Koffel receives award from alma mater
June 13, 2014
Khara Koffel, associate professor of art at MacMurray College, was honored earlier this month with a Young Alumni Achievement Award from her undergraduate alma mater, Juniata College, in Huntington, PA. The award was presented June 7 during the college’s Alumni Weekend.
Koffel, a 2000 graduate of Juniata, joined MacMurray in 2004 and has been the director of the college’s art program since 2011. She also serves as the director of the Applebee Gallery on the MacMurray campus. See her Web site here.
Juniata cited a number of reasons for selecting Koffel for the alumni award. She maintains an active career as an exhibiting artist and has earned solo exhibitions at McHenry College Gallery in Crystal Lake, IL, Lux Center for the Arts in Lincoln, NE, Schmidt Art Center in Belleville, IL, the University of Illinois at Springfield Visual Arts Gallery and Walnut Gallery in Gadsden, AL.
Her work has been exhibited across the country in group shows at such venues as the Grand Rapids (MI) Art Museum, the Foundry Art Centre in St. Louis, MO, the Indianapolis (IN) Art Center, South Bend (IN) Regional Museum of Art, and ARC Gallery in Chicago, IL.
At MacMurray College she teaches a wide variety of art courses, including two- and three-dimensional design, sculpture, ceramics, photography and oversees art gallery assistantships. She also supervised art course trips abroad to Italy, Greece, England, Ireland, Wales, Egypt, Norway, Denmark, Sweden and Germany.
She earned a bachelor's degree in studio art and art history from Juniata and earned a master's degree in fine arts in 2003 from the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, AL. She returned to Juniata as a guest lecturer in 2004 and 2012 and has volunteered for the college as a Gold Card recruiter.
Before starting her career in higher education, Koffel worked as an online sales and marketing representative at the Philadelphia Museum of Art in 2002. She also worked as executive director and curator of the 4th Wall Gallery in Tuscaloosa from 2001 to 2003.