New exhibition in Fenwick Gallery,“Conjuring Presence,” featuring Mason students, faculty, alumni

Fenwick Gallery at George Mason University is pleased to host “Conjuring Presence,” an exhibition of visual art and poetry featuring Mason students, faculty, and alumni. The exhibition will run in Fenwick Gallery and online from October 20 through December 11, with a literary reading and an artists’ panel to be announced at a later date.

Curated by Mason faculty member and artist Jessica Kallista, “Conjuring Presence” asks both artists and audience to think critically and examine many manifestations of presence: What does it mean to join our creativity as we co-sense and conspire together for the sake of enlivening our imaginations and our communities? What does it mean to become mindful of the need to work against erasure when we understand who is not present and why? Who decides whether some people are or are not allowed to be present to occupy spaces in the arts and academia? How do we acknowledge the past, work for a just future, and still ground ourselves in the present? How might we work to conjure presence? 

The artists and poets featured in “Conjuring Presence” were paired and asked to consider these questions throughout the collaborative process. In doing the work of considering, questioning, and challenging the status quo with radical honesty and presence of mind, together they embrace the power to envision, freedom dream, and co-create otherwise worlds into existence.

This exhibition is co-curated by Heather Green (Asst. Professor, School of Art) and Stephanie Grimm (Art and Art History Librarian and Fenwick Gallery Manager), with exhibit support from Chen Bi (Fenwick Gallery Graduate Assistant). Exhibition support is generously provided by the University Libraries, School of Art, and Creative Writing Program at Mason.

“Conjuring Presence” will be on display in Fenwick Gallery and online. Fenwick Gallery is located in Fenwick Library on Mason’s Fairfax campus. The gallery is open during Library business hours; see the Library’s website at http://library.gmu.edu for the most accurate and up-to-date information.

For more information on this exhibition at Fenwick Gallery, contact Stephanie Grimm, Art and Art History Librarian, at sgrimm4@gmu.edu.

Graduate Research Connections – workshops for grad students 10/28 & 10/29

Build your productivity, research, and writing skills at GRADReCon: Graduate Research Connections! A smorgasbord of workshops on topics essential to your success at Mason, GRADReCon is a partnership of Graduate Student Life, University Libraries and other key university programs and services for graduate students. Join us online, Thursday, October 28 and Friday, October 29. Registration, schedule, and more available at https://infoguides.gmu.edu/gradrecon.

Center for Mason Legacies releases “Black Lives Next Door” preliminary findings

The Center for Mason Legacies (CML) invites you to explore their newly created digital project, Black Lives Next Door: George Mason and Northern Virginia in an Age of Disparity and Opportunity (BLND). Building on work that began in 2020, BLND is presenting its first set of findings and inviting our community to take a journey through our “pasts next door” and related stories. Read the full announcement here.

About the Center for Mason Legacies: CML is an interdisciplinary and collaborative research center established by the University Libraries and the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. CML’s mission is to preserve and examine the legacy of George Mason IV (1725-1792), his ancestors and heirs, and the people he enslaved. Learn more about the center here and their various research projects here.

Congratulations, Mason graduates!

George Mason University will conduct its 54th Spring Commencement virtually at 2 p.m. on Friday, May 14, 2021, with First Lady Jill Biden as the featured speakerThe university-wide commencement ceremony will be live-streamed. Mason will also hold in-person graduation recognition events throughout the week leading up to Friday’s ceremony.

Graduate students survey on journal access

The University Libraries is conducting a survey to learn about Mason researchers’ journal usage and access needs. As journal costs outpace library budgets, the Libraries has been forced to shift some journals from a subscription-based model to an alternative access model, in which articles are available via Open Access or Interlibrary Loan (ILL).  

The survey for graduate students is available here and will remain open from Monday, May 3 through Monday, May 17, at 11:59 p.m. The survey is anonymous. Survey responses will be used within the Libraries only, to inform journal subscription and renewal decisions. A separate survey has been circulated to faculty.

If you have any questions about this survey, email Dr. Helen McManus, Head, Collections Strategy, at hmcmanus@gmu.edu

To learn more about the Libraries’ recent efforts to further sustainable collection practices, visit our Sustainable Collections site