Joely Corban Exhibit "Coming Home" Opens at Gulf Coast Library

News item published on: 2015-10-22 10:48:49

The Gulf Park Campus of the University of Southern Miss Gulf Coast is very special to Joely Corban. Growing up in Long Beach, she received her “Brownie” pin at the Girl Scout banquet in Hardy Hall in 1978 and swam in the pool where Gulf Coast Library now stands. Memories also include countless summer mornings practicing for high school cheerleading camps held on campus.

Although Corban studied classical guitar and bass at Southern Miss in Hattiesburg, she graduated with a Bachelor degree in Fine Art from William Carey University years later and then earned a Masters of Fine Art from Mississippi College in April of 2007. Currently, Corban is a full-time online art instructor at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, and an online adjunct instructor at Art Institute of Pittsburgh and Southern New Hampshire University.

The exhibit contains colorful pastel and oil paintings inspired by memories of growing up on the Gulf Coast, which included weekend trips to New Orleans and afternoons eating crawfish, and oil paintings reflect her fascination for the history of the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Subjects include historic scenes of Gulf Park College for Women and travel by trolley along the beach road. In addition, Corban includes six oil paintings from a book she is writing entitled, Heroines: An Illustrated Study of 12 Stories of Women's Courageous Acts Inspired by God. The entire exhibit is highlighted by descriptive narratives by the artist.

Joely Corban’s Coming Home art exhibit will be opening from November 2015 through January 2016.

A reception is planned for November 19, from 4 - 6 p.m. Original art work, as well as posters and prints, will be available for purchase.