artWORKs: Funlola Coker – Mark Making on Enamel

We will welcome Funlola Coker as the next artWORKs Series for the Spring 2023 Semester.

Funlola Coker is a metalsmith from Lagos, Nigeria. In 2007 Coker moved to Memphis, TN to pursue a BFA in Sculpture from Memphis College of Art. Funlola is fascinated by history, the evolution of culture and storytelling. Funlola creates narrative sculptures that call on nostalgic memories and moments of the mundane that are held dear. Coker has taught at notable craft institutions such as Snow Farm: The New England Craft Program and Haystack Mountain School of Crafts. Funlola’s work has been exhibited at Brooklyn Metalworks, the Fuller Craft Museum, Tone Gallery in Memphis and the National Ornamental Metal Museum. In 2020, Coker received the Arts Memphis Arts Accelerator grant, and was a 2022 Thayer Fellowship recipient from the SUNY Rockefeller Institute of Government. Funlola holds an MFA in Metal from the State University of New York at New Paltz., instagram – @funlolacoker


The workshop will run in the Jewelry studio on Feb 17th and 18th. The public lecture is from 6 pm at the Windgate center of art and design, room 101.

Contact Lydia Martin at for more detail.

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