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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 Atlanta-based artist and Hollins alumna Susan Seydel Cofer '64. For more than three decades, Cofer has been recognized in the Southeast for her painstakingly delicate, abstract drawings. More recently, Cofer's work has been based upon wide-open panoramic landscapes and topographies, suggesting the mapping of places and terrains. In conjunction with the exhibition, a selection of Cofer's unique sculpted portraits honoring people she knows in Atlanta and farther afield will also be on view. Susan Seydel Cofer received her B.A. in art history from Hollins in 1964 and went on to do postgraduate work in studio art at Georgia State University in 1970. Her work has been the subject of numerous exhibitions at museums such as Southeastern Museum of Contemporary Art, Winston Salem, North Carolina; the Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia, Atlanta; the High Museum of Art, Atlanta, Georgia; and PS2 Paragon Studios Project Space, Belfast, Northern Ireland. In addition, her work is in several private, public, university, and museum collections nationwide.
Barbara Kingsolver was named one the most important writers of the 20th century by Writers Digest. In 2000 she received the National Humanities Medal, the country's highest honor for service through the arts. The Poisonwood Bible was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and for Britain’s Orange Prize for Fiction, won the national book award of South Africa, and was named an Oprah Book Club selection. Animal, Vegetable, Miracle won numerous prizes, including the James Beard Award. The Lacuna won the Orange Prize in 2010. In 2011, Kingsolver was awarded the Dayton Literary Peace Prize for the body of her work. Her latest novel, Flight Behavior, was chosen as the first-year reading for Hollins' class of 2018.
Image, above, left, Susan Cofer, Levavi Oculos, 2009 (detail). Colored pencil on paper. 10 x 12 inches.
Image, above, right, (detail), photo by David Wood.