Upcoming Coe art exhibit to feature photos, paintings and ceramics

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

2012-02-08 15:31:18 - General

Photography, paintings and ceramics will be featured in the upcoming Coe College art show, featuring the work of James Snitzer, Susan Coleman and Doug Hanson.  The artwork will be on display in the Marvin Cone and Eaton-Buchan Galleries of Sinclair Auditorium, with an opening reception in the Sinclair lobby on Friday, Feb. 17 from 5 – 7 p.m., and gallery hours 4 - 6 p.m. daily from Feb. 18 through March 18.  Both the reception and exhibition are free and open to the public.

In addition, Susan Coleman will be giving a gallery talk on Monday, Feb. 27, while Doug Hanson will be presenting a gallery talk on Tuesday, Feb. 28, beginning at 2 p.m. both days in the Sinclair Galleries.

Details of the exhibits are as follows:

James Snitzer, Untitled, 2007

James Snitzer, photography
James Snitzer serves as a professor of photography and printmaking in the School of Art and Art History at the University of Iowa.  His artistic interests lie in the relationship between the photographic image and “the real.”  By taking photos of “intricately detailed model sets,” Snitzer “alludes to various cultural myths surrounding our relationship to the landscape.”

About his work, Snitzer writes, “Much of what we experience in the world is mediated by photographic imagery, so much so that second-hand information has replaced first-hand experience.  What has become widely acknowledged, according to the French theorist Jean Baudrillard, is that ‘we no longer judge our images in terms of how well they resemble experience, but rather we judge our images in terms of how much it resembles our images.’  My own images – studio tableaux in the form of intricately detailed model sets – allude to various cultural myths surrounding our relationship to the landscape.”

Snitzer received his bachelor’s degree at the University of California at Los Angeles and an M.F.A. from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1976.  He teaches photography and silkscreen at the University of Iowa.  Snitzer’s books and photographs have been sold and shown nationally and internationally.  His work is in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; and the Yosemite Museum, Yosemite National Park, California.

Susan Coleman, In Summer (gravel road), pastels
Doug Hanson, Platter, Stoneware

Susan Coleman (painting) and Doug Hanson (ceramics)
Susan Coleman and Doug Hanson are colleagues and friends who have worked together in the Department of Art and Art History at Cornell College for the past 12 years.  This exhibition celebrates resonant qualities inherent in their two- and three-dimensional forms of art making.

Coleman describes her work as “meditation, drawing on memories, questions, and attempts to settle (her) ever-shifting perceptions.”  Working with pastels, or paint and brushes, Coleman creates layered images, informed by time working in the landscape where she records her experiences with a camera, taking visual “notes” as a means to enhance her memory.

The artist received a B.F.A. in drawing from Webster University and later earned a master’s degree in drawing and painting and an M.F.A. in painting and printmaking from the University of Iowa.  Coleman serves as a drawing instructor, as well as the gallery coordinator, at Cornell College.  She has exhibited her work at dozens of art shows around the country.

For almost four decades, Doug Hanson has been devoted to working primarily with clay.  His work has been influenced by artists of the past as well as the functional life of a Midwestern farm.

Hanson earned bachelor’s degrees in industrial technology and art from Moorhead State University in Minnesota, and a master’s degree in ceramics and an M.F.A. in ceramic-sculpture and drawing from the University of Iowa.  He teaches ceramics, sculpture and drawing at Cornell College, and has exhibited his work in 29 competitive and 115 invitational exhibits since 1967.

For more information on the exhibit, call 319-399-8581.