Seven Graduating Artists to Present Bethany College Senior Show

BETHANY, W.Va. – The Bethany College Visual and Performing Arts Department will present its annual Senior Art Show March 28 – April 14. The exhibit will be located in the Renner Art Gallery at the College and will feature fine art from Bethany’s seven visual art students graduating in 2011.

Participants are Shane Buydasz, Kim Foflygen, Alex Frankhouser, Leah Karst, Sarah LeDonne, Ryan Sipe and Loraine Ziegler. The students’ collective display of artwork acts as a final step towards graduation and a transition to the next chapter in their careers. The artists represent a number of individual styles and approaches, promising a show varied in artistic media and content.

Professor of Fine Arts Kenn Morgan stated, “This year's super seven seniors exhibit an outstanding array of exceptional talent and academic skill which has been so enjoyable to encourage over the past four years. They truly define 'no two are alike.' Morgan continued, “Both Herb Weaver (Jennie Steindorf Renner Chair of Fine Arts and Professor of Fine Arts) and I will surely miss these students next year, but we're confident that each of them will contribute greatly to the art world beyond Bethany. And that is our greatest goal as teachers."
Buydasz, from Canonsburg, Pa., is the son of Terry Garber of Canonsburg, Pa., and Andy Buydasz of Wintersville, Ohio. Buydasz works primarily in two-dimensional art, specifically drawing and painting. He is a member of Kappa Pi, the national art honor society, and Alpha Psi Omega, the national theatre honor society. He has served as the president of the Student Artists’ Guild and has worked as a cartoonist and writer for Bethany’s student newspaper, The Tower, for many years. Buydasz is also devoted to theatre, working behind the scenes as a technician and designer, as well as on the stage. He has also created much of the poster art for Bethany’s theatre productions. Buydasz notes that he likes to create “creepy” or unsettling art, drawing inspiration from his favorite artist, Edvard Munch. He enjoys creating parodies of famous works, often inserting aspects from his favorite movies or comic books.

Foflygen, from Paris, Pa., is the daughter of Brian and Kathleen Foflygen. Foflygen’s preferred media are clay and paint; she also enjoys linoleum cut printmaking and assemblage. Foflygen likes to create artwork whose themes include those relating to archetypal and mythical concepts, as well as cues from the natural world, particularly in sculpture. Foflygen hopes to graduate with a degree in German and visual art. After graduation, Foflygen plans to further her studies in sociolinguistics.

Frankhouser, from Uniontown, Pa., is the daughter of Nina and Gary Frankhouser. Frankhouser is a visual art major with a minor in education. Frankhouser is a member of Kappa Pi, the Student Artists’ Guild, and Kappa Delta Pi. Frankhouser is also a member of the Zeta Tau Alpha sorority. After graduating from Bethany College, she plans to continue her education at Carlow University. During her time at graduate school, she hopes to gain a master’s degree in art education. After completing her education she plans to teach art on the college level.
Karst, of Pittsburgh, Pa., is the daughter of Josef and Amy Karst, originally from Meisenheim, Germany. Karst uses a variety of artistic mediums, her favorite of which are pastels for two-dimensional art and clay for three-dimensional sculptures. In her free time she plays electric bass in local rock band The Badness and has participated in the Bethany College Rock Ensemble for all four of her years at Bethany.

LeDonne, from Elizabeth, Pa., is the daughter of Sherri and Michael LeDonne. LeDonne is a member of the Zeta Tau Alpha Sorority and the honorary art fraternity of Kappa Pi. LeDonne’s preferred type of artwork is created from clay to form three-dimensional sculptures or ornamental pieces. Her post-graduation plans are undecided.

Sipe, from Penn Hills, Pa., is the son of Donna and Richard Sipe. Along with attending Penn Hills Senior High, Sipe went to Forbes Road East Career Center to study commercial art. He was a four-year varsity football player for the Bethany Bison and was named defensive captain during his senior season. Sipe is also a member of the Beta Theta Pi fraternity and the Kappa Pi art honors society. Sipe’s favorite art is realistic renderings and surreal cartoons. He also enjoys working in ceramic. Upon graduation, Sipe plans to go to graduate school for a teaching certification.

Ziegler, from Bethel Park, Pa., is the daughter of Kurt and Mettelise Ziegler. Ziegler followed in her mother’s footsteps to attend Bethany College. She decided to be a visual art major because she knew she wanted to be employed in a field in which she would feel passionate and inspired about her work. Ziegler’s preferred medium is acrylic paints. She is the Balfour of Phi Mu Sorority, the president of the Epsilon Chi chapter of Kappa Pi International Honorary Fraternity, and a merit award winner at both the 2009 and 2010 Bethany College Student Art Exhibits.

A free and open reception will be held in honor of the artists on April 9 from 7:30-9 p.m. This is a time during which members of the public, family and friends may gather to talk with the artists and view their work. Several pieces will be available for sale at the show.
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.