Mary Edna Fraser at McKissick Museum

The Art of Environmental Awareness: The Batiks of Mary Edna Fraser is on display at McKissick Museum through December 14th. Frasers traditional batik techniques, a process that involves the waxing and hand dyeing of cloth, to create large scale works that address issues of climate change and the long-term effects on the environment. She develops her compositions from aerial photographs that she takes herself from a small plane piloted by her brother. This bird’s eye vantage point gives her work the feel of enormous topographic maps, and upset some of our normal expectations of landscape art.
There will be a free reception on Friday, November 12 when the artist will speak about her batiks. Also speaking will be Dr. Orrin Pilkey, Duke University Professor Emeritus of Geology, who will discuss his research in the field of global warming and climate change.

Mary Edna Fraser

Mary Edna Fraser

Lesley Dill at the Columbia Museum of Art

World Queen of Laughter

Lesley Dill (b. 1950), Word Queen of Laughter, 2007

“Language is the touchstone, the pivot point of all my work.” – Lesley Dill

The Columbia Museum of Art is featuring an exhibition of work by contemporary American artist Lesley Dill. While the exhibit is the artist’s first large scale retrospective, it primarily focuses on her most recent large-scale theatrical work.

Dill is a sculptor, photographer, printmaker and performance artist with an interest in the interconnection of the human form, language and sensory experience. She uses texts by writers like Emily Dickinson, Salvador Espriu and Franz Kafka as points of departure for her work, building the pieces using a variety of materials and media – bronze, fibers, wire, paper, photographs as well as text.

I Heard a Voice includes 34 pieces from both public and private collections, some of which were created specifically for this touring exhibition. The exhibition was organized by the Hunter Museum of American Art, Chattanooga, Tennessee in conjunction with George Adams Gallery, New York. The exhibition runs through January 23rd, 2011.

Carson Fox at Redux in Charleston

Icicles Installation

Carson Fox's Icicles Installation

Ice Storm, featuring new works by artist Carson Fox, is the current exhibit at Redux Contemporary Art Center. Fox works in a variety of media ranging from sculptures and installations to prints. The exhibit at Redux focuses on objects cast in clear resin, a frozen wonderland that will never melt away.

In one installation, more than 120 suspended clear, cast resin icicles hang from the gallery ceiling. While they are physically beautiful as objects, they imply a physical threat as well. Their sharp points, arranged in a grid pattern, float just above the viewer’s head.

Fox was born in Oxford, Mississippi, the small Southern hometown of William Faulkner. Her work definitely reflects that, having a tinge of the Southern gothic tradition. She received her MFA from Rutgers and her BFA from the University of Pennsylvania and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, and now lives and works in Brooklyn.

Ice Storm will be on view through October 30th.

Andy Warhol at USC Upstate and the Spartanburg Art Museum

Andy Portrait

Andy Portrait

Back in 2008 the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts gave USC Upstate a collection of 152 color Polaroid and black and white photographs. The gift was part of the Photographic Legacy Program, a project of the foundation that is designed to give greater access to Warhol’s artwork and process. The program specifically targets institutions that would not otherwise be able to acquire works by Warhol. What is especially unique about the program is that each gift includes a significant number of photographs, enough to really create depth in their permanent collections.

USC Upstate is debuting the collection in joint exhibitions at the Spartanburg Art Museum located at 200 E. St John Street in Spartanburg, and the Curtis R. Harley Art Gallery located on the Upstate campus. A series of free lectures is scheduled to accompany the exhibitions along with free exhibit posters and a scholarly catalogue.

Andy Warhol and Friends; Five Minutes of Fame, the exhibition at the Spartanburg Museum, runs through November 20th. As well as original Warhol photographs from USC Upstate’s collection there are additional works by Warhol contemporaries that contextualize the period of the late1970′ s through the 1980’s.

The exhibition at USC Upstate’s Curtis R. Harley Gallery will be up through October 29th, and includes a selection of original Warhol photographs with Warhol-related memorabilia, including Polaroid cameras, commercial ad designs, reproduction prints, and objects.

As individual images viewed outside the context of the collection, these pieces are not particularly significant. But as a body they reveal a great deal about Warhol’s artistic processes as well as his thought processes. They also provide literal “snapshots” into his daily life.

The programming accompanying the exhibits includes a series of free lectures:
Fall 2010 Lectures Series • Presented by Curtis R. Harley Art Gallery
All events are free and open to the public.

