Posts Tagged ‘Cecelia Coker Bell Gallery’

Coker College in Hartsville, SC, Calls for Proposals for Exhibitions – Deadline Oct. 31, 2017

July 17, 2017

The Cecelia Coker Bell Gallery is reviewing applications for 5 solo exhibitions for the 2018/19 season. Upload 15 images, image list, and CV to ( and share folder with ( or send materials to Ashley Gillespie, Coker College Art Dept., 300 East College Ave., Hartsville, SC 29550 (SASE if you want it returned.). Gallery provides $300 towards shipping and $200 for a gallery talk. Deadline is Oct. 31, 2017. E-mail notifications will be sent out by early January. Prospectus: (, E-mail to ( Phone: 843/383-8156 or 843/621-3005.


Student Art Shows Taking Place in the Pee Dee of SC – Not Forgotten

April 5, 2016

As usual, and I don’t know why, but who ever is in charge of publicity – students or staff – at these universities and colleges in the Pee Dee region of SC, we never seem to receive this info about year-ending student exhibits before our deadline goes by.

Students – we’re not forgetting about you at Carolina Arts. And, for most of you it may be the last time you’re mentioned in our operations – even if you are mentioned. Coker College didn’t even include names for students who would have work presented in their Senior show and in this case it may have been their own fault, but the buck stops with their instructors.


Senior Shows at Cecelia Coker Bell Gallery at Coker College in Hartsville, SC, opened on Monday, April 4, 2016. That show will continue through May 5, 2016.

Senior Shows are required of all studio art majors. They offer students an opportunity to share their works with friends family and the community.

Gallery hours are Monday, Wednesday & Friday from 10am-4pm & Tuesday and Thursday from 10am-8pm while classes are in session. Summer hours are 10am-4pm.

Admission to all shows are free and open to the public. Cecelia Coker Bell Gallery is located on Coker College Campus inside the Gladys C Fort Art Building, 300 East College Ave. in Hartsville, SC, 29550.

For further information call the gallery at 843/858-7187, e-mail to ( or visit (


Francis Marion University in Florence, SC, Presents Senior Art Exhibition

Pivot is a senior art exhibition featuring Shaira K. Lowery, Elizabeth Carter, Zachary Nivens, Tomasha McIntyre, Cole Fenters, Jonathan LaCross, and Tony Lockhart, on view at the Hyman Fine Arts Center, from Apr. 6 through May 7, 2016.

The gallery will display works from a photographer, a painter, and five designers that cover a broad spectrum including: package design, textiles, social issues, imagination, and illustrations.

The Hyman Fine Arts Center is open Mon. through Fri., from 8:30am-5pm.

For further information call 843/661-1385 or visit (

Coker College in Hartsville, SC, Hosts ‘Junk It Out’ Recycled Fashion Show – Apr. 13, 2013

April 8, 2013


The Cecelia Coker Bell Gallery, the Coker College Art Club and the Art Department will host a recycled fashion show titled “Junk It Out” at 3:30pm, on Saturday, Apr. 13 in Davidson Auditorium in Hartsville, SC.

Contestants in the competition are required to utilize recycled materials to design an outfit that will be modeled and judged during the event. Materials may include such items as recyclables, discarded clothing, bags, outdoor objects and food containers.

Miranda Peebles, a first-year art major from Cassatt, SC.

“Although my schedule prevents me from contributing a design for ‘Junk it Out,’ I am very excited about seeing the show. I have worked with consumer discards for over two decades, and I love seeing how others utilize this resource” said gallery director and assistant professor of art Larry Merriman.

“Repurposing discards, as will be done in ‘Junk it Out,’ challenges the ingenuity and creativity of the participants. As an audience, it makes us think, but it also makes us laugh, which is a wonderful combination when talking about an important topic like how we use the earth’s resources.”

Ben Gupton will be announcing the models. Designers for the show include chair of art department and art club faculty supervisor Jean Grosser and student designers Sarah Shealy, Blythewood, SC; Tammaka Staley, Columbia, SC; Miranda Peebles, Cassatt, SC; Ashley Spell, Barnwell, SC; Jared Geizer, Montville, OH; Emily Shokes, Greer, SC; and Joshua Milligan, Hartsville, SC.

