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Art Exhibit at Morrisville State College Features Work of Lee Brown Coye

MORRISVILLE, N.Y. – A popular exhibit featuring the work of the famed “Magic of Macabre,” Lee Brown Coye, will be on display at the Donald G. Butcher Library at Morrisville State College from Oct. 5 through Nov. 1.

In addition to the display, a reception honoring the work of Coye, who died in 1981, will be held in the library on Wednesday, Oct. 7 from 4 to 6 p.m.

Coye was a multidisciplinary artist widely known for his fantasy and horror illustrations. The exhibit contains a varied collection of his work including examples from his cover art for Weird Tales, a popular pulp magazine, and illustrations from a number of books, paintings and wood carvings.

A watercolor, oil, and egg tempera painter, a muralist, a sculptor, a photographer and a silversmith, Coye’s work originates from his renowned imagination and sense of humor.

His work appeared in a variety of magazines and books and is exhibited in museums including the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Everson Museum in Syracuse, the Onondaga County Historical Society, numerous colleges and private collections.

There will also be a lecture, “The Horrors of Upstate: H.P. Lovecraft and Others,” by Dan Harms of SUNY Cortland Memorial Library, on Thursday, Oct. 22 at 5 p.m. Harms will be discussing the relationship between Coye (who provided illustrations for Lovecraft’s books) and Lovecraft.

The Donald G. Butcher Library at Morrisville State College is open Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to midnight, Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, noon to 6 p.m., Sunday 1 to 10 p.m.
Morrisville State College offers more than 80 bachelor and associate degrees and options. Considered to be one of the most technologically advanced colleges in the nation for its ThinkPad University program and wireless technology initiative, the college recently became the first in the nation to comprehensively replace landlines in residence halls with individual cellular phones. Morrisville State College was also chosen as one of the top five colleges in the nation for campus activities by Campus Activities magazine.

The Morrisville State College Norwich Campus offers associate degree programs in accounting, business, computer systems technology, office administration, liberal arts transfer, nursing, early childhood, criminal justice and human services to south central New York residents and employers. Students may also apply coursework to other associate or bachelor degrees at the main campus.