Bringing Out The Artist Inside
Rogers Trust awards grant to Methodist College for High School art exhibit
T he Florence Rogers Charitable Trust has awarded a $4,125 grant to the Methodist College Art Department to support a juried art exhibit for area high school students.
“This exhibit will showcase the works of talented high school art students in Cumberland and surrounding counties,” said Silvana Foti, professor of art at Methodist. “We hope this will motivate students to continue their studies in the field of visual arts.”
Invitations and exhibit criteria will be sent to art teachers in area high schools this fall, explaining how students may submit art work for the juried exhibit. A variety of media will be accepted—painting, drawing, mixed media, printmaking, sculpture, photograph , computer graphics and ceramics. The student artists whose works are selected will be recognized at the exhibit’s opening reception. Nolan Clarke of the Florence Rogers Chari- table rust presents a check to Silvana Foti.
Art works accepted for the juried exhibit will be photographed and featured in a printed catalogue along with an artist’s statement for each work submitted. The works will be displayed next spring in the Mallett-Rogers House on the Methodist College campus. A judges panel made up of outside artists will determine which works receive First Place, Second Place, Third Place, or Honorable Mention recognition.
In a separate grant this spring, the Rogers Trust awarded $4,498 to Methodist’s Lura Tally Center for Leadership Development to purchase leadership training materials and related equipment.
During April, a gallery exhibit by MC art students was featured at the Cape Fear Regional Theatre. L to R, Ramon Rodriguez, Kelly Green, Curtis Stephens, Patti Wisniewski, Angie Mahon, Adam Dewey.
Well On His Way
Ben Wells appointed MC’s new campus minister
en Wells ’95, is the new campus minister at Methodist College. He succeeds the Rev. Carl King, who resigned to
take a similar post at Columbia College in South Carolina.
A religion major at Methodist, Wells received his Master of Divinity degree from Duke Divinity School in 1998. He was associate pastor at First United Methodist Church in Morehead City from 1998-99. In January 2000, he was appointed pastor of Westwood United Methodist Church in Goldsboro, NC.
Wells was married last October to Tobyn Lee Domske. They met while she was working as youth minister at
a Presbyterian church in the Morehead City area. She is a graduate of Westminster College in New Wilmington, Pennesylvania.
Prior to his June appointment, Wells met with the Rev. Bill Lowdermilk, MC’s former vice president for church and community relations, and Dr. Hendricks, college president. He also met with George Blanc, vice president for student development and services, and Rev. King. He later attended a staff retreat conducted by the Student Development and Services Office of which he will be a part.
He moved into his campus office on the lower level of the Berns Student Center the first week in July. Wells said he looks forward to the challenge of ministering to the full Methodist College community—students, staf , and faculty.
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