SNAP! Warhol’s ’60s Photo Paintings
Thursday, October 7, 3:00 p.m. Lecture at The George*, Room 150
Suzanne Schuweiler, Ph.D., associate professor of art history, Converse College
Immediately following the lecture guests are invited to walk next door to SAM to continue discussion at the “Warhol and Friends Exhibition.” Museum entrance is free before 5:00 p.m.

Andy and Valerie: A Love Story
Thursday, October 21, 5:00 p.m.Lecture at The George*, Room 150
Desiree Rowe, Ph.D., assistant professor of speech and communication, University of South Carolina Upstate.
Immediately following the lecture guests are invited to walk next door to SAM to continue discussion at the “Warhol and Friends Exhibition.” Museum entrance is free until 9:00 p.m.

Andy Warhol’s Photographs In and Out of the Still Life Tradition
Thursday, November 4, 3:00 p.m. Lecture at the George*, Room 150
Rachel Snow, Ph.D., assistant professor of art history, University of South Carolina Upstate
Immediately following the lecture guests are invited to walk next door to SAM to continue discussion at the “Warhol and Friends Exhibition.” Museum entrance is free before 5:00 p.m.

For more information, contact Jane Allen Nodine at or (864) 503-5838.

Mayo Mac Boggs at Wofford and USC Upstate

Upstate artist Mayo Mac Boggs, Professor of Art at Converse College, has been featured at three different venues in that area over the last two months – Converse College, USC Upstate and Wofford College. The coordinated exhibition celebrates his 40-year teaching career and contributions to the visual arts community in Spartanburg.

Converse, where Boggs has been on the faculty for many years, showcased 12-15 of his stone and steel sculptures in the Milliken Art Gallery from August 26-September 23.

Mayo Mac Boggs sculpture on the USC Upstate campus grounds

A selection of his monumental outdoor sculptures are on the campus grounds at USC Upstate through May 30th, 2011. This Sunday, October 10th, the public is invited to a “walk & talk” discussion with Boggs from 2:30-3:30 followed by a reception.

Wofford’s Sandor Teszler Library gallery is featuring small sculptures and 2D works through October 27th.

Mayo Mac Boggs work at Wofford

For more information contact: or 864-503-5838 or 864-597-4300

URGENT!! Contact Your Legislators!!

SC STANDS TO LOSE $40 MILLION in annual arts tax REVENUES!! That’s dollars from the cultural industry, all as a result of Mark Sanford’s last gasp grandstanding. Save Our Cultural Institutions! Contact you legislators by Tues 9am!!

The State Museum, SC Arts Commission, ETV, USC, etc are in deep trouble. Great people who are true community assets WILL lose their jobs. $40mil in annual arts tax revenue will drop, too. Kids, though, will be the ones to suffer the most. Help!

Here’s the link, again, to contact the 6 top SC Repub. House reps; call/email em TODAY to override Sanford’s arts veto by tmrw’s Gen. Assembly session:!/event.php?eid=124574904246754

SCAC Artists’ Retreat this Weekend in Columbia – Sign Up!

Passing on information about the upcoming Artists’ Retreat this Weekend. There’s still space; sign up!

From Katie Fox:

2010 S.C. Artists’ Retreat Schedule and Details
We can’t wait to see you!

The S.C. Artists’ Retreat is shaping up to be a great time. This message includes information that you should review before packing your bags for our weekend together. It will be an active weekend for both your brain and your body!

Please remember that, although we will provide lunch both days, breakfast and dinner are not covered by your registration fee. We will have coffee, water, and snacks at the site. On Saturday night, we will gather in groups at several Columbia restaurants to enjoy more time together, and dinner will be Dutch treat!

The staff of the S.C. Arts Commission and lots of your fellow artists have worked very hard to build a schedule that reflects your stated interests and needs, but the ultimate success of this weekend depends on you. Please come with ears open to hearing the ideas of others, a heart open to forging new relationships, and a mind open to changing the way you see your work and your career. In general, be ready to rock.

There is still space available at the retreat, so keep sharing the information with friends! Feel free to encourage them to call or email me if they have any questions. Additionally, please call us if you need any special accommodations during our time together.

Travel safely!

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Katie Fox, Program Director
Be sure to pack…

Comfortable Clothes (suitable for optional movement activities)
Comfortable Walking Shoes
Umbrella or other rain gear
Sketchbook and/or Journal
Pencils and Pens
Digital Camera
100 Business Cards


The Clarion Hotel is located at 1615 Gervais Street, on the corner of Pickens and Gervais Streets in downtown Columbia.

