Title: Artist, Educator
Location: Charleston, South Carolina, United States
Mary Edna Fraser, an Artist and Educator, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Artists for dedication, achievements, and leadership in art.
A widely-recognized artist with growing international visibility, Ms. Fraser continues to increase private commissions and participate in various museum exhibitions. She most recently demonstrated batiks at a panel for NASA in 2018 and unveiled a 100-foot banner for Enough Pie’s “Awakening: King Tide,” in 2017. Prior to this, Ms. Fraser participated in solo shows at the Museum of the Earth, the Patuxent River Naval Air Museum, the Peabody Essex Museum, Agnes Scott College, Macalester College, Oberlin College, the National Academy of Sciences, and the Australian Forum for Textile Arts, among hundreds of other locations. She was also a lecturer at the World Bank Conference in Boston, the American Embassy in Bangkok, and NASA, a judge on the Oregon Arts Commission Fellowship Panel, and an activist with Delete Apathy.Ms. Fraser is driven by her need to create and share her unique perspective with others. She has been flying in her family’s small private plane since childhood, and the beauty of the land as seen from the air inspired her to paint aerial landscapes. Since then, she has honed her skills and developed an expertise in batik on silk, oil on linen, and monotypes on paper.
The highlight of Ms. Fraser’s career was her show at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in the 1970s. Called “Aerial Inspirations,” it was memorable because it drew the largest audience in a museum in the world at the time. The show also marked the beginning of her collaborations with Dr. Orrin Pilkey, who she still works with to this day. Ms. Fraser notably created the art for his books, “A Celebration of the World’s Barrier Islands” and “Global Climate Change: A Primer.” She attributes her ongoing success to her sincerity and hard work.
In addition to fine art, Ms. Fraser also plays five instruments: the guitar, mandolin, bencher, Cajun squeeze box, and the stand-up base. She has been the Lime and the Coconuts band leader since 2012.
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