40th Bethany Fall Annual Art Exhibit Opens

BETHANY, W.Va. – Nearly 70 pieces of original works in a variety of media by artists living within an 80-mile radius of Bethany College are now on display at the College’s Renner Union Gallery in the 40th Bethany Fall Annual Art Exhibit. The event is being presented by the Bethany College Department of Fine and Performing Arts and the Student Activities Council.

The doors opened on Friday, Nov. 7 with the annual Awards Reception. Dora Reed of Wheeling, W.Va. received “Best of Show” honors for her mixed media piece titled, “A Kid, Black Sheep, Old Goat.” Five pieces were selected for Merit Awards and five more received Honorable Mention. Steve Vasilou served as this year’s Fall Annual Juror. A former Professor of Fine Arts at Wheeling College, Vasilou is a well-known artist and craftsman from Wheeling, W.Va.

The tradition dates back to 1969 when the inaugural Bethany Fall Annual Art Exhibit was held on campus as a joint effort between the Art Department — now the Department of Fine and Performing Arts — and the Renner Union Programming Board — now the Student Activities Council. This year’s event runs through Friday, Dec. 5. Hours for the Renner Union Gallery are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. on weekdays and Noon to 6 p.m. on weekends. Private viewing opportunities are available by appointment.

Here is the list of award winners from the 40th Annual Bethany Fall Annual Art Exhibit:

Best of Show


  • Dora Reed, Wheeling, W.Va. “A Kid, Black Sheep, Old Goat” – Mixed Media

Merit Awards

  • Cecy Rose, Wheeling, W.Va. “Raven Betty” – Mixed Media
  • Judith Minder, Wheeling, W.Va. “Anna’s Hat” – Pastels
  • Robert Schramm, West Liberty, W.Va. “Point of View” – Photograph
  • Betsy Cox, Wheeling, W.Va. “Lady in Red” – Mixed Media
  • Joe Raymond, Benwood, W.Va., “Milk Jugs” – Oils

Honorable Mention

  • Paul Hornung, Steubenville, Ohio, “Pearly Nautilus” – Oils
  • Paul Padgett, Wheeling, W.Va. “NY Cancelled” – Mixed Media
  • Virginia Price, Wintersville, Ohio “Garden Greens” – Watercolors
  • Kevin Clancy, Bethany, W.Va. “Land of the Rising Sun” – Acrylics
  • Aaron Anslow, Washington, Pa. “Covered Jar” - Ceramics

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.