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The real thing - Feature Stories
December 2008 Issue
It can be intimidating to follow Andy Warhol. That's what artist Steve Penley (M '88) learned this year when his paintings replaced those of Warhol's in the World of Coca-Cola's Pop Culture exhibit. "I'm afraid that it's going to point out to everyone that I'm a sham," Penley says of following Warhol as the featured artist in the Atlanta exhibit. "It's a little scary." But Penley is no sham. His work has been commissioned by numerous individuals and businesses, including Coca-Cola, with which he has had a relationship for more than 15 years. Last summer he traveled to Beijing during the Olympic Games to develop a piece of art that combines Chinese and sports symbols with classic Coke images. The current World of Coke Pop Culture exhibit includes paintings of historical and cultural icons, including such figures as Teddy Roosevelt and counter-culture icon Jimi Hendrix. His message: America is great. This fall, Mercer University Press published The Reconstruction of America, a …
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