Feature Articles

February 2011

Coker College in Hartsville, SC, Features Works by Jim Collins

Coker College in Hartsville, SC, is presenting, Absolutely Ambiguous, an exhibition of mixed-media collages by sculptor Jim Collins, on view in the Cecelia Coker Bell Gallery through Feb. 24, 2012. A reception will be held on Feb. 24.

Collins has an extensive exhibition record including numerous solo shows, invitational exhibits and competitions. Presently, he concentrates mostly on private and public commissions.

For his show at Coker Collins focuses on another large body of work consisting of collage and assemblage - the first term refers to a two-dimensional composition that uses found materials, while the latter refers to a three-dimension composition using that method.

“Jim Collins knows that every viewer brings unique experiences to the interpretation of art,” said Assistant Professor of Art and Gallery Director Larry Merriman.

“Consequently, the perceived message may vary from one viewer to another. While some artists find this discouraging, Jim Collins relishes the varied responses his colorful, nostalgic imagery elicits from his audience,” Merriman said.

Collins was a Professor of Art at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga from 1966 until 1983 when he resigned that teaching position to devote full time to his career as a professional artist. He received a bachelor’s degree from Marshall University, a Master of Public Health from the University of Michigan and a Master of Fine Arts in sculpture from Ohio University.

On Feb. 24, the last day of Collins’ show, he will give two gallery talks (times to be announced).

For further information check our SC Institutional Gallery listings, call the gallery at 843/383-8156 or visit (http://www.wix.com/cokerartgallery/ccgb).

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