George Mason University School of Art

George Mason University School of Art George Mason University’s School of Art is a collaborative, academic, and professional community focused on advancing creativity through traditional and new media applied to varying social contexts.
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Apply today! For more information: art.gmu.edu The School of Art is located within the College of Visual and Performing Arts and offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in art with concentrations in Painting, Drawing, Sculpture, Printmaking, Critical Art Practices, Graphic Design, Photography, and New Media.

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Assistant Professor Heather Green’s poetry book, No Other Rome, was published last month, as the Editor’s Choice for the...
05/04/2021

Assistant Professor Heather Green’s poetry book, No Other Rome, was published last month, as the Editor’s Choice for the Akron Poetry Series, from University of Akron Press.

In No Other Rome, the title’s o’s are islands (wholes) or holes, lacunae, aper- tures through which we view the past or future. The poems in this collection engage contemporary art and Modern literature, alongside texts from Clas- sical Greece and Rome, in an embodied, intertextual worry.

The poems ask what lasts—“please last”—and what might be the last (or, with an o, “lost,”) “time,” “auk,” or “breath” as we move away from twentieth-century concerns into an unpredictable future. When there is no Planet B, no other Troy to burn, these elegies, love poems, and meditations seek a song that could “in singing, change the seen.”

Heather Green’s work has already received high accolades.

To her great traditional subject, the limits of human life, Heather Green brings an impassioned, distinctive, and sometimes rowdy lyricism that explores the limits of language and the joys of that exploration.
—Robert Pinsky

You can purchase your own copy of No Other Rome by clicking the link in our bio☝🏽

Book Cover Credit: Greek Onyx Girl, by Kevin Francis Gray

Learn more about Heather Green at heather-green.com

Did you know that we have a brand new class, Poetry for Artists, happening this Fall? Annnnnddd, great news, we still ha...
04/29/2021

Did you know that we have a brand new class, Poetry for Artists, happening this Fall? Annnnnddd, great news, we still have seats open!

Assistant Professor Heather Green will be offering this course Tuesdays from 1:30-4:10. This course is open to all undergraduate and graduate students.

Explore poetry and the various ways it connects with different modes of art making. Experiment with poetry comics, poem films, visual poetry, and artist books and performance. NO EXPERIENCE REQUIRED! All ranges of experience with poetry and art making are welcome. Please contact me at [email protected] with any questions.

Nature is an indispensable part of human life. It is the basis for human survival. Due to the breakout of COVID-19, peop...
04/28/2021

Nature is an indispensable part of human life. It is the basis for human survival. Due to the breakout of COVID-19, people are suffering from illness, and experiencing pain, anxiety, loneliness, unknown and fear. SANCTUARY - Growing Alongside Nature in an Uncertain World represents the mutual vulnerability, fragility, and resilience of nature and humans, and explores the healing power of nature in times of isolation and uncertainty.  
  
This exhibition displays artworks made during the pandemic, presenting artists’ personal experiences of how the sanctuary of the natural world helps them persevere and grow during these challenging times. 
 
We have seen enough misery and hopelessness. With SANCTUARY, we expect to bring back the hope, resilience and inner peace for all who are seeking sanctuary for their spirit. SANCTUARY invites people to reflect on the way we treat nature, heightening our appreciation for nature and the need to care for it in the future.

Sanctuary is a virtual gallery that was curated by George Mason University students.

All work was submitted by current students and alumni.

To view the virtual gallery click the link in our bio ☝🏽

Artist Credit:

Parker Prue, Graphic Design
Yana Belcher, Graphic Design
Yassmin Raiszadeh, Graphic Design
Christina Cortes, Graphic Design
Sisc Johnson, Photography
Gabriela Candelario, Alumni
Robabeh Riasati, Painting, Alumni

Artists please feel free to tag your IG in this post!

We are so proud to announce that MFA student Andrea Benge, known for ANDiLAND, has been awarded the Best Experimental Fi...
04/27/2021

We are so proud to announce that MFA student Andrea Benge, known for ANDiLAND, has been awarded the Best Experimental Film award at the Sydney World Film Festival for her short Desert Air.

In addition, Benge received a Tarkovsky Grant.

Desert Air is a dark journey down the rabbit hole of a turbulent female adolescence. 

