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Shafer Art Gallery features student and staff work in “Bart Art” Exhibit

painting of hands
"Heat," by Jadelyn Hooper
fish in seaweed ceramic
"Aquarius," by Cassidy Goans

May 20, 2024
Story by Joe Vinduska
Courtesy Photos submitted

The Shafer Gallery held an opening reception for the BaRTaRT Faculty, Student and Staff Exhibition on at the end of the semester, and awards were given to Barton students participating in the student art competition.

This year’s guest judge was ceramic artist Bambi Freeman. She gave critiques of the award-winning artwork and words of encouragement to the student artists. Shafer Gallery Director Alyssa Bliven said the annual show was an exciting exhibition of talent.

“This year's ‘Bart Art’ Exhibition features pieces created by Barton faculty, staff, and students, alongside contributions from our guest Judge, Bambi Freeman,” she said. “Bambi, a talented local artist, teaches art at Central Plains High School and serves as a professional artist for Speedball, a well-known art supply company. The show presents a diverse range of artworks, spanning from drawing and painting to ceramics and fiber works. It's inspiring to witness the creativity flourishing on campus, especially among the students.

The winners of this year’s “Bart Art” competition are as follows:

Traditional Students 2D
First - “Heat,” by Jadelyn Hooper
Second - “The Culprit,” by James Urbanek
Third - “Subjective Beauty,” by Jadelyn Hooper

Traditional Students 3D
First - “Aquarius,” by Cassidy Goans
Second - “Thorn Cage,” by Christopher Young
Third - “Sunken Skull,” by Ian Jennings

Non-Traditional Students
Best 2D- “Flowers and Glass,” by Tracy Miller
Best 3D- “Cosmos,” by Pam Martin
Honorable Mention- “Builders,” by Tracy Miller

The Shafer Gallery is on summer hours now and is open Monday through Thursday, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is always free. For more information, contact Bliven at or (620) 792-9342.