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Soul and Body: A Solo Exhibition by Oli Coyle

June 21 - August 16

Soul and Body: A Solo Exhibition by Oli Coyle

Friday, June 21 – Friday, August 16, 2024

Rude Gallery

Gallery Hours: 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. MT

Join the RMCAD community in welcoming the exhibition ‘Soul and Body’ by Fine Arts student Oli Coyle! The exhibition will be on view from Friday, June 21 – Friday, August 16 in the Rude Gallery on the RMCAD campus. More about the artist:

Oli Coyle was born July 6, 2003, in upstate New York. After graduating high school, they moved to Denver, Colorado to attend the Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design and pursue a degree in fine arts.

Coyle works mainly in mixed media oil painting, focusing on expressing their LGBTQ+ identity through surrealist self-portraiture. They currently have a Spivak student residency on the RMCAD campus, where they are building a body of work surrounding this theme as they approach their graduation in December of 2024.

Soul and Body marks Coyle’s first solo exhibition, building on the work they began at RMCAD. As a queer non-binary individual, their practice heavily revolves around the societal, political, and personal aspects of what it means to be gender non-conforming in a world that so deeply values conformity. Many of the pieces on display employ their own body as to highlight the intimate nature of this type of self-expression.

There is a freedom in living one’s truth to the fullest extent, but there is also pain and alienation – it is a dichotomy that thoroughly underlines their practice. To exist between such contentions is to face many struggles, and by way of painting, Coyle attempts to reconcile those struggles while also bringing them to light for others.


June 21
August 16
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Rude Gallery

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