Senior Exhibition to Feature Portfolios of Graduating Art Majors

For more information, contact Barb Steadman - 843.857.4199

HARTSVILLE, S.C. – March 22, 2011 – The Coker College senior art exhibition in the Cecelia Coker Bell Gallery will feature five different shows, one per week from April 4 through April 29, with an opening reception from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. each Monday evening during the exhibition.

Senior exhibitions, a 43-year tradition at Coker, are required of graduating art majors and are intended to represent the culmination of four years of study and offer a glimpse of the directions the artists may explore with their work following graduation.

“The experience of preparing a solo show for the senior exhibition is both exciting and nerve-wracking,” said Norah Wofford, whose show will open on April 25. 

“This is an opportunity for us to learn more about working with galleries and with other people’s interpretations of our work, but with that opportunity also comes the pressure to represent ourselves and our department as well as we can,” she said.

The senior art exhibition schedule this year is as follows:

  • April 4 – April 8  Danielle Glidden, Columbia, S.C.
  • April 11 – April 15  Amanda McPhail, Irmo, S.C.
  • April 18 – April 22  John Shearer, Hartsville, S.C.
  • April 25 – April 29  Norah Wofford, Georgetown, S.C.

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

Students who major in art select from four concentrations: fine arts, graphics and web design, photography and art education. 

“Over their four years at Coker College, art majors receive a foundation in both studio skills and computer technology that leads to the production of art works that emphasize content and quality of expression,” said Art Department Chair Professor Jean Grosser. 

“The outcome of the Coker experience is the work that we will see in the Senior Art Exhibition.  We wish these students continued success and hope that they will never stop learning and growing,” she said.

The Cecelia Coker Bell Gallery is located in the Gladys C. Fort Art Building on the Coker College campus. 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 .

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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