USC-Lancaster in Lancaster, SC, Announces that Artist Fran Gardner’s Work was Accepted for ArtFields© 2015


Fran Gardner’s art work titled “Laws of Variation” has been accepted for exhibition in ArtFields© 2015 held annually in Lake City, SC. Gardner’s work was one of only 400 pieces selected out of 1,000 entries competing in the exhibit. Her mixed media installation piece is composed of thirty-nine 8”x8” panels that are a combination of painting, drawing and stitchery.


According to the website “ArtFields© is a community-focused celebration of art awarding $110,000 in prizes to artists from across the Southeast. Initially founded in 2013 ArtFields© annually transforms the historic district of Lake City into a Southern art mecca for nine days allowing visitors, residents, and artists to experience a massive arts festival in the heart of one of South Carolina’s most charming small towns.”

Part of “Laws of Variation” by Fran Gardner

Gardner’s pieces will be on display at The Visitor Center at the Historic Whitehead Infirmary at 238 East Main Street in Lake City from Apr. 24 – May 2, 2015. Gardner will give an artist talk about her work on May 1 at 11am. Gardner stated, “ArtFields© draws a very large and diverse audience of artists, art appreciators, and most especially citizens of the southeastern states who are curious and interested in the intersection of art and rural life in the south. I am honored to have my work accepted for this important exhibition.”

A native South Carolinian, Gardner lives in Heath Springs, not far from her birthplace in Hartsville. She is professor of art and art history at the University of South Carolina Lancaster. Her work has been exhibited regionally and nationally and published in books and magazines including “Textiles: The Art of Mankind” by Mary Schoeser. She was a national park artist-in-residence in New Mexico in 2012.

For further info contact Shana F. Dry, Office of Advancement, USC Lancaster by calling 803/313-7008 or e-mail to ( For info about ArtFields© 2015 visit (


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