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

picture of colored circles by Tracy miller
"Circles," by Tracy Miller won the "Best Overall" award.

April 28, 2022
Story by Joe Vinduska
Courtesy Photos submitted

The Shafer Gallery held an opening reception for the BaRTaRT Faculty Student and Staff Exhibition on April 8 and awards were given to Barton students participating in the student art competition.

This year’s guest judge was Ron Michael, Director of the Sandzen Memorial Gallery in Lindsborg. He gave critiques of the award-winning artwork and words of encouragement to the student artists. The exhibit runs through May 13 and also features ceramic art by Michael as well works by Barton faculty and members of the Shafer Gallery staff.

“The hard work of creating and the discipline involved in the production of any work of art finds its culmination in the Gallery,” said Gallery Director Dave Barnes. “A work of art has to be seen to be experienced, to have life and to impact and inspire the world. Without the exhibit, the artist’s work is like a song that is written but never performed. The BaRTaRT exhibit is our way of giving the artists of the Barton community the opportunity to sing loud in a supportive professional art world context. “

The winners of this year’s BaRTaRT competition are as follows:

Best Overall:
Tracy Miller, “Circles.”

Third Place, Karen Gore, “Summer Pickings.”
Second Place, Isabelle Gonzalez, “Don’t Move the Spotlight.”
First Place, Tracy Miller, “Still Life 2.”

Graphic Mediums:
Second Place, Ashley Herrman, “Mind Melt.”
First Place, Ruthie Webster, “The Maiden (Mucha Tribute).”

Second Place, Jaci Guthrie, “Navidad.”
First Place, Dolores Baker, “Textured Flower Pot.”

To see all entries visit:

The Shafer Gallery is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is always free. For more information, contact Barnes at or (620) 792-9342.