“Absolutely Ambiguous” Art Show To Open at Coker

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HARTSVILLE, S.C. – Jan. 18 – “Absolutely Ambiguous,” an exhibition of mixed-media collages by sculptor Jim Collins, opens with a public reception from 7 to 8 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 30, in the Cecelia Coker Bell Gallery.

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 reception is free and refreshments will be served.  Although Mr. Collins is unable to attend the show’s opening reception, he will visit on Feb. 24, the last day of his show and give two gallery talks (times to be announced).

As with all artist presentations at Coker College, the public is welcome to attend.

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: http://www.wix.com/cokerartgallery/ccgb.


PHOTO: Two Seed Salesmen on Holiday, a mixed-media collage by Jim Collins.


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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