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.

Call & Response: Transmogrify

Fenwick Gallery at George Mason University is pleased to host Call & Response: Transmogrify. The exhibition will run from October 3 through November 9, 2019. A panel discussion with the artists and writers will be held on Thursday, October 10 at 1:30 p.m. in Fenwick Library 2001, with a reception following in Fenwick Gallery beginning at 3:00 p.m.

Call & Response is an annual exhibit of collaborations between writers and visual artists, in which one calls and one responds. The result is a dynamic set of paired works of words and artistic media that resonate and speak to contemporary issues. The theme for the eleventh annual Call & Response is Transmogrify. The term transmogrify means to change, but various dictionaries add “magically,” “utterly,” “surprisingly,” and even “in a grotesque manner.” This collaboration between writers and artists relies on a kind of metamorphosis, one in which a spark from the caller’s work is made apparent in a new form in the responder’s. How do we transform one another? How does one work surprisingly or even utterly, alter our view of another?

Call & Response is an ongoing partnership between the Mason School of Art, the English Department’s MFA program in Creative Writing and the University Libraries, and is presented in conjunction with the annual Fall for the Book festival. The exhibition is curated by Heather Green (Faculty, InterArts, School of Art), and Christopher Kardambikis (Faculty, Printmaking, School of Art), in collaboration with Stephanie Grimm (Art & Art History Librarian & Fenwick Gallery Manager) and Tanya Dieudonne (Fenwick Gallery Graduate Assistant).

For more information on this exhibition at Fenwick Gallery, visit https://fenwickgallery.gmu.edu/ or contact Stephanie Grimm (Art and Art History Librarian) at sgrimm4@gmu.edu. For general inquiries about the University Libraries or George Mason University, contact Jessica Clark (Development and Communications Officer) at jclarkw@gmu.edu.