Bethany College Presents 44th Bethany Fall Annual Art Exhibition, Announces Award Winners

BETHANY, W.Va. — Bethany College’s Department of Visual and Performing Arts concluded its 44th Bethany Fall Annual Art Exhibition — which showcased the work of area artists in the Renner Art Gallery — on December 4 and announces the recipients of the event’s 2011 awards.  

9774artshow.JPGThe Bethany Fall Annual is an exhibition of original art and craft in any medium created by artists and artisans living within an 80-mile radius of the College. Through the decades, the event has featured the work of hundreds of artists, both amateurs and professionals, serving as a dynamic point of connection between the College and the greater community.

This year’s Bethany Fall Annual was dedicated to its creator, Darline Nicholson, who served as dean of women and director of college activities at Bethany and is a long-time supporter of the arts. The 2011 show included 47 works of art by 24 artists.

"Since its inception in the late 1960s the Bethany Fall Annual has kept Bethany College uniquely connected to many artists and artisans from Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia,” said Professor of Fine Arts, Director of Renner Gallery and Curator of Permanent Art Collections Kenn Morgan.  “We have Darline Nicholson, former College Activities Director and Dean, to thank for coordinating these exhibitions for over 20 years until her retirement over a decade ago. The special 2011 BFA was dedicated to this great patron of the arts who now resides in Fairmont, West Virginia."

Morgan served as this year’s Fall Annual juror.

April Waltz of Wheeling, W.Va., received the Best of Show honor for her watercolor work titled “Organic Orchid.” Five works were selected for Merit Awards and five for Honorable Mention.  

Merit Awards

Carla Kutzlo, Wheeling, W.Va., “Cold Case” — photography

Betsy Cox, Glen Dale, W.Va., “Sunset VI” — ceramics

Robert Sako, St. Clairsville, Ohio, “Chutes and Ladders” — mixed mediums

Sharon Lee Hanse, Barnesville, Ohio, “Be Free” — mixed mediums

Pat Temple, Wheeling, W.Va., “Paris – The Ultimate Flea Market” — photography  

Honorable Mention Awards

Suzanne Polinski, Shadyside, Ohio, “Bellaire Bridge Toll Booth” — photography

Daniel Caron, Bellaire, Ohio, “Prayers to Heaven” — photography

Bruce Cooey, Wheeling, W.Va., “Winter Camp” — acrylics

Greta Foose, Wheeling, W.Va., “Shades of Individuality” — photography

Andree Weimer, Flushing, Ohio, “Born to Wonder” — acrylics

For more information, contact Morgan at 304.829.7824. 

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.