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Coker College’s Cecelia Coker Bell Gallery presents “Southern Magnolia"

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Hartsville, S.C. – Aug. 24, 2016 – Coker College’s Cecelia Coker Bell Gallery presents an installation exhibition by Larry Merriman titled, “Southern Magnolia,” with a reception, which is free and open to the public. The exhibition begins on Monday, August 29, 2016 at 7 p.m. and light refreshments will be served. Merriman’s show will continue through September 16, 2016.

Larry Merriman is recently retired from Coker College where he was Gallery Director and Assistant Professor of Art. Merriman received his BFA from Miami University (Ohio) and his MFA from Ohio University. He has received a Southern Arts Federation/NEA Regional Fellowship in sculpture. The South Carolina Arts Commission chose him for participation in three of its Triennial Exhibitions, and Brooklyn Museum of Art curator, Charlotta Kotik, selected his work for inclusion in the New Orleans Triennial Exhibition at the New Orleans Museum of Art. Merriman has exhibited his sculpture and installations in numerous solo and group exhibitions across the United States. He currently maintains a studio in Hartsville, South Carolina.

Merriman’s installations consist of found/recycled materials, images and texts from his family of four’s daily life for more than twenty years. His installation materials range from wood, paper and water to bottle caps, recycled food boxes and bricks. Merriman will be available for an artist’s talk and questions at his reception on August 29, 2016 at 7 p.m.

The Cecelia Coker Bell Gallery is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday, and from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday, while classes are in session, and is located in the Gladys C Fort Art Building on the campus of Coker College, Hartsville, S.C. Parking entrance, for the art building, is directly across from 306 E. Home Ave. For more information, contact exhibition director Ashley Gillespie at 843-383-8156 or Ashley.gillespie@coker.edu. For more information on the gallery, go to: www.ceceliacokerbellgallery.com

To learn more about Larry Merriman, go to: http://www.larrydavidmerriman.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.

Images: included (the titles listed below match the image file titles): 
1.”Southern Magnolia” outside installation shot.

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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 21 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.