Hand Middle School is in the middle of the Shandon neighborhood, at 2600 Wheat Street, the intersection of Wheat and King Streets.

From I-77S and I-20S, take 277 into Columbia, where it becomes Bull Street. Take Bull Street to Gervais Street. Turn left on Gervais, and the Clarion Hotel is a few blocks down on the left. To reach Hand Middle School, continue on Gervais Street and turn right on Harden Street. Take Harden Street through the 5 Points neighborhood and head up the hill into Shandon. Turn left on Wheat Street, then right on King Street, and the school parking lot will be on your left.

From I-26, take 126 into downtown Columbia, where it becomes Elmwood Avenue. Turn right where Elmwood dead ends at Bull Street, and follow the directions above.

If you have trouble finding either location, please call (803)727-8520.
Retreat Schedule

Friday, May 14
If you’re in town and have a mind to, meet us on the rooftop bar at the Sheraton at 6:30 for a great view of the city. We’ll then hit the Columbia scene with our marvelous local-artist hosts! The Sheraton is located at the corner of Main and Washington Streets.

Saturday, May 15

8 – 9 am Registration and general mingling
9 – 10 Going with Plan A
What do you most need right now to be fed and
fueled, practically and creatively?
10 – 11:15 Choose Your Own Adventure Sessions
Try new activities with new people!
11:30 – noon You rock
Let’s talk about how.
noon – 12:45 Lunch
1 – 1:45 pm How Abby Quit Her Day Job
1:45 – 2:30 Demons to Daemons
Transforming hinderance into strength.
2:30 – 3:45 Choose Your Own Adventure Sessions
4 – 6 pm Showcase
6 – 7 pm Take a break, prep for dinner
7 pm Dinner groups leave from the Clarion Hotel

Sunday, May 16

9 – 9:30 am Morning Warm-Up
Ease body and mind into the morning.
9:30 – 11 Yes, and…if you could not fail
Big dreams are the ones worth following.
11 – noon A Canvas of Artists
What challenges must we surmount together?
Noon – 12:45 Lunch
1:00 – 1:30 Pecha Kucha Presentations
A handful of artists were allowed 20 images and
just over 6 minutes to wow us. Let’s see what
1:45 – 2:45 Crash Courses: Things to Make Your Life
We’ll have a lightening round discussion of Excel,
e-commerce, and elevator pitches.
3:00 – 3:45 Panel Discussion: Collaborations at work
3:45 – 4:30 Canvas of Artist small discussion groups
4:30 – 5:00 Review and wrap up
5:00 Depart

Funding a Press

I’m almost 40% of the way to my goal of $1900 but I only have 6 days left before my project expires! So I really need your help.

ettan press

The press you see pictured here is going to transform my studio practice! I am raising funds through for the purchase and shipping of a lightweight Ettan MS-12 etching press that I can use for printing small-scale intaglio prints and monotypes. I also intend to use the press for demonstrations and workshops that I will be teaching out of my studio.

With my own small press I can make small prints that will reach a whole different audience than my paintings and more expensive large monotypes. I am very excited about the idea of being able to make more affordable art.

You can see the press at the Ettan website as well as more about my workhere.

So what is Kickstarter? It’s is a new way to fund creative ideas and ambitious endeavors and is powered by a unique all-or-nothing funding method where projects must be fully-funded or no money changes hands. Every Kickstarter project must be fully funded before its time expires or no money changes hands.

I’m almost 40% of the way to my goal of $1900 but I only have 6 days left before my project expires! So I really need your help.

To encourage everyone to participate, there are a variety of different pledge levels:

* $500 or more – Two signed & numbered limited edition 8″x10″ intaglio prints & a thank you on my website.
* $250 or more – A signed & numbered limited edition 8″x10″ intaglio print & a thank you on my website.
* $100 or more – A signed & numbered limited edition 6″x6″ intaglio print & a thank you on my website.
* $50 or more – A signed approx. 22.32″ x 34.5″ limited edition poster from my Three Rivers or Cowasee series & a thank you on my website.
* $20 or more – A signed approx. 10.5″x16.5″ limited edition poster from my Three Rivers or Cowasee series & a thank you on my website.
* $10 or more – A packet of 5 limited edition postcards from my Three Rivers series & a thank you on my website.
* $5 or more – A limited edition postcard from my Cowasee series & a thank you on my website.
* $1 or more -A thank you on my website.

To donate now, go to The Press to be Affordable: Setting up a Press to Make Affordable Art

Thank you for your continued support!