BETHANY, W.Va. – The Bethany College 2017 Senior Art Show is now open in the College’s Renner Art Gallery. The exhibit, which features the work of Darrian Bruster, Trace Butler, Willett Farkas-Worthy, Kevin Phelps and Ashley Worst, will be available until April 8.
Darrian Bruster is the son of Theodore and Dolores Bruster of Cleveland, Ohio. He was awarded “The Most Outstanding Artist” at Cleveland Central Catholic High School his senior year. In addition, Bruster was a talented student-athlete in basketball throughout his high school years, as well as during his time at Bethany. He has started his own sportswear business, The Last Living Strong Clothing Company, which he plans to expand after graduation in May.
Trace Butler, the son of Richard and Janet Butler, was born in Canton, Ohio. Although he has lived in many places in his life, including Miami, Florida, and Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, his current hometown is Cadiz, Ohio. A graduate of Harrison Central High School, Butler began attending Bethany in the fall of 2012 as an accounting major, but soon switched over to become a Visual Arts Major. After his final year at Bethany, Butler hopes to attend graduate school to continue his visual arts education.
Willett Farkas-Worthy, born and raised in Charleston, West Virginia, is the youngest son of Adrienne Worthy, and Brian Farkas. He graduated from Charleston Catholic High School where he was voted most artistic by his peers his senior year. That artistic drive carried over to his time at Bethany where he is currently a Visual Art major. Farkas-Worthy aspires to continue his art education in a graduate program.
Kevin Phelps, son of Rick and Madeleine Phelps of Wilmington, Ohio, has attended Bethany College since 2012. Phelps came to Bethany to become a Visual Art major to pursue a future in graphic design. Since then, Phelps would like to become an illustrator and continue his education at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh. During his four years at Bethany, Phelps was a member of the varsity football team where he played defensive tackle. As a proud student, he hopes for a successful future after his graduation.
Ashley Worst is the daughter of Jeffery and Susan Worst of Apollo, Pennsylvania, and is a graduate of Apollo-Ridge High School. Worst is a double major in Visual Arts and Equine Management, finishing one degree in the spring of 2017, and hoping to successfully earn her second degree from Bethany College in January of 2018. Worst is the Senior Fellow in the Visual and Performing Arts Department; a member of Alpha Xi Delta sorority, Kappa Pi International Honor Visual Art Fraternity, Gamma Sigma Alpha Greek honor society, Kalon Honor Society, Kalon Scholars; and is involved heavily in campus life, holding leadership positions in most of those. In 2016, Worst was awarded the Wes Wagner Award for excellence in Visual Arts, and received the Allison Award scholarship. After graduation, Worst plans on continuing her education with a focus on ceramics by attending graduate school and becoming a working apprentice to various artists.
A public reception will be held in honor of the artists on Saturday, April 8, from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m. in the Renner Art Gallery.
The Senior Art Show has served as art majors’ senior project requirement, which must be completed before graduation, for many years.
Bethany College is 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.