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    Hartsville, S.C. — September 15, 2017 — Coker College’s Cecelia Coker Bell Gallery presents “Constrictions,” an exhibition by Monika Meler, beginning on Monday, September 25, 2017. An opening reception will be available to the public starting at 7:00 p.m. that evening. The show will continue through October 20, 2017.

    Monika Meler is originally from Brodnica, Poland. She received her B.F.A. in printmaking, with a minor in art history, from the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design. She went on to earn an M.F.A. from the Tyler School of Art. Meler is currently an associate professor of art at the University of the Pacific in California.

    “Remembering a place is not an act of recollecting the actual place, but our last memory of that place,” says Meler. “Therefore, my work is often an abstraction of a place, space, building, folktale or event that had a lasting impression. I use images that reference my father’s elaborate gardens, my mother’s colorful textiles, the Slavic folktale of the Baba Jaga, and the majestic skyscrapers of Chicago. Images repeat, change direction, and dominance. All of the actions mimic the actions of the memory.”


    1.     “Untitled #6” Print and mixed media
    2.     “Untitled #3” Print and mixed media


    The Cecelia Coker Bell Gallery is open from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday, Wednesday and Friday, and from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday while classes are in session. The Gallery is located in the Gladys C. Fort Art Building on the campus of Coker College in 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, please visit: www.ceceliacokerbellgallery.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.