“The theme this year was inspired by the incredible resilience and creativity evidenced by our community and our team over the past few unprecedented months,” said Slamdance president and co-founder Peter Baxter. “The shared journey ahead for Slamdance’s filmmakers, alumni community and organization is to ‘Greenlight Yourself’ and triple down on not only who we are, but how we can continue expanding the many ways we support the filmmakers who are the future of independent filmmaking.”

In addition to the U.S., this year’s selection of films come from Australia, Finland, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Lithuania, Romania, the UK and Taiwan.

The festival’s new program featured 22 short films from up-and-coming disabled filmmakers, feature actors with disabilities, or highlight the conversation of disabilities in today’s world.

Unstoppable is entirely programmed by disabled artists and the program’s mission is to amplify the contributions of the disabled community and advocate for their rightful inclusion in our industry.

Click the link in our bio to see more about Desert Air.

Congratulations Andi, this award was well deserved!

#sydneyworldfilmfestival #shortfilm #andilandart #animation #videogame #videoart #videoartist #newmediaart #digitalart #experimentalvideo

Congrats Reece Quiñones! Join us in celebrating Reece Quiñones, our AIGA DC 2021 Fellow Award recipient. The event will ...
04/20/2021
Reece Quiñones is our AIGA DC 2021 Fellow – AIGA Washington, DC

Congrats Reece Quiñones!
Join us in celebrating Reece Quiñones, our AIGA DC 2021 Fellow Award recipient. The event will be held on Zoom, Saturday, May 22nd, 12:00-1:30pm ET.

Join us in celebrating Reece Quiñones, our AIGA DC 2021 Fellow Award recipient. The event will be held on Zoom, Saturday, May 22nd, 12:00-1:30pm ET. Reece is an

Happy Friday Everyone!! This morning at 11am, Director of Undergraduate Studies, Rachel Debuque will be presenting at th...
04/16/2021

Happy Friday Everyone!!

This morning at 11am, Director of Undergraduate Studies, Rachel Debuque will be presenting at the Fate Conference.

Her presentation is titled, “Building Resilience: Embracing Failure in the Foundations Classroom”

This Classroom is a Joke Abstract: 

Humor and art share an ability to reveal something essential about the human experience. Their transgressive properties challenge our conventional narratives, question dominant power structures, and add meaning to our lives. Humor skillfully destabilizes collective definitions, expands possibilities, and invites engagement.

There is a resistance to humor in the classroom as it threatens the inherent value and the perceived seriousness of art and academia. Without the presence of joy, play, humor, and experimentation, we will build a cohort of timid, joyless artists. Laughing classrooms reframe failures as necessary challenges that build confidence.

This presentation explores the ways that classroom joy is linked to experimentation, risk taking and building resiliency. It will highlight experiences incorporating clowning workshops, laughter leading, and play into studio art classes. We will discuss how to build projects, implement critique methods, and facilitate conversations that encourage a lighthearted approach to making mistakes.

Humor’s ability to reframe failure as productive create the ideal conditions for critical engagement and deepen the transformative potential for each student. Humor is necessary tool to understanding the true depth and purpose of the artist.

Link to the conference in bio☝🏽Hoping to get a recording of the conference presentation to share with you on our website!!

Justin Sutters named 2021 Southeastern Region Higher Education Art Educator Justin Sutters is the Director of the Master...
04/06/2021

Justin Sutters named
2021 Southeastern Region Higher Education Art Educator

Justin Sutters is the Director of the
Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) Program here at the School of Art.

The National Art Education Association has named Justin Sutters, of Herndon, VA, to receive the 2021 Southeastern Region Higher Education Art Educator Award.

This prestigious award, determined through a peer review of nominations, recognizes the exemplary contributions, service, and achievements of an outstanding NAEA member annually at the Regional level within their division.

NAEA President Thom Knab states, "This award is being given to recognize excellence in professional accomplishment and service by a dedicated art educator. Justin Sutters exemplifies the highly qualified art educators active in education today: leaders, teachers, students, scholars, and advocates who give their best to their students and the profession."

To read the full article about this prestigious award, click the link in the bio!

