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Citadel News Service
30 May 2013

The Citadel hosts two inaugural events for Piccolo Spoleto

For the first time since the start of Piccolo Spoleto, The Citadel's Fine Arts Program will present a visual art exhibition as well as sponsor a musical performance as part of the Piccolo Spoleto Visual Arts Festival.

over-the-citadel-divided "Ethereal Edges: Lowcountry Coastlines in Batik" is a site-specific installation in the Daniel Library of large-scale batiks by renowned textile artist Mary Edna Fraser. The exhibition is on view from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily through June 9. A free public reception and gallery talk by the artist will be hosted by the Daniel Library on Thursday, May 30 from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Fraser creates the largest batiks in the world and has work in numerous public collections including the Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum, the Charleston International Airport, and NASA.

Curated by Citadel Fine Arts professor Tiffany Silverman, also the director of the new Fine Arts minor, this exhibition features images of familiar Lowcountry locales as well as well as a new piece entitled "Over the Citadel." A companion series of photographs and batik tools documents the process of how these works were created, from the aerial photographs taken from Fraser's vintage airplane to the swaths of silks that float suspended overhead. (see accompanying images)

"Nine Ways to Cross a River" is collaboration of music, words, and art centered on stories of how rivers simultaneously unite and divide. Accompanied by a seven-piece band from four Southern states, Akiko Busch will read from her celebrated book "Nine Ways to Cross a River," Dana Downs will perform songs inspired by the book and Mary Edna Fraser will present her batiks of America's waterways.

The performance will take place from 7-8:30 p.m., on May 31 and June 1 in Bond Hall Room 165 on The Citadel campus. General admission is $20 and $15 for senior citizens. For tickets, please visit

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