Foil prints of U.S. Presidents, large-scale sculptures from recycled objects featured in upcoming Coe art exhibits

Extra: Rod Pritchard, Secretary of the College
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2016-09-01 10:20:12 - General

Coe College will host "House of Postcards," an exhibit of foil prints of U.S. Presidents by Benjamin Wills, and large sculptures created from recycled materials in an exhibit entitled "A Book of Hours" by David Hamlow as part of an upcoming art show. The exhibitions will be on display in the Marvin Cone and Eaton-Buchan Galleries of Sinclair Auditorium from Friday, Sept. 9 through Sunday, Oct. 2 from 4 to 6 p.m. daily.

An opening reception will be held in the Sinclair lobby on Saturday, Sept. 10, from 4 to 6 p.m. In addition, Wills and Hamlow will present gallery talks on Thursday, Sept. 15, beginning at 7 p.m. All of the events are free and open to the public.

An MFA candidate at the University of Iowa, Wills works in a variety of media. The exhibit will feature his foil prints of U.S. Presidents, just in time for this election year. Additionally, Wills' paper airplanes, made in collaboration with prison inmates, provide both a visual and textual commentary on the nation’s penal system.

As a professor of visual culture at Minnesota State University-Mankato, Hamlow enjoys collaborating with students to produce cardboard bricks for use in his sculptures. He creates large-scale sculptures from found objects (recycled materials derived 100 percent from his own purchases and consumption) that he transforms with personal flourishes.

Hamlow has been selected as the fall 2016 Kocher Visiting Artist, sponsored by the Joan and Robert Kocher Fund for the Visual Arts.

For more information on the exhibits, call 319-399-8000.

"House of Postcards" by Benjamin Wills

"A Book of Hours" by David Hamlow