#mat #awardwinner #naea #naeaart

03/07/2021

𝘓𝘦𝘰𝘯 𝘉𝘦𝘳𝘬𝘰𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘻, 𝘚𝘵𝘦𝘷𝘦𝘯 𝘊𝘶𝘴𝘩𝘯𝘦𝘳, and 𝘌.𝘌. 𝘐𝘬𝘦𝘭𝘦𝘳 reviewed by Mark Jenkins for the Washington Post. ⁣

"The three solo shows at Hemphill Artworks don’t add up to an overview of the evolution of abstract painting, and aren’t meant to. Still, the progression from Leon Berkowitz’s luminous austerity to Steven Cushner’s totemic imagery to E.E. Ikeler’s mixed-media intricacy does demonstrate intriguing generational shifts. Over a half-century of this trio’s nonrepresentational art, things get funkier and funkier."⁣

Read more at https://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/museums/art-gallery-shows-dc-region/2021/03/03/a33f6c3e-7aba-11eb-b3d1-9e5aa3d5220c_story.html

Shared by @insta.lisa.mccarty : “I’m absolutely thrilled to announce the publication of A Time of Youth: San Francisco, ...
03/03/2021

Shared by @insta.lisa.mccarty :

“I’m absolutely thrilled to announce the publication of A Time of Youth: San Francisco, 1966-1967 by William Gedney. It was an honor to edit this book and bring it into fruition over 50 years after Gedney completed it. Published by @dukeuniversitypress with a beautiful essay by @philipgefter, a few short texts by me, and over 100 gorgeous reproductions of Gedney’s prints and ephemera from @duke_ada.”

Link to more info and the full book description in the bio!

Lisa McCarty is an artist and writer. McCarty is also a 2005 B.F.A in Studio Art alumni.

Congratulations @insta.lisa.mccarty and team on this huge accomplishment!!

George Mason University School of Art invites you to join us for a lecture by Rozeal, Thursday, February 25, 7:30pm (Eas...
02/22/2021

George Mason University School of Art invites you to join us for a lecture by Rozeal, Thursday, February 25, 7:30pm (Eastern Time).

Rozeal (Formerly known as Iona Rozeal Brown) was born in Washington, D.C. Her paintings utilize traditional ukiyo-e printmaking techniques to meld Japanese folklore, geisha, kabuki, and ganguro culture, and burapan (which appropriates black culture imagery) with her own references to hip-hop and African-American culture. Brown’s experience as a DJ also informs her work.

The Visual Voices Colloquium is a professional lecture series hosted by the School of Art represents a window into the professional world of art and design. Speakers are chosen with faculty guidance to represent leading and emerging talented practitioners, as well as artists whose work lies beyond the subject areas of the program offerings. Mason School of Art students and attendees will be able to interact with speakers via a virtual Q&A following her lecture.

#afrofuturism #blackwomenpainters #blackculture #blackcultureandidentities #hiphop #graffitiart #kabuki #ukiyo-e #comsumerism #dj #fashiondesign #manga

https://art.gmu.edu/visual-voices/

02/16/2021
Reece Quiñones

George Mason’s Reece Quiñones named one of Graphic Design USA’s 2021 People to Watch! Congrats Reece!

“For Nearly Six Decades, GDUSA Has Started Each Year By Choosing A Group of People to Watch Who Embody The Spirit of the Creative Community.

Individuals we have come to know and respect for a combination of talent, success, leadership, newsworthiness, influence and community service. In a field so deep in talent and broad in numbers, this is clearly a subjective process. And this year was a particular challenge — as well as a particular honor for us — since so many of you were able to navigate an unprecedented and uncertain environment with grace, dignity and intelligence. We hope you enjoy and appreciate our selections, heed their compelling words about what has changed and what has not — as well as what 2021 may look like. And, as usual, let us know what you think and who may be missing. We expect to be here another 60 years, so there is time and space aplenty.”

Reece works with diverse business teams and helps them articulate their messages to audiences and compelling creative work.

02/13/2021
Spotlight: Sam Nester's 'Arcadia' at George Mason University

More cool stuff going on at George Mason! Check out this article on what Don Russell and our Mason Exhibitions crew are doing during this pandemic time while our regular galleries are closed

Sam Nester's Arcadia is a groundbreaking installation that puts the background environment into the foreground

Happy Friday Everyone!! This week has been busy, busy, busy. Before we head into the weekend I wanted to share some exci...
02/12/2021

Happy Friday Everyone!! This week has been busy, busy, busy. Before we head into the weekend I wanted to share some exciting news with you.

Every year the College Art Association of America hosts a CAA Conference. This conference provides the value of shared scholarship, research, and practice among members and those dedicated to the visual arts.

This event is an opportunity for collaboration, networking, and professional development.

This year, CAA held its 109th conference, virtually, and we have three faculty members who are presenting.

