Bethany College senior artist Courtney Kenny will exhibit her senior art show, “Between Black and White,” at the Mingenback Art Center on campus from Dec. 1 to 7.
A reception will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Dec. 2, with a gallery talk by the artist at 2:30 p.m. The exhibition and reception are free and open to the public.
Originally from Omaha, Neb., Kenny enjoys using a variety of media but focuses largely on charcoal.
“I am particularly interested in people,” Kenny said. “As a subject matter, people lend themselves to an extreme level of expression. With a seemingly trivial change in the highlight in a pupil, curve of a mouth, or droop of a shoulder, the entire mood of the piece and subject can be drastically changed. I find it fascinating to be able to evoke such emotions with some paint and a canvas.”
Kenny’s most recent works focus on the various aspects of humanity that both connect and alienate us from each other.
Kenny also will have a solo exhibition this January in Omaha titled “Only Human” at The Jewish Community Center, as well as an exhibition this July in Nebraska City at the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts.
Mingenback Art Center is on the corner of Olsson and Second Street on the Bethany College campus. It is open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday sthrough Fridays. Mingenback houses the premier center for art instruction in the region and a gallery devoted to the work of regional artists and Bethany College students and alumni. The Bethany College Art Department recognizes that open and rigorous inquiry is essential to a liberal-arts education. Because art reflects life, art made and displayed within the Mingenback Art Center may address mature themes.