News from MacMurray College
Art professor to have solo show
Khara Koffel, assistant professor of art at MacMurray College, has been invited for a solo show of her sculpture at the Walnut Gallery, in Gadsden, Ala., beginning May 29 with an opening reception at the gallery.
She will be displaying about eight of her works in June and July at the private gallery. One of the pieces, “over and over or never again” (pictured, a 2009 work), reaches back to her family history.
“Each delicate record is inscribed with my father’s voice telling the stories of the members of the community of his childhood in a small town in rural Pennsylvania, while he viewed their headstones in the town cemetery,” Koffel said. “One record has been cut for me and each of my siblings so that we can protect the delicate and beautiful history of our roots.”
Koffel has received wide notice in the past year. In late 2009, she had another solo show, “at some point,” at the University of Illinois Springfield Art Gallery. Earlier this year, her piece “for more reasons than one” was selected for the juried show, Art from the Heartland, at the Indianapolis Art Center in Indianapolis, Ind.; and two pieces, “by whatever means necessary” and “the inescapable inevitable” were displayed in February in an art exhibition at the Woman Made Gallery in Chicago.
Koffel was recently awarded tenure at MacMurray and the rank of associate professor, effective with the beginning of the 2010-11 school year. She lives in Jacksonville, Ill., with her husband, Marc Benner.