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Hesston College student artwork is on display in three locations from now until May 3. The student work features a variety of art media from both fall and spring semesters of the 2012-13 academic year. All exhibits are free and open to the public.

The college’s annual juried student art show is on display in the Regier Friesen Gallery. Ted Adler, associate professor of ceramics at Wichita (Kan.) State University, served as juror for the show. Students receiving recognition included:

  • Best in Show: Phillip Hilty, Peoria, Ariz.
  • Juror’s Choice: Russell Klassen, Goshen, Ind.
  • First Place: Trevor Toews, Hesston, Kan.
  • Second Place: Nadia Loveta, Jakarta, Indonesia
  • Third Place: Andrea Kelley, Archbold, Ohio

Honorable mentions in specific media include:

  • Painting: Tori Wheeler, Hesston, Kan.
  • Printmaking: Kayla Stevenson, Meade, Kan.
  • Drawing: Marissa Schuett, Wichita, Kan.
  • Photography: Alyssa Gustafson, Derby, Kan.
  • Ceramics: Leah Unruh, Walton, Kan.
  • Sculpture: Carley Wyse, Archbold, Ohio

The public is invited to attend a reception for the artists from 3 to 5 p.m. Monday, April 29, in the Regier Friesen Gallery. The gallery is located in the Friesen Center for the Visual Arts on the Hesston College campus and is open to the public from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

A second viewing option for student artwork is the college’s Sophomore Art Major Exhibit featuring the work of Kayla Stephenson (Meade, Kan.) and Tori Wheeler (Hesston, Kan.). The exhibit is located in the entry to Mary Miller Library in Smith Center on the Hesston College campus.

An additional show of student work will be featured at Peace Connections, 612 North Main St. in Newton, as part of Art and Music in the Heart of Downtown Newton event Thursday, April 25. The exhibit features drawings done by students in the college’s Drawing II course reflecting their participation in a March 20 on-campus Poverty Simulation organized by the college and Harvey County Circles of Hope – Peace Connections. Students also were required to conduct additional research on poverty as part of their work for the assignment. The Peace Connections exhibit can be viewed from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays until May 30.

Art students study under Lois Misegadis, who teaches drawing, painting, graphic design, photography, design and color theory, and Hanna Eastin, who teaches ceramics.

Located 30 miles north of Wichita, Hesston College is the two-year liberal arts college of Mennonite Church USA.