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Anne Coe American b. 1949

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A fourth generation  Arizonan, Coe was raised on a ranch in a remote part of the state where she developed a close affinity for the land.  She later studied in Europe and Latin America, receiving her Master of Fine  Arts degree at  Arizona State University in 1980.  Active as a professional painter for over twenty years, Coe has combined her artistic endeavors with a keen involvement with environmental activism during the span of her career.  Initiating the Superstition Area Land  Trust, she has been a major force in over seven regional and national environmental groups, focusing on everything from the introduction of the Mexican wolf to protecting the future of thousands of acres of State  Trust Land.

Coe’s early paintings were humorous and comic-book styled.  Over the years, her paintings evolved from lighthearted whimsy (such as radioactive, mutant Gila monsters destroying the world in retaliatory rage) to more mature works with a confidence of message and style.  Throughout her artistic development, her commitment to change through art has remained constant.  Painterly technique, strong narrative content, and the refreshing element of humor are all aspects of Coe's work that make it so compelling and accessible.

Receiving widespread recognition for her paintings, Coe has been included in over 100 exhibitions at such institutions as  Whitney Museum of  Western  Art, Cody,  Wyoming;  Centro de  Arte Moderna, Guadalajara, Mexico;  Eiteljorg Museum, Indianapolis, Indiana;  Bruce Museum, Greenwich, Connecticut;  Smithsonian Institution,  Washington, D.C.;  Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, Georgia;  and California State University, Fullerton, California.  She currently lives in  Apache Junction,  Arizona, and travels extensively.

- Julie Sasse,  Curator of Modern and Contemporary  Art,  Tucson Museum of  Art

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