Bethany College Announces 2009 Senior Art Exhibit

BETHANY, W.Va. — The Department of Fine and Performing arts at Bethany College has announced the 2009 Senior Art Exhibit. The exhibit, an annual event, will be held March 30 through April 9 in Bethany’s Renner Union Art Gallery. A reception will be held on April 4 from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., also in the Renner Union Art Gallery.

7140SrShowWEB.jpgFeatured in this year’s exhibit are senior Visual Arts majors Katherine Orwig, Julie Wilson, Danielle Geer and Jennifer Smith, artists of diverse backgrounds and styles. A requirement for Visual Arts majors, these students will assemble all aspects of the exhibit, including advertising the event, hanging the show and providing original pieces for the exhibit and reception.

Orwig, a transfer student, is the daughter of Roseann Orwig and the granddaughter of Katherine Loss of Monongah, W.Va. Her life has been dedicated to the arts since she was five years old. Her work focuses on the human figure, and her portraits feature a bright palette. A member of Kappa Pi International Art Honorary Fraternity and Alpha Psi Omega Honorary Theatre Fraternity, Orwig was also the recipient of both the A. Kenneth Stevenson Theatre Award and the Jane Judy Phillips Memorial Award in Theatre.

Wilson, a graduate of Trinity High School (Washington, Pa.), is the daughter of Arthur and Beverly Wilson of Amity, Pa. She is a member of Zeta Tau Alpha Sorority. Her artwork is primarily two-dimensional and consists of natural world themes, expressing her love for the outdoors.

A graduate of Apollo Ridge High school, Geer is the youngest daughter of Marvin and Cynthia Geer of Apollo, Pa. She spent two years studying at the Pratt Institute in Utica, N.Y. She is an active member of Bethany’s Student Art Guild and the Gay Straight Alliance on campus. She is the Bethany College Theatre Senior Fellow. She is also a sister of Delta Epsilon Pi, a locally founded sorority formed at Bethany College in September 2007. Her work is mostly figurative and consists of multimedia. She is a firm believer that the creative mind should not limit its possibilities for expression.

Smith is a 2005 graduate of Steubenville Catholic Central in Steubenville, Ohio. She is the youngest child of Kathleen Malnar and Michael Smith. She is actively involved with work study positions in the ceramics lab and biology department. Her art focuses on practical ceramic ware.

“It’s always exciting to see what the seniors will exhibit in their show,” said Kenneth Morgan, Professor of Fine Arts at Bethany College. “There is no way these four girls can disappoint us. This is the first all-woman senior art exhibit in eight years, so that will be an additional treat. Each of them has developed a sense of artistic confidence and style that will be easy to discern.”

The exhibit and reception are open to the public and will feature a selection of the artists’ works for sale. For additional information, contact Morgan at 304-829-7824 or

Bethany College is a small college of national distinction located on a picturesque and historic 1,300-acre campus in the Northern Panhandle of West Virginia. Founded in 1840, Bethany is the state’s oldest private college.