Bethany College Announces 2013 Senior Art Exhibit

BETHANY, W.Va. — artshow.jpgThe Bethany College 2013 Senior Art Exhibit will be displayed April 5- 14 in the Renner Art Gallery.

The show features the combined works of senior studio art majors Carl Dean Cosentino, Marcus D’Aguiar-Alexander, Brennan Davies, Elizabeth Kletzli, Kayla Smuck and Victoria Spriggs. The exhibit is comprised of various works created during their career at Bethany College. With each senior exemplifying interest in different mediums, such as painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, ceramics and much more.

Cosentino was born in Colorado Springs and grew up in Avella, Pa. He attended Avella High School and in 2006 graduated from Western Area Career and Technology Center, where he studied welding, with multiple honors.

Employed while in school, Cosentino worked as a stainless steel tungsten inert gas welder. After graduation, he decided to transition and work for the Boilermakers Union for more than a year before he decided to go back to school and enrolled into the Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC). After a semester at CCAC, he transferred to Bethany College as a visual arts major.

Cosentino is a member of Delta Tau Delta Fraternity, Kappa Pi International Honorary Art Society and Gamma Sigma Alpha National Honor Society and plans to continue his art education in graduate school. He enjoys both two- and three- dimensional design – including drawing, printmaking, sculpture, and ceramics—creating functional and non- functional pieces that symbolize, and in some cases incorporate, the four classical elements of fire, earth, wind and water. The challenges of construction in the third-dimension and creating pieces that have a symbiotic relationship with nature are what Cosentino enjoys most about his art.

The son of April Alexander, D’Aguiar-Alexander was born in Upper Marlboro, Md. He has been creating art since middle school when he was inspired by the cartoon shows of the late 1990s and early 21st century such as “Dragon Ball Z,” “The Boondocks” and many others.

While at Frederick Douglass High School, D’Aguiar-Alexander expanded his knowledge of creating art by studying computer graphics. His favorite medium for making fine art is charcoal, sharpie and graphic design. His favorite form is animation.

Davies, son of Dawn M. Fife and James M. Nelson, is preparing for his final semester at Bethany College before his graduation in fall of 2013.  He was born and raised in the Ohio Valley and hopes to return home one day to teach and settle down.  After graduation, Davies plans to attend California University’s graduate program for art education while earning an apprenticeship in tattooing.

He is a studio art major and artists such as Salvador Dali, Pablo Picasso and Georgia O’Keefe influence his work.  Davies is a member of Delta Tau Delta Fraternity, and his other interests are music production and playing in his band.

Kletzli, daughter of John and Annette Kletzli, was born and raised in Carnegie, Pa. As a child, Kletzli displayed an interest in the arts, but after graduating in 2009 from Chartiers Valley High School with high honors, she was only given the opportunity to take one art class.

At Bethany College, Kletzli found a spot in the studio arts program, finding interests in printmaking, sculpture and mixed media/collage. She finds inspiration for her work in her everyday endeavors, creating pieces she hopes will connect with the viewer in an emotional way. Kletzli is a member of the Kappa Pi International Honorary Art Fraternity and after graduation hopes to further her education in either animation or theatrical make-up design. She is also interested in illustration. 

Smuck was born in Weirton, W.Va. and is the daughter of Archie and Kimberly Smuck. She works mostly in mixed mediums and has a passion for showing emotion through her pieces.

In fourth grade, Smuck received her first art award, which was presented on the cover of the literary magazine for her school. She took every art class her high school offered and was a teacher’s aide after accomplishing her classes. Smuck has also received merit awards at art shows at Bethany College. She is a member of the Kappa Pi International Honorary Art Fraternity and would like to further her education in the field of theatrical makeup design and teaching after graduation.

Spriggs currently resides in Hackettstown, N.J. with her family and identical twin sister. She is a 2008 graduate of Hackettstown High School. While at Bethany she has been involved in Kappa Pi International Honorary Art Fraternity.

After graduation, Spriggs plans to pursue a career in graphic design and illustration. Her current work is mainly two-dimensional in nature with painting being her favorite art form. Her work ranges from acrylics to watercolors and her inspiration comes from the tantalizing aspects of humanity. Spriggs hopes her work will continue to be a reflective process and experience for both herself and the gallery viewers.

Jennie Steindorf Renner Chair of Fine Arts and Professor of Fine Arts Kenn Morgan commented on the seniors’ success. "This year's six senior artists have developed the talent and skill to represent our visual art major in a significant way. They should be prepared to do very well in the world after graduating from Bethany College," said Morgan.

"Though I have only worked with these artists for a few semesters, I am very proud and honored to have had the opportunity to see them grow and discover themselves in art,” said Aaron Anslow, assistant professor of fine arts. “They are a diverse and talented group that will go on to do great things."

The Artist’s Reception will be held from 7:30-9 p.m. on April 14 at the Renner Art Gallery. For information, please contact Morgan by phone at (304) 829-7824 or by email at