BETHANY COLLEGE ANNOUNCES SENIOR ART SHOW

BETHANY, W.Va. — The Bethany College Fine Arts Department’s 2008 Senior Art Show will be held March 29 to April 11 in the Renner Union Art Gallery on the Bethany College campus. This year’s show features the work of four seniors – Kevin Clancy, Natalie Fisher, Beth Patsch and Betsy Scott.

The annual Senior Art Show is a collaborative effort in which the students are responsible for all aspects ranging from installation and promotion of the event to working out details for the reception. This year’s show will feature works in a variety of mediums, including drawing, painting, sculpture, collage and ceramics.

"I'm anticipating another interesting exhibit from this year's four senior Visual Art Majors,” said Kenn Morgan, Professor of Fine Arts. “These diversely talented students are well aware that this capstone experience is a significant element of their Bethany education."

Kevin Clancy is the son of Catherine Clancy of Weymouth, Mass. He has served as Commander (President) of Sigma Nu fraternity and has taken an active role in Bethany College’s Greek system. Clancy’s art tends to be of high contrast black and white images or complementary colors that express ideas. His conversions of items taken for granted in everyday life, which demonstrate contemporary frivolity, are a characteristic upon which he prides himself. A self-taught screen printer, Clancy plans to attend graduate school in Boston and study graphic design.

Natalie Fisher is the daughter of Bill and Bonnie Fisher of Waynesburg, Pa. She is active in Phi Mu sorority and is an outfielder for the Bethany softball team. Her primary focus is on two-dimensional art depicting people and everyday life. Natalie’s art draws heavily on emotions stemming from episodes in her life. Natalie also plans to attend graduate school and pursue a master’s degree in teaching.

Beth Patsch, the daughter of Patricia Patsch of Weirton, W.Va., is a Brooke High graduate who enjoys many aspects of two- and three-dimensional. Beth’s artistic endeavors have extended well beyond the borders of Bethany. At the College, she has been a Gallery Worker in the Renner Union Gallery, a Technical Assistant in the Bethany College Theater and President of the Student Artists Guild. Off campus, she has worked as an intern at the Arlington Arts Center in Arlington, Va. and was Stage Manager as well as Light and Sound Designer for Pushing Boxes Productions at the first Washington (D.C.) Capitol Fringe Festival. Beth has also exhibited in many locations including the Renner Union Gallery and the Stifel Center in Wheeling, W.Va. She plans to further her arts education at graduate school in the fall.

Betsy Scott, the daughter of Tim and Maggie Scott, hails from Dormont, Pa. Home-schooled from 2nd Grade through high school; she developed an affinity for art at an early age. After starting out as a Visual Art major, she decided to follow her love of horses to Equine Studies before changing her major back to Visual Art. She continued to ride on the equestrian team, serving as the secretary during her sophomore year, and was named co-captain of the Dressage Team as a junior. Her art focuses primarily on horses, though other animals - and sometimes people - sneak in occasionally. Her favorite mediums are pen and ink, intaglio and relief printmaking and the simple pencil and paper.

“This is sure to be an exciting visual show. I can’t wait to review the accomplishments of this class,” said Herb Weaver, Jennie Steindorf Renner Chair of Fine Arts and Professor of Fine Arts at Bethany.

The Senior Art Show is the celebration of the artistic career of the students. A reception honoring the four seniors and their accomplishments is scheduled for 7-9 p.m. on Saturday, April 5 at the Renner Union Art Gallery. The exhibition and reception are open to the public. For additional information, contact Professor Morgan at (304) 829-7824 or kmorgan@bethanywv.edu.