Two contemporary artists rethink landscapes in upcoming Coe art exhibitions

Extra: Rod Pritchard, Secretary of the College
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2016-12-22 06:50:30 - General

Landscapes feature heavily in two upcoming Coe College art exhibitions. "Between Crystalline Peaks" by Nicole Shaver will be displayed in the Vivian Eaton-Buchan Gallery, while "Development Potential" by Thomas Agran will be exhibited in the Marvin Cone Gallery of Sinclair Auditorium.

An opening reception for both shows will be held in the Sinclair lobby on Friday, Jan. 13, from 5 to 7 p.m. The exhibitions will remain open during regular gallery hours from 4 to 6 p.m. daily through Sunday, Feb. 5. All events are free and open to the public.

Additional information about the artists and their individual exhibits is as follows:

Thomas Agran

"Burial" by Thomas Agran
"Burial" by Thomas Agran

After a favorite farmstead was razed to make way for new development, Thomas Agran embarked on the paintings and drawings in "Development Potential." Working on site and in the studio, Agran sought to capture "the expansive and spectacular landscapes that would often appear and disappear over the course of an afternoon" as the land was "ripped open, pushed around, rebuilt, and then sutured together with black erosion fence." He channeled these processes through paint to create forceful works that explore his ongoing interest in the Midwestern landscape.

Agran holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Grinnell College and an MFA in Painting from Indiana University. He lives in Iowa City.

Nicole Shaver

For "Between Crystalline Peaks," Nicole Shaver painted an evocative, translucent landscape that stretches all the way across the gallery. Shimmering with foil accents, this panoramic piece conjures up sublime spaces. Tranquil mountain peaks drift in and out of the abstracted clouds. Always skirting the border between representation and abstraction, Shaver references geologic forms in artworks that are both mysterious and playful.

Originally from Port Washington, Wisconsin, Shaver holds a BFA from the University of Wisconsin and is currently an MFA candidate at the University of Iowa where she received an Iowa Arts Fellowship.

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

Artwork from "Between Crystalline Peaks" by Nicole Shaver
Artwork from "Between Crystalline Peaks" by Nicole Shaver