Susan Cofer Exhibition “Draw Near” to Open at Hollins

Susan Cofer, Levavi Oculos, 2009.  Colored pencil on paper.
Susan Cofer, Levavi Oculos, 2009. Colored pencil on paper.

The Eleanor D. Wilson Museum at Hollins University has announced the opening of the exhibition Susan Cofer: Draw Near, on Saturday, May 31, 2014.

Draw Near features over sixty drawings dating from 1975 to the present. Working with colored pencils in a labor-intensive process, Cofer’s images are inspired by nature, sometimes evoking organisms in embryonic stages of development, and other times suggesting the mapping of places and terrains. The drawings, whose delicate and highly detailed surfaces beg for close scrutiny, invite the viewer to literally “draw near.”

 In conjunction with the exhibition, a selection of Cofer’s unique sculpted portraits will also be on view. Cofer spends several months carefully researching each subject, and then uses materials and imagery that have deeply personal significance to the sitter in order to sculpt remarkable portraits that incorporate visual clues of their respective careers and passions.

Organized by the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, Georgia, and curated by Michael Rooks, the High Museum’s Wieland Family Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, Draw Near presents the first career survey of drawings by Cofer.

The following programs will be offered in conjunction with the exhibition.  The exhibition is open through September 13, 2014, and is free and open to the public.

 A Conversation with Susan Seydel Cofer ’64: Saturday, May 31, 2 pm, Frances J. Niederer Auditorium, Visual Arts Center, Hollins University.Book signing and reception to follow. Enjoy a lively conversation between artist and Hollins alumna Susan Seydel Cofer ’64 and her Hollins classmate Suzanne McCormick Taylor ’64. Cofer will share inspiration from her time as a student at Hollins, and as a practicing artist, and her processes behind the creation of her two distinctive bodies of work on view in the museum.

 Artist Lecture by Susan Seydel Cofer ’64: Thursday, September 11, 6 pm, Frances J. Niederer Auditorium, Visual Arts Center, Hollins University, Reception to follow. In this closing lecture, Cofer will speak to the genesis of her drawings and also to the creation of the other companion exhibition of mixed-media portraits on view in the museum.

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