Feature Articles

June Issue 2002

Conn Gallery in Landrum, SC, Offers Exhibition Featuring Women's Perspective

Conn Gallery in Landrum, SC, is featuring in its front gallery pace, four new artists which will be part of a continuing, rotating schedule at the gallery. The exhibit entitled, A Woman's Perspective, features works by Nikki Caulk, Hank Heintzberger, Nancy O'Dell Keim and Teresa Prater, will continue through June 28, 2002.

Nikki Caulk is the youngest member of this group - only 24 - and just graduated from Converse College with a BFA in 2000. She lives in Spartanburg and dedicates herself to her studio work, as well as teaching beginning drawing, pastel, and figure drawing classes at the Spartanburg Art Center. Caulk has shown her landscapes and figure drawings in several juried exhibits since leaving college; Conn Gallery will be her first big show with three other artists.

Hank Heintzberger, a blacksmith by trade, began hand-crafting decorative and functional ironwork for his clients in the early 90s. After attending Porterville Horseshoeing School in California in the late 1960s, he and his wife ran a boarding farm there. They later moved to the East coast to be involved with the equine industry. Heintzberger and his wife,Leslie, have lived in NC since 1990. Heintzberger established a horseshoeing business, and has been chief farrier at the Olympic Games and Rolex three day. His sculptural ironwork is currently displayed at New Morning Gallery in Asheville,NC; the Gibbes Museum of Art in Charleston, SC; and LeCreusel stores nationwide.

Nancy O'Dell Keim resides in Spartanburg, SC. She received a BFA from Converse College and an MFA in fine arts from Clemson University. Keim has shown in close to thirty juried shows, and one and two man exhibits in Spartanburg, Greenville and surrounding areas.

Keim currently is the director and curator for the Milliken Gallery at Converse College. She has taught courses at the Governors School in Greenville for two years and was the exhibits coordinator for three galleries in Spartanburg County Museum of Art from October '98 to May '2000. Nancy was also the Art School director for the Spartanburg Museum of Art from Jan. '96 to Oct. '98.

Keim's work shows her different views of home - touching on parenthood, fears, life changes, memories and connections with women. Her repetition of house shapes, decorated by mixed media, and paintings reflect her thought on home and domestic life, in good times and bad.

Teresa Prater was born in Knoxville, Tenn., and received a BFA from the University of TN and an MA and MFA from the University of New Mexico. Prater now lives in Spartanburg, where, along with doing oils and charcoals in her own studio, she is Associate Professor of Studio Art at Converse, a position she has held for twelve years.

In twenty years of painting Prater has been in over 100 national exhibitions, and has been the exclusive artist in over seventeen one man shows. She was selected as one of several artists by the city of Spartanburg to be part of a cultural exchange residency and exhibit in Winterthur, Switzerland in October '2000.

On June 29, the Conn Gallery will open a new show entitled, Abstract Men," featuring work by Gary Kornmayer, Doug Whittle, Luis Jaramillo, and Neil Brugmans. The exhibit continues through Aug. 9, 2002.

For more information check our SC Commercial Gallery listings or call the gallery at 864/457-4798.

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