Senior Art Shows Continue with Photographic Works

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HARTSVILLE, S.C. – April 16, 2013 – The Coker College spring senior art shows continue with the opening of an exhibition of photographic works by Megan Harris, at 7 p.m. April 22 in Cecelia Coker Bell Gallery.

Originally a psychology major, Harris, who grew up in Florence, S.C., discovered her passion for photography soon after joining the Coker community.  She serves as an Art Department mentor, assisting students in navigating the challenges of the major to ensure that they succeed in the program.  Earlier this semester, Harris was awarded Departmental Honors in Art for her leadership role in the program. After graduation, she 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.”

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.  Each exhibition opens with a public reception that gives the student artists and opportunity to discuss their works with gallery visitors.

The this year’s series of senior art shows will conclude with an exhibition by Hartsville native Katelyn Hill, whose opening reception will begin at 7 p.m. April 29.

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

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.

PHOTO:  "Listen," 16 x 20”, silver gelatin print




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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