Columbia College presents “Iberi,” an exhibition of collage works exploring social justice and literacy and “Resurgo,” a companion show of Abstract Expressionist-inspired prints

"Iri Koy II" by Gretchen Beck"Iri Koy II" by Gretchen Beck"Gottlieb's Map" by Kelley Lannigan"Gottlieb's Map" by Kelley Lannigan

Columbia, SC – The Goodall Gallery at Columbia College presents Iberi, an exhibition featuring collage works by Gretchen Beck and Resurgo, a suite of new prints by Kelley Lannigan. Iberi and Resurgo, runs February 3 through March 19, 2017 and will feature a body of collages and prints.

On Monday, February 27, 2017, the Goodall Gallery at Columbia College will host a gallery talk and reception at 12:45 p.m. The event will be held in the Spears Center for the Arts and is free and open to the public.

Inspired by her work as a Peace Corps Volunteer with the Djerma and Fulani peoples of West Africa, artist Gretchen Beck’s collage works combine visual representation with a core understanding of the importance of social justice and literacy. Iberi celebrates Nigerian culture and rituals by highlighting women’s work, social customs, gender values, and quality of life, and has evolved to incorporate student-centered learning and expanding cultural literacy through visual and performance art.

“I saw firsthand Gretchen’s convictions to revive adult literacy and animation (theater) training in seven rural villages. It’s here she developed her themes using millet rice bags and melted gum arabic on a cement floor of a hut dimly lit by kerosene lantern,” said Dr. Calley Hornbuckle, associate professor of English, who served with Beck in the Peace Corps from 1994 to 1995. “[In Beck’s work] relationships among color, shape, and texture come together to form fluid and grid-like compositions. Color dominates the images and dictates the media employed to produce them.”

Resurgo features a suite of collagraphs and monoprints by Kelley Lannigan that represent a rebirth of the artist’s personal creative experience after a thirty-five year absence from the studio. The Resurgo prints are the tangible result of Lannigan’s restored creative output and feature imagery inspired by her admiration of the work of Abstract Expressionist artists of the 20th century.

“Resurgo is a Latin word that embodies the ideas of rebirth, return, resurrection and regeneration. It perfectly represents my experience returning to the studio working under the same instructor where it all began for me over three decades ago,” said Lannigan, a former student under South Carolina master printmaker and Columbia College professor Stephen Nevitt. “The collagraphs and monoprints are the result of a period of creative energy that is unparalleled in my life.”

Gallery hours are from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday and 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. For more information concerning exhibits, call (803) 786-3651 or visit columbiasc.edu/goodallgallery. This exhibition is presented in partnership with the Columbia College Division of Languages and Literatures.

About Columbia College
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