University of South Carolina

International environmental artist work on display

Mary Edna Fraser, internationally known as an “environmental artist,” will debut her collection at McKissick Museum Aug. 14 - Dec. 14.

On loan from NASA, “The Art of Environmental Awareness, ‘Batiks’ by Mary Edna Fraser,” will be on display in the north gallery on the second floor of the museum.

Fraser helped bring the art form known as earthworks, which first emerged in the 1960s, to a wider audience with her use of batiks, an ancient medium that uses waxing and hand-dyed cloth.

Fraser’s art expresses issues of climate change and the long-term effects on the environment. Working from a topographical viewpoint, her large-scale works use geological and geographical studies to document the changing face of the landscape.

Early earthwork artists paved the way for others whose works draw attention to the wonders of the environment, both natural and man-made. Growing out of this tradition and making her own mark, Fraser uses her art to direct attention to environmental concerns on a global scale.

A reception for Fraser is set for 5:30 – 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 12.

McKissick Museum is located on the University of South Carolina’s historic Horseshoe with available parking in the garage at the corner of Pendleton and Bull streets. All exhibits are free and open to the public.

Museum hours are 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday thru Friday and 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Saturdays. The museum is closed Sundays and holidays.

For more information, visit or call Ja–Nae Epps at 803-777-2876.

The Art of Environmental Awareness

  • What: Collection of environmentally themed artwork
  • Who: Mary Edna Fraser, internationally known as an “environmental artist”
  • When: Aug. 14 - Dec. 14
  • Where: McKissick Museum

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Posted: 08/11/10 @ 2:40 PM | Updated: 08/11/10 @ 2:46 PM | Permalink