Artist Haley Coe Hester featured at Marian Acree Tucker Gallery
The Goldfish Project, an exhibition on display at Marian Acree Tucker Gallery, features original graphic prints and interactive work of Judson College senior art student, Haley Coe Hester.
The show opens March 23 and continues through March 26. There will be an artist’s reception on Monday, March 23 from 3:00 – 4:30 p.m. in the gallery, and the artist will give a brief lecture on her work in Adams-Armstrong Lecture Hall from 5:00 until 6:00 p.m. on Monday, March 23. All events are free and open to the public.
Hester draws inspiration from people she has encountered throughout her life, particularly individuals struggling with mental illness. She also has a passion for layout and book design; she has published four books in conjunction with Judson College, including recently-published Fowlkes Tales: The Legacy of The Civil Rights Movement in One Alabama Family.
Color and typography play a crucial role in Hester’s work, and she aims to create not only visual but interactive work for her audience to encounter. “Street posters and science lab style posters mimic the way information is presented to us on a daily basis— through education, television, print advertisements, internet media, movies and music,” she said. “Presenting the audience with a collection of images, text, and sounds gives viewers an opportunity to reflect on their lives and the impact they make on the world and other people.”
Originally from Grant, Ala., Hester entered Judson College as a freshman in 2010. “My family, although from a small town, was and still is involved in the arts,” she said. “My parents were always looking to broaden my skills as an artist, pushing me to pursue a career in Graphic Design. I will always be thankful for their support and my upbringing that pushed me to be the artist that I am today.”
Hester also enjoys a variety of art mediums. Her printmaking work has been featured in an exhibition at the Selma Arts Guild, and she has worked on many design commissions for private businesses across north Alabama.
She also has worked extensively in the Graphic Design concentration at Judson College to create two of the annual Scrimshaw magazines in 2012 and 2013, and Under the Dome: Judson College’s 175th Architectural Book.
The works in the March 23-26 exhibition are for sale. For more information about the work or the artist, contact Jamie Adams at 334.683.5251.