Mary Edna and Orrin Pilkey lecture at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies in Millbrook, NY, Friday, January 20th, 7 pm

January 17th, 2012

Global warming lecture set” by Scott Cornell was published by The Poughkeepsie Journal this morning, Tuesday, January 17, 2012 in anticipation of Fraser and Pilkey’s arrival at the Cary Institute. The article is quoted below:

Duke University professor Orrin H. Pilkey and environmental artist Mary Edna Fraser will discuss their book “Global Climate Change: A Primer” when the institute presents “Global Climate Change: What Every Citizen Needs to Know” at 7 p.m. Friday in their auditorium at 2801 Sharon Turnpike in Millbrook.

The discussion will not be the first time the institute hosts a lecture on the hot-button issue of global warming, communications program assistant Pamela Freeman said.

“Given the importance of global climate change, a number of our offerings have touched on the topic,” she said. “The Pilkey lecture will be provocative because he will tackle popular anti-warming arguments head-on, using the best peer-reviewed science available.”

The upcoming lecture is part of the Cary Institute’s monthly discussions on environmental topics that include global warming, Lyme disease, West Nile virus, urban ecology and the Hudson River, Freeman said. The institute also offers weekend education programs.

“Global Skepticism and Global Change” by Orrin & Keith Pilkey published by Berfrois literary magazine

January 11th, 2012

“If the vast majority of scientists believe that humans are directly contributing to climate change, then why do polls show that fewer Americans today see global warming as a serious threat than they did two years ago? This public opinion phenomenon is directly attributable to groups motivated to misinform the public. These groups are commonly funded by the Fossil Fuels industry and they are increasingly becoming worldwide in scope.”–Orrin H. & Keith C. Pilkey

View the full text here:

“Global Skepticism and Global Climate” was published January 10, 2012 by Berfrois literary magazine to promote the vital and timely content of Global Climate Change: A Primer, Duke University Press (2011).

Northwest Passage, batik on silk by Mary Edna Fraser, 38.5″ x 54.5″

Delete Apathy: Hurricane Irene’s wake

August 30th, 2011

Check out our latest post on Delete Apathy, a venue for creative people to change the political climate of environmental and social policy. We hope to form a pattern for activism in your backyard. Delete Apathy is our signature for various events and includes choreographed dances, musical compositions, and other fine arts, planned for major universities and institutions.

Expanding coverage of “Global Climate Change”

August 17th, 2011

Global Climate Change: A Primer has gotten an abundance of recent media exposure, including:
“Duke professor Orrin Pilkey takes on the deniers in Global Climate Change: A Primer”, Independent Weekly, Durham, NC, by Gerry Canavan
“The art of climate change”, CNET News, by Leslie Katz
“Authors present climate change argument”, Salisbury Post, NC, by Deirdre Parker Smith
“Expanding Oceans: Batiks of Mary Edna Fraser”, Deep Blue Home, by Julia Whitty
“Rising Oceans, a Story in Batik”, Mother Jones, San Francisco, by Julia Whitty

Installation of "Our Expanding Oceans" at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, Raleigh

Mary Edna and John Sperry observe "Global Perception"

Book Signing on Thursday, June 23 for Global Climate Change: A Primer, Duke University Press

June 7th, 2011

Come celebrate the publication of Global Climate Change: A Primer, co-authored by Orrin & Keith Pilkey with batik art by Mary Edna Fraser, coinciding with the opening of Our Expanding Oceans at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, Raleigh.  You can buy the book directly from

Exhibit Premiere, Reception & Book Signing
Opening: Thursday, June 23, 6-9:30 pm

Exhibit dates: June 25-November 6, 2011

North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences
11 West Jones St., Raleigh, NC 27601
(919) 733-7450, extension 303

Our Expanding Oceans features more than 50 hand-dyed silk batiks by Mary Edna Fraser with explanatory science by Orrin H. Pilkey.

Purchase your tickets to the opening ($10 Friends, $15 General Public) directly from the museum:

Our Expanding Oceans opening at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, Raleigh

June 6th, 2011

Exhibit Premiere & Reception
Thursday, June 23rd, 6-9:30 PM

Join us for an exhibit tour, lecture, book signing, live music, light bites, beer and wine.

For more information, visit or call 919.733.7450, extension 303.

You can buy tickets ($10 Friends, $15 General Public) directly from the museum at:

The exhibit features more than 50 hand-dyed silk batiks. Developed by artist Mary Edna Fraser and scientist Orrin Pilkey.

Exhibit runs June 25-November 6, 2011.

