50 years of creating
Art department celebrates a milestone
In 1955 Ezra Hershberger moved from Kansas to Goshen College to expand
the art program in order to offer a full-fledged art major. Joined by
Edna Shantz from the home economics department, Ezra and Edna offered a
spectrum of traditional fine arts and crafts courses.
Now 50 years, nearly two dozen faculty and approximately 400
majors later, the art program continues to pulse with vitality. Many
new courses have emerged and served to meet ever-changing demands.
Graduates are now working around the globe, contributing art and other
skills to the world in distinctive
and inventive ways.
The works shown here are from the “50th Anniversary Art Faculty
Exhibit,” which was on display in the Hershberger Art Gallery from
Sept. 7 to Oct. 22 and was composed of works by former and current art
faculty who have made an appreciable contribution by having taught art
at Goshen College for two or more years. The intent for the exhibit was
to offer a distinctive historical survey, providing a broad view of the
styles, media and content of the principle faculty over the past half
century. Faculty artwork, while certainly not the only educational
resource, has consistently offered significant inspiration and markers
of artistic accomplishment to students, the college, the church and