Coe College art show to feature eight contemporary artists

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2010-02-19 14:42:30 - General

Contemporary art featuring a wide variety of media by eight artists from across the United States is to be featured in an exhibition at Coe College. Entitled "One vertical, unwavering band of light," everything from abstract painting to conceptual sculpture will be displayed in the Marvin Cone and Eaton-Buchan Galleries of Sinclair Auditorium. The exhibition will open on Saturday, Feb. 27 and run through Sunday, March 28, with free admission and gallery hours from 3-5 p.m. daily. A special closing reception will take place on March 26 from 5-7 p.m.

"Keats defines negative capability as humankind's capacity for existing in a state of uncertainty, ‘without any irritable reaching after facts and reason,'" noted Coe Gallery Director Mariah Dekkenga. "The objective for many contemporary artists is not to find conclusive meaning in any explicit or even implicit way - but instead to underscore the indeterminate nature of existence in general. The result is a certain open-endedness that resists conclusion, while challenging conventions that prioritize craft and narration."

For more information, call 399-8581.

Details of the exhibiting artists and their work include:

Caleb Engstrom
Caleb Engstrom is a graduate of University of Iowa with a bachelor's in studio art focusing on sculpture, ceramics and intermedia art. He has had experience as the director of the BS Gallery as well as Public Space ONE Gallery in Iowa City. Traveling all over the country, his art has been featured in many galleries and exhibitions. His work consists of everything from music and poetry to sculpture and collaborative pieces.

Ben Estes
Ben Estes is currently an MFA candidate in poetry at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. In 2009, he graduated from the University of Iowa with an MFA in painting.

Laurel Farrin
Laurel Farrin is a talented artist who works mainly in the painting realm. Her art has been featured in both solo and group exhibitions in many places along the East Coast including New York City, Washington, D.C. and Iowa City. Her pieces have also been reviewed in many art publications. She is currently the associate professor of painting and drawing at the University of Iowa and has been a visiting artist at various colleges.

Dustin London
Dustin London has an MFA from the University of Pennsylvania as well as a BFA from Michigan State University. He has won many awards for his paintings and drawings including the Oakley Medal of Achievement and top ranked incoming MFA candidate.

Crystal Roethlisberger
Crystal Roethlisberger is a multi-talented artist in the realms of drawing, sculpture and printmaking. She is an MFA candidate at the University of Iowa who previously earned a master's degree in printmaking from California State University in Long Beach, and a bachelor's degree in printmaking from the University of Iowa.

Pete Schulte
Pete Schulte is an artist from Davenport who works mainly in drawing. His colorful pieces are fuelled by music and his visual interpretations of it. His exhibitions have taken place mainly at prominent galleries in New York, Iowa and Illinois.

Julia Schwadron
Julia Schwadron has an MFA in painting from the Tyler School of Art in Elkins Park, Pa., as well as a bachelor's degree in art from the University of California at San Diego in La Jolla, Calif. Her contemporary art features mostly still life and landscapes. Schwadron's work has been viewed at exhibitions all across Iowa as well as some in Pennsylvania, New York and Connecticut. She has also been a visiting professor of painting and drawing at the University of Iowa.

Marcos Valella
Marcos Valella has an MFA from the University of Iowa as well as a BFA from Florida International University in Miami. The medium he creates paintings with is mainly oil on canvas. His works have been featured in exhibitions and galleries in Iowa, Florida and California