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March 2011

Coker College in Hartsville, SC, Features Works by Heather Freeman

Coker College in Hartsville, SC, is presenting the exhibit, Heather Freeman: Digital and Traditional Media, on view in the Cecelia Coker Bell Gallery through Mar. 25, 2011.

An assistant professor of digital media at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte, in Charlotte, NC, Freeman has been interested in science since she was a child.

“I am particularly interested in the language and symbolic forms of science and where these intersect with mythic, religious and popular iconographies,” explains Freeman. “I believe science has merged with popular culture to become a covertly ‘universal’ religion.

“I am particularly interested in ways we import the very public and secular languages and symbols of media into the very private languages of family, friendships and spirituality,” she adds.

Freeman holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Fine Art and German Studies from Oberlin College and a Master of Fine Arts in Studio Art from Rutgers University. Previously, Freeman worked as an art director, graphic designer, editor and animator in New York and New Jersey. Since 2001 she has also taught art, graphic design and visual rhetoric at various institutions including the University of Kentucky and Clemson University.

Freeman’s work is regularly exhibited regionally and nationally and has appeared in international exhibitions in Canada, China, Cuba, Germany, Hungary, New Zealand, Sweden and Thailand.

The Cecelia Coker Bell Gallery is located in the Gladys C. Fort Art Building on the Coker College campus.

Coker College readies undergraduates for personal and professional success through a distinctive four-year program that emphasizes a practical application of the liberal arts as well as hands-on and discussion-based learning within and beyond the classroom. Coker is ranked among the “Best Colleges” in the South by US News & World Report as well as The Princeton Review. Located in Hartsville, Coker is within two hours of the cultural, financial and recreational resources of Charlotte, NC; Columbia, Charleston, and Myrtle Beach in SC.

For further information check our SC Institutional Gallery listings, contact Gallery Director and Assistant Professor of Art, Larry Merriman at 843/383-8156 or e-mail at (

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