Preview show of Our Expanding Oceans opens at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, Raleigh

March 28th, 2011

Our Expanding Oceans

North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, Raleigh

June 25 – November 6, 2011

Preview beginning March 23, 2011

Mary Edna Fraser and Orrin H. Pilkey continue their collaboration with the comprehensive art and science installation, Our Expanding Oceans.  Designed to educate about the major elements of global climate change, 60 batiks with accompanying text give an overview of subjects such as sea level rise, ocean acidification, and glacier and sea ice melting.  They examine the content of their newest book co-authored by Orrin’s son Keith Pilkey, Global Climate Change: A Primer, Duke University Press, to be published in June.

Thank you Ricky and Steve for such a great installation!

Homage to Hokusai II hangs next to whale bones

From left to right: Core Banks (NC), Self Portrait, Oak Island (NC), and Flying North

From left to right: Oak Island (NC), Flying North, and Homage to Hokusai II

A portion of Global Perception (seen above) is hanging near the gift shop (pictured below).  It is an adaptation of Buckminster Fuller’s 1930 Dymaxion Map in which major land masses are their relative size on a world globe without grossly distorting shape.

Truly a spectacularly large artwork, on display is only a small section of the batik sculpture thought to be the largest in the world.

Homage to Hokusai II

March 18th, 2011

Mary Edna just completed her depiction of Hokusai’s great oceanic wave. She will be installing this work and other large-scale batiks on silk at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh, NC as a preview for the upcoming comprehensive exhibition, Our Expanding Oceans. In collaboration with geologist Orrin H. Pilkey, the show will examine the content of their book, Global Climate Change: A Primer, Duke University Press, to be published in June.

Our Expanding Oceans

North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences

June 25 – November 6, 2011

Preview beginning March 23, 2011

Homage to Hokusai II, batik on silk, 53 x 43 inches

“Many of my batiks are prayer flags and Homage to Hokusai II is dedicated to those in the wake of the Japanese tsunami.” -Mary Edna Fraser

Our Expanding Oceans: Batiks by Mary Edna Fraser at UGA’s Circle Gallery

January 5th, 2011

South Carolina batik artist Mary Edna Fraser will bring her unique environmental artwork to the Circle Gallery January 10th, 2011, where it will stay on exhibit until February 18th. A reception for the artist will be held Thursday, February 17th, from 4:30 to 6 p.m.

Fraser’s work is a compelling blend of art and science, an exploration of the earth’s oceans and shorelines as they experience climate change. Her methods are an intruiguing part of the creation of her elegant interpretation: Using aerial photographs she makes from the 1946 Ercoupe plane that belonged to her grandfather, Fraser explores planet with an artist’s sensibility. Satellite imagery and modern dye technology are integral to these distinctive silks. Color, abstract form and expression create lively works that can let us “see” our oceans in a whole new way.

Mary Edna Fraser works in conjunction with Orrin Pilkey, geology professor emeritus from Duke University, studying the changes in shorelines along the Southeast coast and beyond. Their collaboration is meant to “share scientific information in a way that will both educate and inspire,” according to Fraser. The exhibit comes to the Circle Gallery from the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh, N.C.

Fraser’s artwork has been featured at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, the Charleston International Airport, and other public settings, as well as in books produced with Orrin Pilkey.

The Circle Gallery is located on the ground floor of Caldwell Hall across from Denmark Hall on the North Campus of the University of Georgia. Free parking is available after 5 p.m. The gallery is part of the College of Environment and Design and exists to inspire students of landscape architecture, planning and historic preservation, as well as the general public. The library and gallery are open daily from 8:30 to 6 p.m. weekdays. This exhibit is free; everyone welcome.

For more information, please contact the Owens Library and Circle Gallery at 706-542-8292.

Environmental art comes to McKissick Museum

September 3rd, 2010

McKissick Museum presents “The Art of Environmental Awareness: The Batiks of Mary Edna Fraser” beginning August 14.

All exhibits at the museum are free and open to the public.

Mary Edna Fraser

Fraser uses batiks, a form of earthworks and an ancient medium of waxing and hand dyeing cloth to express climate change and its long-term effects on the environment. Earthworks, a new style of environmental art, emerged in the 1960’s drawing parallels between traditional art in museums, gallery, and the environment.

Early in her career, Fraser recorded landscapes as an artistic expression and focused on the coastlines of the Carolinas. She noticed changes in the earth and became inspired by the land, water and sky. Her works are topographical, and reflect large to-scale pieces like barrier islands, coastal regions and in-land rivers, which reflect the dynamic look and feel of the diversity in the landscapes.

“The Art of Environmental Awareness” will be on display at McKissick Museum through December 14 in the north gallery, on the second floor of the museum. A reception and artist talk is set for 5:30 p.m. November 12.

McKissick Museum is located on the University’s historic Horseshoe. Parking is available in the garage located at the corner of Pendleton and Bull streets. Museum hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays. The museum is closed Sundays and holidays.

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