New exhibit – Sanctuary: The Zines Edition

Sanctuary: The Zines Edition features the work of students in the Mason School of Art “Zines and Self-Publishing” class, led by Emily Fussner. This exhibition is held in parallel with a larger exhibit, Sanctuary, organized by artists and arts management students at Mason.

Students considered a single question, “What does sanctuary mean to you?,” and responded with these intimate works that invite readers into personal, sometimes vulnerable spaces while also offering comfort and connection. The zines are exhibited in a hybrid virtual/physical space, with copies on display in Fenwick Gallery and online. Printable versions of each zine are included on the artists’ individual pages, allowing viewers to keep their own, personal copy of each work.

Sanctuary: The Zines Edition is curated by Fenwick Gallery GRA Andi Benge, with exhibition support from the Art and Art History Librarian, Stephanie Grimm.

Please note: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, access to the Fenwick Gallery in the Fenwick Library is currently limited to Mason students, staff, and faculty. Please enjoy our virtual exhibit if you are unable to visit campus.

New virtual exhibit – Call & Response: Structures

Fenwick Gallery at George Mason University Libraries is pleased to host “Call & Response: Structures,” a collaborative exhibition between Mason’s School of Art and Creative Writing program. The exhibition will run through December 18, with two related virtual events in conjunction with the Fall for the Book festival: an artist’s panel on October 21 and a literary reading on November 17.

Call & Response is an annual exhibit of collaborations between writers and visual artists, including a dynamic set of paired literary and art works that resonate and speak to contemporary issues. The theme for the eleventh annual Call & Response is “Structures.”

For this exhibition, the contributors were asked, “What architecture will you create in this work, and how will form and meaning support one another? What is the use or the imperative of any structure? On what will your structure rest?” As our society reckons with structural inequities, and structural racism in particular, how do we as artists and writers un-struct, de-struct, and instruct, and eventually help construct new systems on new foundations?

This collaborative series was founded more than a decade ago, by Mason Professors Emeritae Susan Tichy (Creative Writing) and Helen Frederick (School of Art) to foster literary and artistic collaboration between students, faculty, and alumni of Mason’s Creative Writing program and School of Art. The digital exhibition is available here, and select works will be on view in the Fenwick Gallery in Fenwick Library through December 18, 2020.

More information is available on the Fenwick Gallery website. Visitors can also follow @fenwickarts on Instagram for show previews and updates. For more information on this exhibition at Fenwick Gallery, contact Stephanie Grimm, Art and Art History Librarian, at sgrimm4@gmu.edu.

Please note: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, access to Fenwick Library is currently limited to Mason students, staff, and faculty.

The Libraries at Mason – Spring Issue

Our annual issue of The Libraries at Mason magazine is now available. Special features include our Oral History Program and partnership with the Mason Osher Lifelong Learning Institute; faculty research endeavours; and our inaugural Artist-in-Residence program. We hope you enjoy this issue!

Cartoonists in Conversation on January 30

Join cartoonist Adam Griffiths and creative duo Kendra & Kat for a live comics reading and discussion of storytelling, community, and collaboration in comics on Thursday, January 30, from 3:30-5pm in Fenwick Library 2001. Moderated by Christopher Kardambikis (Asst. Professor, Printmaking), this conversation is presented as part of the exhibition D(C)MV Comics, currently on view in Fenwick Gallery.

Adam Griffiths is a cartoonist, illustrator, and artist living in Takoma Park, MD, just outside of Washington, DC. He earned a BA from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2004. Adam’s work has been exhibited around DC at transformer, Flashpoint Gallery, The Fridge, Hillyer Art Space, International Studio and Curatorial Program (ISCP), Pleasant Plains Workshop, Rhizome DC, School 33, and Washington Project for the Arts (WPA).

Kendra & Kat have been making comics together for 8 years, and plotting over cupcakes far longer. With comics and zines that run the gamut from queer space pirate shenanigans to illustrated cookbooks inspired by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, they are driven by sparkles and fun. Their work has been featured in anthologies such as Coven and Purity, and they’ve been a staple in the DC-area comic scene since tabling at DC Zinefest back in 2012.

Learn more about this exhibition and related events at https://fenwickgallery.gmu.edu/exhibits/dcmv-comics.

D(C)MV COMICS Exhibit

Join cartoonists Malaka Gharib and Athena Naylor for a discussion of autobiography and personal storytelling in comics at 4 p.m. today in Fenwick 2001. Moderated by Christopher Kardambikis (Asst. Professor, Printmaking), this conversation is presented as part of the exhibition D(C)MV Comics, currently on view in Fenwick Gallery, and will be recorded for the podcast series Papercuts. A light opening reception will follow in Fenwick Gallery from 5-7 p.m. Learn more about this exhibition and related events at https://fenwickgallery.gmu.edu/exhibits/dcmv-comics.   

About the Artists: Malaka Gharib is an artist and writer based in Washington, D.C. She is the author of I Was Their American Dream: A Graphic Memoir, about being first generation Filipino Egyptian American. She is a journalist on NPR’s science desk, covering global health and development. Malaka is the founder of the D.C. Art Book Fair and a food zine called The Runcible Spoon. In her free time, she likes drawing comics and making zines, and her work has been featured in The NibCatapultThe New York TimesThe Washington Post and The New York Times Style Magazine. Athena Naylor is a cartoonist and illustrator based in Washington, D.C, originally from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She specializes in autobiographical comics and illustration. She also specializes in being a giant nerd. Athena received a Master’s in Art History from The George Washington University in 2017 and, unsurprisingly, wrote her thesis on comics.