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April 2011

Coker College in Hartsville, SC, Features Works by Senior Art Students

Coker College in Hartsville, SC, will be presenting Senior Art Exhibitions, featuring portfolios of graduating art majors, on view in the Cecelia Coker Bell Gallery from Apr. 4 through May 6, 2011.The exhibition will feature five different shows, one per week, with an opening reception from 7-8pm each Monday evening during the exhibition.

Senior Art Exhibitions, a 43-year tradition at Coker, are required of graduating art majors and are intended to represent the culmination of four years of study and offer a glimpse of the directions the artists may explore with their work following graduation.

“The experience of preparing a solo show for the senior exhibition is both exciting and nerve-wracking,” said Norah Wofford, whose show will open on Apr. 25, 2011.

“This is an opportunity for us to learn more about working with galleries and with other people’s interpretations of our work, but with that opportunity also comes the pressure to represent ourselves and our department as well as we can,” she said.

The Senior Art Exhibition schedule this year is as follows: Apr. 4 - 8, features works by Danielle Glidden of Columbia, SC; Apr. 11 - 15, features works by Amanda McPhail of Irmo, SC; Apr. 18 - 22, features works by John Shearer of Hartsville, SC; Apr. 25 - 29, features works by Norah Wofford of Georgetown, SC; and May 2 - 6, features works by Sarah Folsom of Bishopville, SC.

The receptions for each show are free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

Students who major in art select from four concentrations: fine arts, graphics and web design, photography and art education.

“Over their four years at Coker College, art majors receive a foundation in both studio skills and computer technology that leads to the production of art works that emphasize content and quality of expression,” said Art Department Chair Professor Jean Grosser.

“The outcome of the Coker experience is the work that we will see in the Senior Art Exhibition. We wish these students continued success and hope that they will never stop learning and growing,” she said.

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 U.S. News & World Report as well as The Princeton Review.

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 to (

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