May 25, 2019  

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Southern Miss Gulf Coast Library Presents Sue Cockrell Art Exhibit

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The work of Long Beach artist Sue Cockrell is on display now at The Southern Miss Gulf Park campus.

The artwork of Long Beach artist and resident Sue Cockrell is now on display at the Gulf Coast Library at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park Campus in Long Beach.

Guests can currently view the Sue Cockrell art exhibit on all three floors of the Gulf Coast Library until July 31. The exhibit features paintings from the artist’s earlier and most recent creations, beginning with her college work from the 1970s. Subjects found in her collection range from abstract creations to landscapes, coastal shore birds and seafood.

On Tuesday, June 14, the library will also host an artist reception in Cockrell’s honor from 4-6 p.m. Select pieces and prints from her collection will be available for purchase. This event is free and open to the public.

Born and raised in Savannah, Ga., Cockrell says that her love of art “started with the best Christmas present ever – a huge box of Crayola crayons.”

Mostly self-taught, her formal training came while attending Armstrong State College and Georgia Southern University in the 1970s.

Cockrell’s outstanding work – primarily composed of acrylics and secondary mediums such as oil and watercolors – have been showcased in local venues such as the Purple Pelican Art Gallery, the Pass Christian Court House and several restaurants. Her use of glazes and layering have been said to give depth to her paintings, as well as the illusion of transparency.

“The Southern Miss Gulf Coast Library is delighted to host the first formal exhibit of the fine art created by Sue Cockrell. It is our goal to give members of our community, as well our campus, an opportunity to view works of our talented local artists,” said Betty Shaw, special events committee chair for the Gulf Coast Library.

For more information about the Sue Cockrell art exhibit, contact Betty Shaw at 228.214.3456 or