City Gallery at Waterfront Park presents artist lectures by Lauren Frances Moore and Rebecca West Fraser

The City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs, Charleston magazine and the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art at the College of Charleston School of the Arts present Contemporary Charleston 2011: Under the Radar, a Piccolo Spoleto Festival exhibition at the City Gallery at Waterfront Park from May 26 through July 31, 2011. The exhibit showcases drawing, collage, painting, photography and installation works by local artists who deserve a closer look. The exhibit is curated by Erin Glaze, Coordinator, City Gallery at Waterfront Park and Rebecca Silberman, Program Coordinator, the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art.


Originating in 2006, Under the Radar highlighted emerging artists creating in the Lowcountry, and now through the same partnerships, the projectnow serves as the theme for this year's annual Piccolo Spoleto exhibition, Contemporary Charleston.  From the 170 submissions, a unanimous decision was made to feature the following eight emerging artists: DH Cooper, Rebecca West Fraser, Nina Garner, Conrad Guevara, Greg Hart, Alan W. Jackson, Melinda Mead and Lauren Frances Moore.


On July 2nd, Lauren Frances Moore and Rebecca West Fraser will be having their artist lectures. Below is more information about the artists.


Lauren Frances Moore grew up in Atlanta , GA with an odd enthusiasm for the beautiful, the unique, and the absurd. Though she entered the College of Charleston just four years ago as a student of business, it wasn't long before she began to seek a creative outlet within the college's well equipped and ever-inspiring sculpture studio. Of course, the urge to create was too strong to resist, and she soon chose to split her studies into two distinct, yet surprisingly complementary, majors, Business Administration and Studio Art. Lauren has since had a number of opportunities to exhibit her large-scale installations around town. In 2010, she was a part of the 1x1 StudentxFaculty exhibition at Redux Contemporary Art Center , where she currently teaches youth sculpture classes. She has been included in the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art's Young Contemporaries Exhibition for the past four years, through which she has won a several prizes for her work, including "Best in Show" in 2010.  Last summer Lauren spent 9 weeks on an Intern Artist Fellowship at Franconia Sculpture Park , in rural Minnesota, and this coming Fall, Lauren will be moving to Washington DC to attend graduate school at the University of Maryland, where she will pursue an MFA in Sculpture.


Rebecca West Fraser-Born and raised in Charleston, S.C., Fraser attended Buist Academy and the Academic Magnet High School. Upon graduating high school, she attended Alfred University in western New York and graduated Cum Lade with a BFA in 2010. While attending Alfred University, Fraser created a small gallery space called "Random Room Gallery" which is open to students, faculty and visiting artists. In 2009, Fraser interned as a printing assistant for Hand Graphics Studio in Santa Fe, N.M. Her work has been featured in the Turner Student Gallery, the Random Room Gallery, in BLUME 2010 at Club Pantheon, Artist's Lock-in at Eye Level Art, Kulture Klash 2011 and in the one night Postcard Show: Wish you were here! at the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art.

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