Annual Faculty Show to be on Display in Art Gallery

HARTSVILLE, S.C. – Jan. 15, 2014 – Coker College’s 41st Annual Faculty Show will be on display from Jan. 16 through Jan. 31 in the Cecelia Coker Bell Gallery.

The show includes work by professors Jim Boden, Jean Grosser, Ken Maginnis, Larry Merriman and adjunct professor Adrian Rhodes. The annual presentation offers the Coker and Hartsville communities the opportunity to see the faculty’s most recent work. All faculty members will be present for the reception and will answer questions about their artwork.

Grosser, chair of the art department, has taught at Coker since 1985. She will show new work from her “Fragments of Hate” series of drawings. These drawings are large reproductions of crumpled pages torn from a neo-Nazi screed titled, The White Man’s Bible. Her large-scale drawings confront hate speech with its most potent critic, the light of day.

Maginnis, a graphic designer, joined Coker in 1999. In addition to teaching and designing for the department and college, Maginnis designs websites and promotional materials for businesses and individuals. A recent revival of his interest in photography has prompted Maginnis to show a selection of photographs that focus on patterns and textures.

Boden, who teaches drawing, painting and art criticism, also joined Coker’s faculty in 1999. His paintings and drawings provide interesting contrasts, as he manages to be both analytical and spontaneous. Despite an observational distance, Boden’s work is emotionally and intellectually engaging. He means to challenge the viewer’s assumptions about art, perception and human behavior.

Merriman has taught in the art department and served as director of Coker’s gallery since 1988. In recent years, Merriman has usually installed temporary sculptures made specifically for the gallery and the faculty show. This year, like Maginnis, Merriman will display photographs. His large-scale photographs are a new medium for his ongoing interest in resource use as well as a more recent interest in revealing links between art and everyday experience.

A 2011 graduate of Winthrop University, Rhodes has been teaching art appreciation for the art department this past year, and beginning next fall she will be stepping in as exhibition director for the gallery. Rhodes will be showing some of her mixed media collages from her series titled, “Atoms and Stars.”

To see more work from each artist, visit the following websites:

For Grosser: .

For Maginnis:

For Boden:

For Merriman:

For Rhodes:

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

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.


Top right: Fragments of Hate, graphite on paper, by Grosser


Left: Seat, digital photograph, by Maginnis

Middle: Ophelia, oil on canvas, by Boden

Right: Atoms and Stars, mixed media collage, by Rhodes


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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