Bethany College proudly presents the 2023 Messiah Festival Juried Student Art Exhibition, featuring works of art created by talented Bethany art majors. The exhibition showcases ceramics, drawings, jewelry, paintings, photography, printmaking, and sculpture and will continue through April 10 in the Mingenback Gallery. The awards ceremony, held on Sunday, April 2, at 2 p.m. in the gallery, announced the following winners:

  • Best of Show: “Depressing Daisies” by Taryn Stout, a senior pre-professional art therapy major from Sterling, Kansas. 
  • Best of 2D: “Queen Bee” by Katie Buchanan, a junior art education major from Salina, Kansas. 
  • Best of 3D: “Beauty in Death” by Caitlyn Myers, a junior art education and studio art major from Mountain City, Texas. 
  • Best of Junior/Senior: “Statue” by Gavin Sutton, a senior accounting, business administration, and finance major from Salina, Kansas.
  • Best of Freshman/Sophomore: “Shades of Green” by Riley Ahlstedt, a freshman art education major from Lindsborg, Kansas.
  • Best of Digital: “Wild Lip Sync” by Indigo Guise, a senior video game design and 3D computer animation major from Salina, Kansas.

“These students are wonderful representatives of the Art and Digital Media Department and Bethany College. All the pieces submitted to the annual Messiah Art Exhibition represent our students’ hard work, passion, and dedication. We are incredibly proud of our students and the continued community support of the arts at Bethany College.

The Mingenback Gallery is free and open to the public on weekdays, Palm Sunday, and Easter weekends from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Bethany College Art Department recognizes the importance of open and rigorous inquiry in a liberal arts education. The Mingenback Art Center serves as a premier center for art instruction. The gallery provides a platform to showcase the works of regional artists, Bethany College students, and alums. 

Bethany College, established by Swedish Lutheran immigrants in 1881, is a college of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. The mission of Bethany College is to educate, develop, and challenge individuals to reach for truth and excellence as they lead lives of faith, learning, and service. At Bethany, students join a community of dedicated educators and caring mentors who walk alongside them as they discover, explore, and navigate the path to their purpose. Bethany College is on the Web at and is located in Lindsborg, Kansas, the fine arts and crafts capital of the state. 

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