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Fran GardnerBusy Local Artist, Fran Gardner,
Receives Grant from S.C. Arts Commission, Exhibits Work and is Recently Published

Local artist Fran Gardner, a professor of art and art history at the University of South Carolina Lancaster, and whose primary artistic medium is fabric and thread, has been awarded a $1,000.00 grant by the South Carolina Arts Commission. In addition, Gardner has two pieces of her work in a juried exhibit at The Foundry Art Center in Saint Charles, Missouri. Photographs of other works by Gardner have also recently been published in a book by Mary Schoeser titled Textiles: The Art of Mankind.

Petroglyph IGrant from the South Carolina Arts Commission
The S.C. Arts Commission grant allowed Gardner to attend a Master Class workshop taught by artist, instructor, independent curator and author Steven Aimone at the Atlantic Center for the Arts in New Smyrna Beach, Florida. Artist Steven Aimone has taught numerous workshops and courses to a wide variety of audiences: professional artists and craftspeople, college students, museum patrons, and school teachers. This Master Class workshop is designed to replicate the atmosphere and mindset of a graduate school fine art studio. Each artist focuses on an individual conceptual framework to explore certain territory, develop a series of pieces, or explore a particular theme. This framework serves as the genesis for the development of work during the remainder of the retreat. This project received support from the South Carolina Arts Commission and USC Lancaster.

Juried Art Exhibition
Gardner has had two pieces of her work accepted into a juried exhibition titled “PaperWork In, On, and Of Paper VI” at the Foundry Art Centre is Saint Charles, Missouri. This exhibition highlights works that utilize paper as an integral component of expression. Gardner’s two works titled Petroglyph I and Petroglyph III are stitched works on paper. These works will be shown at the Foundry Art Centre through March 22, 2013.Petroglyph III

Published Works
Gardner’s work was chosen for publication in the book by Mary Schoeser titled Textiles: The Art of Mankind. This book, published in December 2012 by Thames and Hudson, London, includes over one thousand color photographs of textiles that represent the juxtaposition of historical and contemporary examples highlighting the skill and imagination of textile designers through the centuries. Gardner’s work is featured in the chapter titled Surfaces.

Biography
A native South Carolinian, Fran Gardner lives and works in the communities of Heath Springs and Lancaster, not far from her birthplace, Hartsville. She earned her BFA from Columbia College (1982) and later, her MFA from Vermont College of Norwich University (1993). She is a professor of art and art history at the University of South Carolina Lancaster where she teaches a variety of foundations studio courses and art history, appreciation and art education. Her work has been exhibited regionally and nationally and published in several books and journals. In 2012, she was a National Park Artist in Residence at Chaco Culture National Historical Park in New Mexico.

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