“It’s Personal” – new exhibit in Fenwick Gallery

It’s Personal: Zines, Artist Books, etc.” – featuring the work of Mason MA and BFA students – is now open in Fenwick Gallery. In “It’s Personal,” the artists use the unique qualities of sequencing, format, and multiples that zines and artists’ books allow as a way to explore and share with a wide audience their interests, perspectives, longings, and questions.

The risograph-printed zines of Christina Childs (MA Graphic Design, 2019) offer bold, simple pairings of text and image that ask “what if” questions on both the personal relational scale and the societal level, delivering some surprisingly poignant punches. Lissy Essmann (BFA concentration Graphic Design, 2019) processes her own anxieties and life circumstances through making zines that can connect with other people. Using a hand-drawn illustration style and children’s book approach to the narrative, she translates somber themes into a consistent, calm, and somehow comforting result. Jane Lee (BFA concentration Sculpture, 2019) addresses the complexities of relationships, culture, identity, and even art school in her text-based zines comprised of often humorous and all-too-relatable internal dialogue, notes, and quotes. Katana Lippart (BFA concentration Printmaking, 2018) explores notions of self, memory, uncertainty, and home through collage, printmaking, zines and artist books. Though stemming from her own personal history, the construction of the books and their altered yet familiar imagery resonates with viewers, calling forth their own memories and experiences.

“It’s Personal” will be on display through March 15, 2019. An artists’ talk will take place on Wednesday, February 27, 2019 at 3:00pm in the Special Collections Research Center on the second floor of Fenwick Library. For more information, visit http://fenwickgallery.gmu.edu/exhibits/personal/.

About Fenwick Gallery: 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 additional information about the Gallery, visit http://fenwickgallery.gmu.edu/. For questions about this exhibition or Fenwick Gallery, contact Stephanie Grimm, Art and Art History Librarian, at sgrimm4@gmu.edu.

Fenwick Gallery Exhibit: [Land]scape

Fenwick Gallery at George Mason University is pleased to host [Land]scape, an exhibition of works by current MFA students in Mason’s School of Art. The exhibition runs from December 3, 2018 – January 26, 2019, with a closing reception and artist panel talk on Wednesday, January 23, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. in Fenwick Library 2001.

What is a landscape? A scenic countryside? A long-standing tradition in art history? The distant backdrop of our lives and memories? In the exhibition [Land]scape, artists ask us to engage the notion of landscape on multiple levels. Some pull imagery directly from observed physical, natural, and built surroundings to construct narratives, comment on social, political, and environmental issues, or use landscape as poetic metaphor. Others explore the unseen spaces we navigate: the mind, dreams, fears, desires, the space between people, between the past and present, between here and there. Featuring a range of painting, mixed media, printmaking, sculpture, and video works, the exhibition itself becomes a landscape revealing a strata of emerging art practices.

Participating artists include Jorge Bañales, Andrea Benge, Brigitte Caramanna, Danielle Dravenstadt, Kate Fitzpatrick, Emily Fussner, Kerrianne Hentges, Erica Hopkins, Strange Lens, Jennifer Lillis, Jayne Matricardi-Burke, Matt Nolan, Kevin Wallace, and Michael Walton.                                                                               

[Land]scape is presented by Fenwick Gallery in partnership with ARTIFACT, a graduate student organization for MFA candidates in Mason’s School of Art. ARTIFACT fosters connection, collaboration, and professional development within the MFA program and creates opportunities to share artists’ work with the Mason community and greater Washington DC area.

About Fenwick Gallery: 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 additional information about the Gallery, visit http://fenwickgallery.gmu.edu/. For questions about this exhibition or Fenwick Gallery, contact Stephanie Grimm, Art and Art History Librarian, at sgrimm4@gmu.edu.

Mason Libraries partners with Fall for the Book festival

The 20th annual Fall for the Book begins this Wednesday, October 11 and runs through Saturday, October 13. What does that mean? 4 Days of readings, discussions, performances, and more by 150 authors!

The Libraries is pleased to once again provide sponsorship for the capstone event for this year’s Mason Reads program (March by Congressman John Lewis) as well as provide space in Fenwick Library for additional Fall for the Book events.

Congressman Lewis will speak at 1:30pm on Thursday, October 11, in the Concert Hall in the Center for the Arts, to discuss his memoir, March: Book One, along with his co-writer Andrew Aydin. March is a #1 New York Times Bestselling series of graphic novels, which have won honors from the Robert F. Kennedy Book Awards and the Coretta Scott King Book Awards, among many others.

In honor of March: Book One and Congressman Lewis’ visit, Mason Libraries’ team members (Joy Suh, Kim Hoffman, Teresa Kan and Westly Wright) created this story map for the community as it celebrates the Fall for the Book festival.

Two of Mason Libraries’ faculty will also be featured at Fall for the Book events. Lynn Eaton, Director, Special Collections Research Center will join a panel discussion on “The Secret History of a Modern Suburb” on Thursday, October 11 at 4:30pm in Fenwick Library Room 2001. Aaron McCollough, Interim Head of Mason Publishing/George Mason University Press will join three other poets for a reading at “Poetry Night Out” on Friday, October 12 at 6pm at Epicure Cafe.

The following Fall for the book events will be held in Fenwick Library Room 2001:

Call & Response: “Borders”
Panel Discussion
Wednesday, October 10, 1:30-2:45pm

Letters from the Boys: Wisconsin World War I Soldiers Write Home
Carrie A. Meyer
Wednesday, October 10, 3-4:15pm

The Secret History of a Modern Suburb
Patricia Farrell Donahue, Lynn Eaton, and Laura Wickstead
Thursday, October 11, 4:30-5:45pm

Writing about the Life and Times of Hunter S. Thompson
Tim Denevi, Margaret A. Harrell, William McKeen, and Juan F. Thompson
Thursday, October 11, 6-7:15pm

Alumni Reading (Poetry & Prose)
Lucy Biederman, John Copenhaver, Joe Hall, Alyse Knorr, and Kate Partridge
Friday, October 12, 4-5:15pm

Writing Through Identity
Sandy Allen, Rachel Z. Arndt, Dave Madden, and Sarah Viren
Friday, October 12, 6-7:15pm

For more information, visit fallforthebook.org.

Call & Response 2018: Borders

Call & Response, an annual exhibition of collaborations between writers and visual artists, in which ones 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 twelfth annual Call & Response is Borders.

Call & Response: Borders is on display from Wednesday, October 10 through Sunday, November 25, 2018 in Fenwick Gallery, housed in Fenwick Library on George Mason University’s Fairfax Campus. An opening reception and panel discussion with the artists is scheduled for Wednesday, October 10 from 1:30 – 3 p.m. Reception refreshments provided by Argo Tea Cafe.

For more information, visit at http://fenwickgallery.gmu.edu/exhibits/borders.