Animal sculptures and detailed paintings featured in upcoming Coe art exhibits

Extra: Rod Pritchard, Director of Marketing and Public Relations
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2016-01-08 14:01:21 - General

Coe College will host "Reflections," an exhibit of detailed paintings of small figurines by Cassie Marie Edwards, and sculptures of animals in an exhibit entitled "Whispers" by Jessica Teckemeyer as part of an upcoming art show. The exhibitions 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, Jan.15, from 5 to 7 p.m.

In addition, Edwards and Teckemeyer will present gallery talks on Thursday, Feb. 4, beginning at 7 p.m.  All of the events are free and open to the public, with daily gallery hours from 4 to 6 p.m. from Jan. 15 through Feb 5.

Brief biographies of the guest artists who are exhibiting at the show are as follows:

Cassie Marie Edwards creates detailed paintings of small figurines that isolate and highlight the personalities of these inanimate objects. She draws attention to each figurine's character by placing them in simple compositions with boldly colored backgrounds and settings. By doing so, her paintings play between the genres of still life and portraiture while also questioning the boundaries of high and low art.

Edwards is an artist and educator working in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. She received her MFA from Northern Illinois University, and she has exhibited her works in venues from coast to coast. She currently serves as an instructor of art at Dakota State University in Madison, South Dakota, and at the University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh.

Jessica Teckemeyer's sculptures of animals serve as a conduit for understanding the complexities of human behavior. She looks to both instinct and cultural influences as she creates her sculptural animal forms, many of which feature human-like eyes and smooth skin. Her works also juxtapose the Janusian relationships of predator and prey, calling to mind the complex personality traits found in all people.

Teckemeyer is an assistant professor of art at Clarke University in Dubuque. She earned an MFA from the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities. In October 2014, her sculpture entitled "Impact (38 Special)" was awarded best in show at the Reece Museum in Tennessee, one of several institutions that has exhibited her artworks.

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

Cassie Edwards exhibit poster

Jessica Teckemeyer exhibit poster