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