In the Loop

Personal Spaces: Jerry Coker from the Mark Newman Collection | Reception

  • Date & Time
    • Friday, November 03, 2017 6:00pm to 8:00pm
  • Cost
    • Free
  • Description

    University Galleries at the University of Florida presents Personal Spaces: Jerry Coker from the Mark Newman Collectionin the Gary R. Libby Gallery located on UF’s campus October 9 - November 17, 2017. The exhibition features painting, drawing and sculpture by Gainesville artist Jerry Coker. A public reception will be held in the Gary R. Libby Gallery on November 3, 2017, 6-8 pm.

    Jerry Coker was born in Dewitt, Arkansas on March 10, 1938 but has spent most of his life in Florida. His love for art began in high-school.  Twenty years later he began painting for folk art shows. He was discovered by art dealer Marion Harris who bought his entire body of work from an art show in 1992. Best known for his tin masks that represent people from his childhood he also creates expressionistic paintings using a range of repurposed materials.  Coker is a self-taught artist and considers his art as “folk-stream expressions that come from unknown sources.” His work can be found in art galleries in Alabama, California, Florida, New York and California.  Mark Newman has been a major patron of this artist for many years, and the symbiotic friendship that has developed between artist and collector is unique and deep.

    Gallery Location

    The Gary R. Libby Gallery is located adjacent to the lobby of the School of Art + Art History’s Fine Art Building C.


    Daytime parking is available in reserved spaces between Fine Arts Building C (FAC) and Inner Road. From SW 13th Street, enter campus on Museum Drive. Turn right on Newell Drive, then right on Inner Road. Turn left into the parking lot behind FAC. The first three spaces on the left are reserved for gallery use. Parking permits are issued to gallery visitors in the University Gallery.

    For More Information

    Call University Gallery at (352) 273-3000.

  • Venue
    Gary R. Libby Focus Gallery
    1370 Inner Road
    (352) 273-3000
    Gary R. Libby Focus Gallery Website