Ceramic Art on Display in President’s Office at Concord

For Immediate Release: 
May 16 2006

Ceramic Art on Display in President’s Office at Concord

Athens, W.Va. – Ceramic art created by Jodie Cox from Sophia and Sandra Rodgers from Beckley will be on display in the Office of the President at Concord University through Wednesday, August 23. Office hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Ms. Cox is majoring in graphic design and studio art, and she intends to graduate in 2008. She plans on pursuing a career in illustration and attending the Savannah College of Art and Design after graduating from Concord. She designed ceramic drawers in stoneware that contain small tiles made out of porcelain. She used iron oxide to write stories told by her grandfather, Herman Cox, of Sophia. “I’ve been close to my grandparents since the beginning,” she said. “They’ve practically raised me, and some of my fondest memories involve them, my grandpa especially.” Her grandfather loves to tell stories. “He is why I made these boxes. Even though the outsides are weathered and beaten, inside are my fragile memories of him … preserved and [ready] to be shared with whoever wants to listen.”

Ms. Rodgers is majoring in art education and studio art, and she plans to graduate from Concord in 2008. After graduation, she hopes to pursue a master’s degree, however, she has not yet decided on a graduate school. She wants to teach, first in the public schools and then at the collegiate level. Her father, Albert Weeks, a retired mechanic from Beckley, inspired her art. “The creation of ‘Tool Boxes’ came from a desire to merge the work of my father and my artistic style,” she said. “Without my father knowing, I have always seen him as an artist. Porcelain clay was molded into wooden boxes holding something dear to me, [symbols representing] my father and his work.”

“One of the benefits of serving as president of Concord is that I have the privilege of meeting students whose talents have been nurtured and developed by our professors,” stated Jerry Beasley. “Already, visitors to the office have marveled at the quality of the student work, especially their ability to create the appearance of wood in the ceramic medium. After talking with the students, it became abundantly apparent that this was art that emanated from the heart.”

For more information, contact the Office of the President, 1-304-384-5224 or president@concord.edu.


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