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Faculty art show opens at Coastal Carolina University

October 14, 2004

Forty-six works by 11 faculty artists at Coastal Carolina University are on display in a new exhibition called our own in the Rebecca Randall Bryan Art Gallery. The show, which will continue through Nov. 12, is free and open to the public.

A reception featuring the artists will be held Wednesday, Oct. 20 from 4 to 6 p.m. The public is also welcome to attend this event, which is free. Daily hours of the gallery, located in the Thomas W. and Robin W. Edwards College of Humanities and Fine Arts, are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday.

From silver gelatin photographic prints to stoneware teapots to a morbidly fascinating series of paintings of a crime scene, the exhibition offers a glimpse into the creative diversity of Coastals visual arts faculty. Dina Hall, teaching associate, has five silver gelatin prints on display featuring subjects ranging from portraits to landscapes using a variety of manipulation techniques.

Will Hipps, gallery director, has an abstract piece called Kink the Pink that occupies most of a wall, featuring three large mountain-like pink and green triptych paintings.

Elizabeth Keller, associate professor of visual art, exhibits a set of her stoneware teapots.

Maura Kenny, professor of visual arts, has four works ranging from charcoals to oil paintings of a provocative nature.

Irene Liotis, teaching associate, displays three large oil canvases depicting scenes from a crime investigation, a comment on how American society has become desensitized by violence.

Treelee MacAnn offers a series of six serigraphs, silk screened prints of rural settings.

Jo-Ann Morgan, assistant professor of visual art, offers five woven magnate wire pieces, including Barbie Slippers and Bust of Barbie: Red-y for Love, some of which have been purchased by television producers for sitcom sets.

Paul Olsen, professor of visual art, has several works of photographic emulsion and oil on paper.

Art Siegel, teaching associate, exhibits a collection of cibachrome photography in the show, as well as a CD-Rom Retrospect of Professional Work Highlights 1975-1999.

Robert Wyeth, teaching associate, art director of Coastals Office of Marketing/ Communications, has a brochure, a poster and a magazine on exhibit; two of the design pieces won silver ADDYs in 2003 from CAMP, the regional chapter of the American Advertising Federation.

Charles Wright, associate professor and chair of the Department of Visual Arts, displays a large steel abstract sculpture titled Black Widow outside the College of Humanities and Fine Arts. He was also specially commissioned to create four smaller sculptures to recognize the three institutions honored at Coastals 50th Anniversary Founders Day. Made of alabaster, brass, mahogany, cherry and walnut woods, the sculptures were presented to Horry County Schools, the College of Charleston and the University of South Carolina to signify the important roles they played in Coastals founding and development.

Each exhibiting artist will also participate in a series of dialogues scheduled throughout the exhibit.