Four professors have been selected to judge the designs. Fashions will be judged on their visual impact, design concept, construction technique, creativity and best use of materials. Cash prizes ranging from $25 to $75 will be awarded to four winners.

A reception with light refreshments will follow the show prior to winners being announced.

For more information, contact Grosser at 843/383-8150 or e-mail to ( or contact art club president Ashley Gillespie by e-mail at (

Sculptor Jim Collins to Give Talks at Coker College in Hartsville, SC – Feb. 24, 2012

February 24, 2012

Sculptor Jim Collins, whose exhibit, Absolutely Ambiguous, is currently on display in the Cecelia Coker Bell Gallery, at Coker College in Hartsville, SC, will give three gallery talks, which are free and open to the public, at 9am, 1pm, and  2pm, Friday, Feb. 24, 2012, the final day of the exhibition.

Collins has an extensive exhibition record including numerous solo shows, invitational exhibits and competitions. Presently, he concentrates mostly on private and public commissions.

For his show at Coker he focuses on another large body of work consisting of collage and assemblage—the first term refers to a two-dimensional composition that uses found materials, while the latter refers to a three-dimension composition using that method.

“Jim Collins knows that every viewer brings unique experiences to the interpretation of art,” said Assistant Professor of Art and Gallery Director Larry Merriman.

“Consequently, the perceived message may vary from one viewer to another. While some artists find this discouraging, Jim Collins relishes the varied responses his colorful, nostalgic imagery elicits from his audience,” Merriman said.

Collins was a Professor of Art at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga from 1966 until 1983 when he resigned that teaching position to devote full time to his career as a professional artist.  He received a bachelor’s degree from Marshall University, a Master of Public Health from the University of Michigan and a Master of Fine Arts in sculpture from Ohio University.

The Cecelia Coker Bell Gallery is located in the Gladys C. Fort Art Building on the Coker College campus.

For more on the gallery, go to (

Analisa Smith’s Senior Show on View at Coker College in Hartsville, SC, has Been Extended to Dec. 9, 2011

December 3, 2011

Editor’s Note:I’ve gotten pretty cold-hearted when it comes to giving late press releases some exposure when we receive them long after our deadline. We received this one late in November and the show was only going to be up through Dec. 2, so I didn’t bother to include it in our Dec. issue. But now they extended the show – after our Dec. deadline and two wrongs don’t make a right, but right now, it’s either post this or wrestle with more Christmas lights. It’s too bad they didn’t get this to us by deadline for our Nov. issue – it looks like it is an interesting exhibit.

So here it is:

The exhibition of Coker College art student Analisa Smith’s senior show, an installation of light sculptures at the Cecelia Coker Bell Gallery, in Hartsville, SC, has been extended through Friday, Dec. 9, 2011.

Smith, who had originally been invited to show her works through Dec. 2, agreed to the extension after requests from colleagues and gallery visitors.

A view from the opening reception

“This is an exhibition of student work that rises to the level of a young professional,” said Professor of Art, and Smith’s senior studio advisor, Jim Boden.

“Analisa’s work is intellectually engaging and aesthetically pleasing,” said Gallery Director and Assistant Professor of Art Larry Merriman. “I sincerely appreciate her willingness to continue the exhibition for another week.”

Analisa Smith, Entanglement, wood, acrylic rods, fluorescent light, 53″ x 108″ x 6″

Senior exhibitions, a 43-year tradition at Coker, are required of graduating art majors and are intended to represent the culmination of four years of study. These shows also offer us a glimpse of what the artists may explore with their work following graduation.

The Cecelia Coker Bell Gallery is located in the Gladys C. Fort Art Building on the Coker College campus. Gallery hours are from 10am to 4pm, Monday through Friday, while classes are in session.

For more information, contact Merriman at 843/383-8156 or by e-mail at ( or visit the Gallery’s recently updated site at (

Coker College upholds and defends the intellectual and artistic freedom of its faculty and students as they study and create art through which they explore the full spectrum of human experience. The college considers such pursuits central to the spirit of inquiry and thoughtful discussion, which are at the heart of a liberal arts education.