This year the conference is focusing on the topic of Climate Crisis, including eco-art, eco-criticism, and climate justice.

Our faculty at the School of Art are absolute rockstars and it’s a huge deal that they are presenting in this conference.

Those presenting this year are Rachel Debuque, Director of Studio Foundations, Christopher Kardambikis, Director of Printmaking, and Justin Sutters, Director of Master of Arts in Teaching.

According to Sutters, “I viewed this as an opportunity to expand my professional sphere of influence while also presenting with colleagues on other academic spaces that I would not normally engage with. I found it important to represent Mason across disciplines and venture into dialogue and interactions that might yield future collaboration.”

Swipe through to see this years topics. IG cut off Rachel Debuque’s talk however her topic was Building a Curriculum Centered on Inclusion.

Professor Rachel Debuque presenting at the College Art Association Conference today!
02/12/2021

Professor Rachel Debuque presenting at the College Art Association Conference today!

Professor Rachel Debuque presenting at the College Art Association Conference today!

02/04/2021

Valentine’s Day is approaching, and honestly what says I love you more than a cake decorating class with me!! Perfect for beginners and a super fun couple or girlfriends date!! @arworkshopalexandria and I are hosting an amazing duo class so you get two activities in one date! Check out our bio for the link to sign up!!!!!

Michael Thornton   BA Graphic Design with Photography Minor  alleviationart.comFor my project, I wanted to use my photog...
02/01/2021

Michael Thornton
BA Graphic Design with Photography Minor
alleviationart.com

For my project, I wanted to use my photography and graphic design skills to create 9 posters pertaining to portraiture. I wanted to utilize a studio setting to draw focus to the facial expressions of each subject while making the posters interesting and appealing with the addition of text. These posters will be made for the intention of being hung up in and around business type areas such as offices, lobbies, etc. I would also like this to be printed element in my own home studio so people can see the art in its physical form rather than just the digital form.

The reason I am taking the direction of portraiture is because I see a lot of landscape artwork and photography posted up but not a lot of portrait work. With the posters that include text, I am working and experimenting with hierarchy and trying to make it more interesting with the word placement using single words to describe the photo as well as using poems to add a bit more to each individual poster.

The process of this project included taking professional level images in a home studio a drawing visual inspiration from various social platforms including Pinterest and Instagram. Using natural post processing techniques to produce the final images, I was then able to start on the final step of the project which was add text and typography to the 9 different pieces. All the text has direct relation to the specific image and the theme overall.

Instagram cropping does affect how the images look. To see Michael’s full collection visit the Mason Exhibitions link in the bio!

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The School of Art offers degrees in the following areas: Master of Fine Arts Graphic Design New Media Painting Photography Printmaking Sculpture Master of Arts Graphic Design Teaching in Art Education (MAT)* Undergraduate Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art and Visual Technology Drawing Graphic Design New Media Art Painting Photography Printmaking Sculpture Pre-Art Education Minor in Art and Visual Technology Minor in Graphic Design Honors in Art and Visual Technology (by invitation only) * Students who intend to seek licensure to teach art in Virginia public schools or who intend to apply for entrance to the master of arts in teaching program for art education should pursue a BFA (any concentration) with the coursework suggested in the GMU University Catalog.

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Hello! We are Student Coordinators in the Office of Orientation and Family Programs and Services here at George Mason University. We are reaching out to ask if you have any interest in performing on Saturday, November 11th, during our program named Patriots Unplugged for Family Weekend 2017. The event is a coffee-house style program, during which we’d like to feature Mason students and their talent. We are looking for singers, poets, musicians, artists and directors to display their work during the 7:30pm-9pm program. Students and Family members from all years and backgrounds will be attending this event. We have determined time limits for each act - Each singing/musical actus (individuals and groups no larger than 3) will be limited to a three-song set, with each song going no longer than 5 minutes. - Spoken word pieces or poetry are limited to no longer than 5 minutes. - Short films lasting no longer than 10 minutes. We are also looking for student artwork to display in the Bistro, where the event will be taking place. We ask that any interested artist send us a photo of the piece and a description. If this is something of interest to you, please reach out and share your intended pieces. After review, we will let you know if we would like to display your work during the program. If you have any questions, please let us know, and we hope to hear back from you soon! Sincerely, Victoria Orosa and Monty Westendorff Student Coordinators Office of Orientation and Family Programs and Services
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