Cecelia Coker Bell Gallery Presents the 44th Annual Faculty Art Show

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Hartsville, S.C. – Jan. 12, 2017 – Coker College’s 44th Annual Faculty Show opens at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 19, 2017 with a public reception in the Cecelia Coker Bell Gallery. The reception is free and refreshments will be served. 

The show includes work by professors Jean Grosser, Nate Gulledge, Alyssa Prince and exhibition director Ashley Gillespie. These annual presentations, a tradition in college and university art departments, offer the Coker and Hartsville community the opportunity to see faculty’s most recent work. Some of the artists will be present and available for questions during the reception. The show will remain in the Cecelia Coker Bell Gallery through February 3, 2017. 

About the Artists:

Jean Grosser, chair of the Art Department, has taught at Coker since 1985. Her large-scale drawings examine issues of human rights and social justice. “My most recent research has focused on the proliferation of guns in the United States, resulting in a series of sculptures and drawings that address our reverence for firearms and the toll they take on society,” says Jean about the work. See more of Jean's art a

Graphic designer Nate Gulledge is a 1999 graduate of Coker College, and joined the faculty in 2016. He holds an M.F.A. from Maryland Institute College of Art (2015). Learn more about Nate at

Alyssa Prince, who teaches drawing and painting, joined Coker’s faculty in 2016. She earned a B.F.A with an art history minor from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and an M.F.A in painting from Clemson University. She will be showing a selection of recent paintings that demonstrate a correlation between the senses and memory: “My paintings display a fragmentary visual structure that alludes to our senses, emotional feelings of awareness, and wonder of the experience.” See more at

Ashley Gillespie, a 2014 graduate of Coker College, is the exhibition director of the Cecelia Coker Bell Gallery. Her work in photography is a direct result of her research on the feminine outlook of sexual encounters and the consequences that come from such encounters. You can learn more about Ashley’s work at:


The Cecelia Coker Bell Gallery is located in the Gladys C. Fort Art Building on the Coker College campus. More information about the gallery is available at

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 is a student-focused, private liberal arts college located in Hartsville, South Carolina. Coker combines round table, discussion-based learning with hands-on experiences to encourage active participation in and out of the classroom. A supportive, close-knit community prepares Coker students with the confidence and practical life skills they need to reach their personal best, in college and beyond.

Founded in 1908, Coker is a bachelor’s and master’s degree-granting institution and competes in 24 NCAA Division II sports. Coker is ranked among the "Best Colleges" in the South by U.S. News & World Report as well as The Princeton Review, and by Washington Monthly as one of the Southeast's "Best Bang for the Buck" colleges.