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March 2014

Coker College in Hartsville, SC, Features Works by Dawn Gettler

Coker College in Hartsville, SC, will present maybe if I called you darling, featuring an installation by Chicago artist, Dawn Gettler, on view in the Cecelia Coker Bell Gallery, from Mar. 3 - 28, 2014. A reception will be held on Mar. 3, from 7-8pm. Gettler will give a gallery talk at 7:10pm followed by a question and answer session.

Some of Gettler’s words are literally as well as figuratively sugar coated, while others are dipped in salty brine prior to installation. Some of her sculptural installations contain words encased in sugar, texts flocked with sugar or salt, and sheets of text hung in unusual configurations that offer the viewer familiar words in an unusual setting.

Gettler received a BFA in printmaking from The University of Northern Iowa in 2003 and her MFA from Ohio University in 2006. She has been an artist in residence at Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, Spiro Arts, ART342, KHN Center for the Arts, and Spudnik Press in Chicago. In 2011, Gettler was the summer artist in residence and mounted a solo exhibition at Artspace in Raleigh, NC. In 2012, she was awarded a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts for a full fellowship residency at Women’s Studio Workshop in Rosendale, NY.

Gettler had solo exhibitions in the fall of 2012 at Illinois Central College in Peoria, IL, Rx: a Pharmacy Gallery, in Springfield, IL, and Swim in Chicago, IL. She recently installed a site-specific installation, “louder than silence,” in Elzay Gallery at Ohio Northern University in Ada, OH. This summer she was invited to install “unrequited,” a solo show, at Emory and Henry College in Emory, VA. Gettler has an upcoming solo show at Broward College in Florida. She is currently the Residency Program Manager and Gallery Coordinator at the Prairie Center of the Arts in Peoria, IL.

Coker College upholds and defends the intellectual and artistic freedom of its faculty and students as they study and create art through which they explore the full spectrum of human experience. The college considers such pursuits central to the spirit of inquiry and thoughtful discussion, which are at the heart of a liberal arts education.

For further information check our SC Institutional Gallery listings, call Larry Merriman at 843/383-8156 or visit (www.ceceliacokerbellgallery.com).

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