New Art Department Chair Showcases Oil Painting Exhibit

Lissa Diaz

Bethel College Assistant Professor of Art and Art Department Chair Michael May will open his first exhibit at the college, “Futile Proposals,” in the Weaver Art Gallery. The gallery will feature May’s art from Sept. 9 to Oct. 1, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Saturday.

May’s exhibit consists of oil paintings that depict experiments by a fictional, harmless lunatic.

“The work is layered so visitors can experience the work as deeply as they wish,” says May. “On the surface, each painting is a joke. Upon deeper inspection, visitors might connect the jokes to more series concepts like racism or other human idiosyncrasies.

After receiving his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Ball State University in 2003, May held a variety of jobs in a direct care capacity working with "at-risk" youth, adults with mental illnesses and preschoolers with special needs. In 2010, he graduated from Miami University with a Master of Fine Arts degree in painting. He spent five years teaching painting, color theory and 2D and 3D design at Columbus College of Art & Design.

May exhibits his work in solo, group and juried national and international exhibitions and is the recipient of the Ohio Arts Council's Individual Excellence Award for his outstanding accomplishments in painting. He was twice nominated for the Columbus College of Art & Design's Teaching Excellence award.

Weaver Art Gallery exhibits are located inside the Everest-Rohrer Chapel/Fine Arts Center on the campus of Bethel College and are free and open to the public. For any questions, contact the Art Department at 574.807.7022 or