Sculpture, photography and multi-media featured in upcoming Coe art exhibits

Extra: Rod Pritchard, Secretary of the College
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2017-10-16 10:03:24 - General

Sculpture by Joe Lacina as well as photography and multi-media by Alexandria Eregbu will be featured in an upcoming art exhibit at Coe College. An opening reception will be held in the Sinclair lobby on Friday, Oct. 27, from 5 - 7 p.m. The exhibitions will be on display in the Marvin Cone and Eaton-Buchan Galleries of Sinclair Auditorium from Saturday, Oct. 28 through Saturday, Nov. 18, with regular gallery hours from 4 - 6 p.m. daily. The reception and exhibit are free and open to the public.

More detailed information about the exhibits is as follows:

"Daughters of Mmiri" by Alexandria Eregbu

Alexandria Eregbu's photography and multi-media exhibition, "Daughters of Mmiri," acknowledges the contributions made by women across land and sea throughout generations. Mmiri, an Igbo word for water, connects Eregbu to her father's Nigerian culture. Her mother, a native of Chicago, has been a strong source of inspiration for Eregbu as well. Thus, the exhibition is an ode to water women who have influenced Eregbu's artworks, which seek to restore balance amid past familial, ancestral and collective conflicts.

Born in Chicago and raised in Iowa, Eregbu's awareness of "difference" was first called to her attention at age six by her classmates on picture day. Since then, her work as a visual artist has frequently focused on subjects surrounding family, ancestry, visibility and collectivity. Eregbu's work has been included in two solo and several group exhibitions across the U.S.

Eregbu earned a BFA in 2013 from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and has since received numerous awards and grants. In 2018, she will serve as an Artist Resident at the Camargo Foundation in Cassis, France.

"Intersections" by Joe Lacina

With objects collected from everyday life, Joe Lacina constructs sculptures that juxtapose humor with tragedy, technology with environmental conditions, and alienation with the pervasiveness of social media. All of these are intended to spark consciousness and conversation about today's society and our individual responses to its successes and failures. Lacina’s sculptures and kinetic constructions explore global themes, but do so with layers of meaning hidden between non-traditional art materials, word play and narrative.

Lacina is an artist, curator and designer from Grinnell, Iowa. He earned his MFA in sculpture with a concentration in 3D design from the University of Iowa in 2017. He is the founder of Grin City Collective, an artist residency program in Grinnell, and Extra Extra, an art gallery and performance space located in Philadelphia. 

His sculptural work utilizes a bricolage type of construction involving kinetic components, paint, wood and foam. Lacina's exhibition is funded in part by the Mabel Cherry Lutgerding Endowment Fund.

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

"Waterwomen" by Alexandria Eregbu
"Waterwomen" by Alexandria Eregbu
"Intersections" exhibit by Joe Lacina
"Intersections" exhibit by Joe Lacina