at the grand entrance of the Elizabeth Boatwright Coker Performing
Arts Center, the Martin Stein Gallery houses Coker College’s
Virginia Brunstein Collection and Fine Arts Collection.
The Gallery is named for the late Martin Stein, a prominent land
developer from Jacksonville, Florida.
Brunstein Collection was given to the College in 1995 by the late
Virginia Benton Brunstein, Class of 1929, and it includes a large
variety of pre-Columbian and Oriental artifacts. From the Far East,
the collection includes objects from China’s Shang (1766 to
1122 B.C.), Chou (1027 to 256 B.C.), Han (202 B.C. to 220 A.D.),
and Tang (618 to 907 A.D.) dynasties, as well as more contemporary
pieces from Japan. There are also several Ancient Middle Eastern
objects in the Collection.
pre-Columbian pieces in the Brunstein Collection include figurines,
masks, bowls and other items from Central and South America dated
from 500 B.C. to 950 A.D. as well as the later Maya and Inca cultures.
Art from 19th and 20th century Mexico is also represented.
Brunstein and her late husband, Dr. I. A. Brunstein, lived in New
York City and shared a love of music, opera, theater and the arts.
Together, they traveled all over the world and accumulated this
College’s Fine Arts Collection is comprised of unique and
rare works given to the College over the years by alumni and friends.
It includes paintings by Edward Gay, Favrile Glass by Louis Comfort
Tiffany, sculpture by Anna Hyatt Huntington, African folk art, and
a large 18th century American gilt mirror. Two works by Coker art
professors Jim Boden and Jean Grosser are also part of the Collection.
to the Coker College Fine Arts Collection include the late Alma
Stubbs Crow, Class of 1928; the late Bertha West Nealey, Class of
1916; Regina Swygert Smith, Class of 1961; Robert J. Brown and B&C
Associates of High Point, NC; the late Anna Hyatt Huntington; Susanne
G. Linville; the late Carrie Lide Coker; and Jim and Jean Fort.
artifacts from the Brunstein Collection, mostly pre-Columbian, though
the gilt ibis is Egyptian (c. 30 B.C.).
figurines from the Tang Dyansty (618-220 A.D.).
carved Yoruba panel.
school children visiting the gallery