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Faculty art featured at opening Coe College exhibit

Rod Pritchard, Director of Marketing and Public Relations
(319) 399-8605 or rpritcha@coe.edu

2010-09-09 14:14:58 - General

"Open Vessel," stoneware, by John Beckelman

"Gated Faith," digital print by Lucy Goodson

"Transcendental Blues," oil on canvas, by Peter Thompson

The opening art show of the 2010-2011 season at Coe College features an exhibition series highlighting the creative achievements of the college's Art Department faculty. The featured artists include John Beckelman, Lucy Goodson, Peter Thompson, Priscilla Steele, Shannon Kennedy, Kathleen Caraccio and Jennifer Rogers.

The exhibits open in conjunction with a reception in the Sinclair Auditorium lobby on Friday, Sept. 24, from 5 - 7 p.m. The artwork will continue to be on display from Sept. 25 through Oct. 17 from 3-5 p.m. daily in the Marvin Cone and Eaton-Buchan Galleries of Sinclair on the Coe campus. The reception and the exhibition are free and open to the public.

According to gallery director and instructor of art Jennifer Rogers, the exhibit represents the first time in a decade that Coe faculty has exhibited their work together in the Sinclair Galleries. Therefore, the show offers an opportunity to experience firsthand the vast technical, conceptual and creative abilities that help define the department.

"The Coe art faculty are a diverse and dynamic group. You could easily categorize them by their differences: artistic medium, aesthetic sensibility, personality, and organizational skills. Despite these rich and complex differences, it is the commonalities that create a strong and vigorous department. They all maintain active studio practices, producing and exhibiting work nationally," said Rogers. "In addition, these artists are all outstanding teachers, working together to create a challenging and highly motivated educational experience. They are exceptional individuals and when brought together create an agile, vibrant artistic community full of fresh ideas, lively discussions, and considerable insight."

Additional information about the artists:

Full-time faculty exhibiting include John Beckelman (ceramics), who has taught at Coe for 34 years; Lucy Goodson (photography), a professor at Coe for 25 years; and Peter Thompson (painting), who has taught at Coe for 18 years. Part-time faculty members exhibiting in the show include Priscilla Steele (mixed drawing media ), the owner/director of the Campbell-Steele Gallery in Marion; Shannon Kennedy (painting), who lives and works in Fairfield, Iowa, and has been working with the figure for many years; Kathleen Caraccio (printmaking) is Coe's New York Term art instructor, and is the owner/operator of K. Caraccio Printmaking Studio in New York City; and Rogers (ceramics), who is the gallery director and part-time instructor at Coe.

For more information on the exhibit, call 399-8581.