"Among the Marks” and “LabK Unveiled” Art Exhibitions Open at Bethel University

Lissa Diaz

Bethel University’s Weaver Gallery presents their opening art exhibition of the 2019-2020 academic year.  A reception will be held on Friday, Sept. 6, 2019 at 11 a.m. in the Great Hall located in the Everest-Rohrer Chapel/Fine Arts Center on the campus of Bethel University. The artwork will be on display from Sept. 6 through Oct. 31, 2019. This show will be a collaborative effort, featuring guest artist William Potter’s artwork in the Weaver Gallery and Bethel University’s Kindergarten Lab students’ artwork in the Great Hall.

William Potter is an Associate Dean of Faculty Affairs and an Associate Professor of Foundation Studies at the Herron School of Art and Design in Indianapolis.  His exhibit, “Among the Marks,” will feature several large works created with a full circle approach (hand to sketch, sketch to screen, machine to studio and back to the hand again) involving many mediums.

"I see the working process as a form of conceptual engagement. As I am working in the studio, I am making abstract ideas physical. I see thinking as tied to structure. The constructions then become a tangible form that mirrors the structure of thinking. They evolve, shift, and re-contextualize like a thought does. I am inspired directly by process, form, and the beauty of abstract relationships," Potter says.

"LabK Unveiled" will run concurrent to Mr. Potter's exhibit and will be an invigorating demonstration of the artistic perspective of kindergarten students.  Bethel Art Professor Chad Eric Jay worked in conjunction with Kindergarten teacher Mrs. Ariana Grabill, as well as other Department of Art students and staff, in order to achieve this first-of-its-kind exhibition.  These kindergarten students are all a part of the on-campus Kindergarten Lab class, made possible by Bethel's Education Department and School City of Mishawaka. This exhibition is free and open to the public.

The Weaver Gallery Hours are Monday-Saturday from 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.


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