Eight Bethel College seniors — including Rebecca Schrag and Austin Prouty, of Newton — have work on display during the final weeks of the school year.
The Senior Art Exhibit will be in the Regier Art Gallery in Luyken Fine Arts Center through Commencement Sunday, May 19.
Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and 2 to 4 p.m. Sundays with extended hours during commencement weekend, May 17-19. There is no admission charge.
The artist reception will be from 7 to 9 p.m. May 17 outside the gallery. The public is invited.
Austin Prouty, Newton, is completing a double major in graphic design and business administration.
His senior project was the current special exhibit at Kauffman Museum, “Campaign for a New China: Looking Back on Posters from the Cultural Revolution, 1966-1976,” for which he collaborated with Kauffman Museum staff and the Curatorial Studies class.
The project “was complex, incorporating research, personal accounts and historical research; demanding with tight turnaround schedules and in-house production considerations; and (requiring) careful consideration both in terms of cultural awareness (and) audience interaction. ... The challenges it presented were intensely satisfying to overcome.”
Prouty’s show comprises examples of the different materials he created for the museum exhibit, such as labels and supplementary print pieces.
Rebecca Schrag, a graphic design major from Newton, created a senior show she calls “Flourish: A Floral Company.”
“Flourish has grown out of my love of floral design and my goal to use branding as a tool to promote intentional design,” her artist statement says.
“Through Flourish’s intentional floral design, feelings can be expressed and moments can be cherished. We are all connected. The best we can do is show gratitude to each other and the natural world.
Jesus “Chuy” Alba, an art major from Dallas, is showing acrylic paintings in a collection he calls “Reflejando on i."
“(This exhibit is) dark-toned, but filled with life using hints of color, gold and glitter,” Alba’s artist statement says. “I want to place viewers in my space in hopes that they can find an understanding of who I truly am as an individual. The goal is to open minds.”
Sarah Booth, an art major from Goessel, has titled her senior show “Surviving AND Thriving.”
In her artist statement, Booth addresses a reality that affects millions of people worldwide — mental illness.
“I took what mental health feels like for someone on the inside, and portrayed it on the outside using black-and-white digital photography," she said. "My hope is that the viewer can make a connection to the struggles being displayed, and to provide a space where a conversation can happen and bring more light to this subject.”
Katrina Heinrichs, an art major from Hesston, is exploring identity in her collection of prints called “Идентичность: A Manifestation of Self” (the Russian word “Идентичность” translates as “identity”).
“All throughout my life, I have struggled with holding a true sense of identity, due in part to being adopted from Russia,” Heinrichs’ artist statement says. “With my printmaking series, I have been able to regain a sense of belonging through symbolism depicted by themes and detailing related to my birth country.
“The process of creating my prints has allowed me to reflect on what my story means to me, and through it I have been able to feel more at peace with myself and my story.”
Jordan Hill, a graphic design major from Augusta, is showing “JC Design Studio Brand.”
For her senior project, Hill designed her own brand for photography, ceramics and design — a watermark for photography, a pottery stamp for ceramics, and brand materials such as an invoice, business card, flyer, planner and website.
Joshua Clay is a graphic design major from Escondido, Calif. His senior show is called “Short Story, Tall Tale.”
Clay created and illustrated Vic and His Wish, “a story that will have you wanting to fly away with your super-hero friends. ... Because when it comes to dreams, the sky’s the limit and there is no end.”
Lauren Woodward, an art major from Highlands Ranch, Colo., created a show she calls “Female Empowerment Through Fashion Illustration,” which includes both paintings and photographs.