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CCCCD Art Gallery Features Professor's Artwork

CCCCD Art Gallery Features Professor's Artwork

JAN. 28, 2002-Collin County Community College District will exhibit "Invisible People: the Sketchbook Series," featuring the works of Gaye Cooksey, coordinator of the CCCCD Applied Graphic Design Technology program Jan. 28 - Feb. 23 in THE ARTS gallery, room A175 at the college's Spring Creek Campus, 2800 E. Spring Creek Pkwy., in Plano. Receptions with the artist will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Feb. 6. and at 6 p.m. on Feb. 7.

Free and open to the public, the exhibit features a whole new style of work for Cooksey, whose last show at the college gallery on the homeless was sold out. According to Cooksey, her typical approach is to use heavy strokes in acrylics that resemble an oil painting. This exhibit features mixed media (acrylic, pencil and conte) on canvas and includes an installation of found objects.

"I came up with the name Invisible People/The Sketchbook series while watching how we as humans react to one another. There are many segments in society; I chose to focus on a segment that allows society to function a little easier every day. These are the people who publicly clean our bathrooms, work in the factories, grow the food we enjoy, clean our homes, fix our streets and most importantly stand on the front lines for human rights that are enjoyed by all. There are no acknowledgments, rewards or thank you's. They are human beings that allow society to function without being seen. I am trying to show the dignity, integrity and the warrior in all of us," she said.

Cooksey has added a part of the anatomy to each work to show shared humanity and has used symbolic eyes, solid black circles, to allow observers to identify with each portrayed individual.

For more information call THE ARTS gallery at 972.881.5873 or Vicki Mayhan, Director of Galleries, at 972.881.5145. Gallery hours are Mon.-Thurs. 9 a.m. - 8 p.m. and Fri. 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Sat. 10 a.m.-2 p.m.