Three Bethel College seniors, including Veronica Ziegler of Hesston, graduating with degrees in art or graphic design now have their work on display in the Regier Gallery in Luyken Fine Arts Center.

Ziegler is completing a degree in art. Her exhibition features her photography.

Ziegler cites some of her photographic influences: Kansas photographer Jim Richardson as well as Kimberly Comancho, Miles Morgan and Rick Pauzi – plus, perhaps most importantly, the beauty of Kansas itself.

Her senior project, she says, allowed her to “expand my creative thinking and make my art unique.”

Also part of the show is Da’Ron Gillis of Dallas who will complete a degree in graphic design and Zane McHugh, Wichita.

Gillis is showing a project in which he designed menus, napkins, takeout containers and all the “swag” needed for a restaurant.

McHugh is showing ceramics.

Gillis’ inspiration for his restaurant materials mock-up came from his mother, he says, who has a degree in culinary arts and a dream of opening her own restaurant.

He took her favorite colors, yellow and pink, and used variations on them that are “more elegant and powerful,” he says.

His hope with this project is to encourage his mother to revisit her dreams and goals, he says, because she is “my biggest supporter and role model.”  

In his artist statement for the show, McHugh describes starting his project with “no objective in mind besides making functional pottery with a texture that would complement the form.”

It was in moving from lidded jars to bottle forms, he says, “[I] truly came up with my show,” in the midst of trying something new.

The reception for the three students 7 to 8 p.m. May 18 outside the gallery. The public is invited.

The three studied with Rachel Epp Buller, associate professor of visual art and design, David Long, professor of art, Kathy Schrag, adjunct instructor of art, and Donalyn Manion, instructor of graphic design.

Regular Regier Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday,  and 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday. Extra hours for commencement weekend are9 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 21. There is no admission charge.