SENIOR ART SHOW ANNOUNCED AT BETHANY COLLEGE

BETHANY, W.Va. — The Bethany College Senior Art Show will run March 16 - 28, 2007 in the Renner Union Art Gallery at Bethany College.

The show will feature the work of current senior visual arts majors - Michele Avant, Rachel Baumgardner, Jeffrey Bee, Rebekah Cypert, Meghan Etzel-Hardman, Kimberly Strano and Charles Wilfong Jr.

The show is the culminating event of their artistic endeavors while attending Bethany College. It will showcase roughly 15 pieces of the best work from each artist created during their undergraduate experience.

Avant, the daughter of Joyce and Aaron Stimmell of Washington Pa, is an Art Education major with a minor in Zoology. After graduation, she will pursue a teaching and art therapy career. Avant’s art mainly deals with animals and children, and her preferred mediums are paintings, prints and ceramics.

The daughter of Gary and Georgann Baumgardner, Baumgardner is from Finleyville, Pa. After two years of majoring in social work, Baumgardner changed her major to visual arts. Following graduation, she is interested in attending graduate school for graphic design. Her art varies, but she enjoys photography and landscapes, as well as abstraction.

Bee, the son of James and Krista Bee, is from Parkersburg, W.Va. He first found a passion for art while attending middle school in North Carolina, however when he first began his education at Bethany it was with a major in computer science. Eventually, Bee decided to pursue his interests by switching to a visual art major with a computer science minor. Jeffrey works in both two-dimensional and three-dimensional media and usually includes human forms in his work. Acrylic paint, ink, pencil and ceramics are among his favorite mediums with which to work.

Cypert, the daughter of Mark and Merrie Cypert, is from Allen, Texas. She has been a visual arts major since starting her college career at Bethany, and more recently has picked up a track in art education. Last semester she completed her student teaching at Wellsburg Middle School (Wellsburg, W.Va.) and Wheeling Park High School (Wheeling, W.Va). On campus, Cypert has also been involved in Amnesty International, served as the President of her sorority, Phi Mu, and is also an active member of Bethany Memorial Church. After graduation she is interested in teaching art. Her work consists of a variety of mediums and specific content of images from her travels.

Etzel-Hardman, daughter of Jay and Dana Etzel-Hardman, is from Pittsburgh, Pa. She has been interested in art for as long as she can remember, and from the start of her time at Bethany has been majoring in Visual Art and minoring in film studies. Meghan is a Kalon Leadership scholar, and has also served as the Secretary and President of the school’s Student Artists’ Guild. After graduation, she will be attending the Douglass Education Center in Monessen, Pa. for the Tom Savini special effects make-up program and plans to work in film and theater. Meghan works with 2-D, 3-D and digital art, and her subject matter deals mostly with fantasy.

The daughter of Robert and Cynthia Strano from Wexford Pa., Strano was a former Biology major and has held the position as Ritual chairman for her sorority, Phi Mu. She enjoys painting, landscapes, photography, and abstract drawings. After graduation, she plans on attending the Art Institute of Pittsburgh to study interior design.

Wilfong Jr. from Austintown, Ohio, is the son of Charles Sr. and Shawne Wilfong. He is currently involved with many student groups at Bethany, including the Student Artists’ Guild. His 2-D works usually consist of cartooning and caricatures and his 3-D works focus on busts. After graduation, Wilfong intends to attend the Douglass school to pursue a career in cartooning.

The Artists’ Reception will be held March 24 from 7:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Entertainment and refreshments will be provided.

For more information, please contact Kenn Morgan, Professor of Fine Arts at Bethany College at 304-829-7824 or kmorgan@bethanywv.edu.