MacMurray artist has solo show
September 14, 2012
JACKSONVILLE, IL – Khara Koffel, associate professor of art at MacMurray College, has a solo show in the Marsh Gallery of the William and Florence Schmidt Art Center housed on the campus of Southwestern Illinois College in Belleville, IL. The exhibition continues through Oct. 12.
The show, titled "every after has a before,” a selection of her sculptures, including “in case of the eventual” (detail photo pictured), made of shredded letters in acrylic trophy boxes. The letters are written by Koffel to those with whom she has something to share and are intended to be distributed after her death. The recipients may choose to reassemble the note or leave it as their own trophy of what was.
Koffel exhibits her work regularly in the Midwest and beyond, with recent shows in St. Louis, Chicago, Maryland, Alabama and other venues. Koffel, a Jacksonville IL, resident, focuses on the intimate, depicting in her work personal stories, anecdotes and memories, often of family.
Koffel is a Montgomery County, PA, native and a 1996 graduate of Souderton Area High School. She is the daughter of Linda and Roger Koffel, of Franconia (Roger Koffel is a code enforcement officer in that township); the sister of Kyle Koffel, of Williams-Bergey-Koffel Funeral Home in Franconia, and of Kristen Morrissette of Telford, PA, a pre-school teacher at Zion Mennonite Church.
In 2000, she received her bachelor's in Studio Arts and Art History from Juniata College in Huntingdon, PA, and, in 2003, an MFA in sculpture and photography from the University of Alabama. See her Web site here. She resides in Jacksonville with her husband, Marc Benner.