Spring Art Exhibition to Feature Graduating Art Majors

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HARTSVILLE, S.C. – April 9, 2013 – The Coker College spring art exhibition in the Cecelia Coker Bell Gallery will feature three shows in April and May – one per week from April 15 through May 3, with an opening reception from 7 to 8 p.m. each Monday evening.

Senior exhibitions are required of graduating art majors and are intended to represent the culmination of four years of study while offering a glimpse of the directions the artists may explore with their work following graduation.

Caitlin Johnson leads off the senior exhibits with an opening on April 15. Originally from Sacramento, Calif., Johnson grew up in Spartanburg, S.C. She came to Coker in 2009 as a fine art major and has chosen painting as her area of concentration. After graduation, she plans to find a job that will allow her to continue painting.

“Gender, identity and the separation of biological and social dogmas are the meat of my work,” said Johnson. “Through paint, I explore and create my own vision of androgyny: my own construction of gender that the outside world does not allow. I use the symbolism and body language of Catholic imagery as a voice and catalyst for my painting.”

Megan Harris opens her show on April 22. Harris was born and raised in Florence, S.C. She came to Coker in 2009 as a psychology major but soon switched to photography because “it felt so right to take photos,” she explained. Harris also serves as a department mentor, assisting students in navigating the challenges of the major to ensure that they succeed in the program. She was recently awarded Departmental Honors in Art for her leadership role. After graduation, Harris plans to build her own darkroom and continue working as a fine art photographer.

“Cause and effect are huge factors in my work,” said Harris. “The figures in my photos reflect upon my life experiences, dreams and academic studies.” Commenting on her choice of film over digital photography, she said, “I fell in love with film photography because it allows me to participate in every aspect of creating a photograph.”

Katelyn Hill’s show finishes the exhibition season and opens April 29.  Hill, a native of Hartsville, whose mother also went to Coker, said she “knew at a young age she wanted to attend Coker College.” For her, the question was not where to go, but what to study.

“After two years of exploration and a one-year hiatus, I knew art with a concentration in graphic design was the answer to that question,” said Hill.

Offering a sense of the rigorous nature of Coker’s art program, Hill said, “I have stepped out of my zone of comfort. Through the exploration of difficult issues, I have grown as a person and an artist. My eyes have been opened and my knowledge increased.”

The receptions for each show are free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

The Cecelia Coker Bell Gallery is located in the Gladys C. Fort Art Building, on the Coker College campus, in Hartsville. Gallery hours are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, while classes are in session. For more information, contact gallery director and assistant professor of art Larry Merriman at 843-383-8156 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . For more information about the gallery, visit www.ceceliacokerbellgallery.com.

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.



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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