Professor Jean Grosser to Show Work in SC3D Exhibition

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HARTSVILLE, S.C. – April 5, 2011 – Coker College Art Professor Jean Grosser will show her work in SC3D, an exhibition at 701 Center for Contemporary Art in Columbia, S.C.,  that opens with a public reception from 7 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, April 13. 

The exhibition of three-dimensional works by South Carolina artists is being held at 701 Whaley Street in conjunction with the kick-off events for Nickelodeon’s annual Indie Grits Festival. Admission is free to 701 CCA members, with a $5 suggested donation for non-members.

Grosser’s collection for the exhibition includes a piece titled, “Star of David” and a group of four foil pieces titled, “Fragments of Hate.”

“The pieces that were selected for the show focus on a decades-long interest I’ve had in human rights,” said Grosser.

“These pieces are created using bits of torn pages from a neo-Nazi hate book titled the ‘White Man’s Bible.’ By changing the context of this distasteful material, I am asking viewers to reflect on its harmful impact,” explained Grosser.

Convinced that the most effective way to transform hatred is to challenge it with honesty and humanity, Grosser has built a body of work that is inspired by political events and tackles global issues of human rights, religious freedom and free trade. In addition to the works she has created about health care inequities in the U.S. and racial tension in the American South, she is developing a series of pieces about being Jewish and coming to terms with ethnic and racial hatred spawned by the American Neo-Nazi movement.

Grosser chairs the art department and is a member of the board of trustees at Coker College in Hartsville, S.C. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in history from Barnard College, a Bachelor of Fine Arts in sculpture from Alfred State College of Ceramics and a Master of Fine Arts in sculpture from Ohio University.  Grosser was awarded the Individual Artist’s Fellowship from the South Carolina Arts Commission and was a finalist for the Southern Arts Federation/National Endowment for the Arts Regional Fellowships in Sculpture.

Grosser will show her work next in in “Road to Equality: The 1961 Freedom Rides," an exhibit at the historic Greyhound bus station in Montgomery, Ala., that opens to the public on May 20.


Image:  Star of David


Coker College readies undergraduates for personal and professional success through a distinctive four-year program that emphasizes a practical application of the liberal arts as well as hands-on and discussion-based learning within and beyond the classroom. Coker is ranked among the “Best Colleges” in the South by U.S. News & World Report as well as The Princeton Review. Located in Hartsville, S.C., Coker is within two hours of the cultural, financial and recreational resources of Charlotte, Columbia, Charleston and Myrtle Beach.

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