College of Visual and Performing Arts at George Mason University

College of Visual and Performing Arts at George Mason University The College of Visual and Performing Arts offers programs in Art, Arts Management, Computer Game Design, Dance, Film and Video Studies, Music, and Theater.

Who We Are The College of Visual and Performing Arts (CVPA) offers degrees in Art, Dance, Film & Video Studies, Music, Theater, Arts Management, Art Education, and Computer Game Design. Professional and liberal arts courses of study are designed to prepare students for careers as creators, performers, teachers, scholars, arts leaders, and arts entrepreneurs, while enriching the cultural life of the Mason Community. Why major in the arts? Students in CVPA work closely with faculty who are recognized professionals in their fields and bring their talent and expertise to the classroom in order to foster skillful and creative leaders. Our outstanding faculty members strive for innovation and excellence in their classes. Outside of class, three campuses plus the entire Washington DC metro area provide exciting opportunities to experience meaningful internships and other collaborative endeavors within the arts.

Congratulation to Dean Davis for being the winner of the 2019 Franklin Smith Comedia Translation Prize! This prize is aw...
05/18/2019

Congratulation to Dean Davis for being the winner of the 2019 Franklin Smith Comedia Translation Prize! This prize is awarded to an outstanding translation of a dramatic work of Hispanic Classical Theater.

Congratulations to the Computer Game Design Program! Their online BFA in computer game design is ranked number one in th...
05/17/2019

Congratulations to the Computer Game Design Program! Their online BFA in computer game design is ranked number one in the nation by Bachelor's Degree Center. Read more here: https://buff.ly/30nCLV2

Mason Community Arts Academy at George Mason University holds summer arts camps in just about every discipline you can t...
05/16/2019

Mason Community Arts Academy at George Mason University holds summer arts camps in just about every discipline you can think of—all taught by university professors, master’s degree candidates or teaching artists. Along with music camps to help young string musicians, flutists, percussionists, pianists and guitarists hone their skills, Mason also offers summer programs in songwriting, film scoring, music production and music theory. A program for 5- to 8-year-olds with no musical experience gives younger ones a chance to sample different instruments, too. Mason’s theater camps teach students about acting, singing and dancing, while a workshop for 15-year-olds gives a behind-the-scenes look at technical stage production. Visual arts offerings are just as varied—with camps in stop-motion animation, digital photography, anime and more available.

CVPA Degree Celebration 2019Thursday, May 16 at 1:30 p.m.Center for the Arts Concert HallGuest tickets are not required ...
05/15/2019

CVPA Degree Celebration 2019
Thursday, May 16 at 1:30 p.m.
Center for the Arts Concert Hall

Guest tickets are not required for the Spring Graduation celebration. Seating is open and available on a general admission basis.
Doors will open one hour prior to the start of the ceremonies. It is advisable to arrive at that time.

It's lunchtime with the Arts at Mason! Presented by Reston Community Center. The School of Theater is LIVE in Reston Tow...
05/09/2019

It's lunchtime with the Arts at Mason! Presented by Reston Community Center. The School of Theater is LIVE in Reston Town Center until 1:30 pm. Check them out!

Life and Art perpetually inform, nurture and sustain one another. Please join me on Wednesday May 8th, 6-8 pm, at Busboy...
05/08/2019

Life and Art perpetually inform, nurture and sustain one another. Please join me on Wednesday May 8th, 6-8 pm, at Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th NW, for my talk Transforming Walls to Bridges. Accompany me on my journey to witness how my heart, mind, hopes, and fears are transferred from one globe of a sand clock to another, from life to art, transforming my art into a voice for justice, peace and human rights.
Chawky Frenn

College of Visual and Performing Arts at George Mason University
05/03/2019

College of Visual and Performing Arts at George Mason University

This exciting and fast-paced concert will showcase the breadth and depth of Mason's ensembles, including Wind Symphony, Fife and Drum Corps, Green Machine, Jazz Ensembles, Opera, Symphony Orchestra, University Choirs, Brass Ensemble, and Drumline! Enjoy an evening of impressive, engaging, and celebratory musical works performed by Mason's sensational School of Music students.

Be sure to check out SOA's Senior Show, on display starting May 6th! Closing reception is May 10th from 6-9pm at the Art...
05/03/2019

Be sure to check out SOA's Senior Show, on display starting May 6th! Closing reception is May 10th from 6-9pm at the Art & Design Building. Show support and celebrate 2019's graduating seniors!

Join us for the annual Mason Film Festival, a 3-day celebration of out student filmmakers and their work! The program re...
05/02/2019

Join us for the annual Mason Film Festival, a 3-day celebration of out student filmmakers and their work! The program represents beginning video, intermediate directing work in fiction, non-fiction, web series, and senior films.

This exciting and fast-paced concert will showcase the breadth and depth of Mason's ensembles, including Wind Symphony, ...
05/02/2019

This exciting and fast-paced concert will showcase the breadth and depth of Mason's ensembles, including Wind Symphony, Fife and Drum Corps, Green Machine, Jazz Ensembles, Opera, Symphony Orchestra, University Choirs, Brass Ensemble, and Drumline! Enjoy an evening of impressive, engaging, and celebratory musical works performed by Mason's sensational School of Music students.

Join the College of Visual and Performing Arts at George Mason University Sunday, May 5th to start GMU AAPI Heritage Mon...
05/02/2019

Join the College of Visual and Performing Arts at George Mason University Sunday, May 5th to start GMU AAPI Heritage Month Celebration! There will be Asian Traditional Fashion Parade, Dances and Music Performance of China, India, Japan, Korea, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Vietnam
The program will conclude with sing along Medley of “Sakura, Arirang, Jasmine Flower, Lanka lanka, America the Beautiful, God Bless America” as well! See the image attached for more details!

Join us in supporting the School of Dance as we present Spring Dance Innovations. Premiering original works by the follo...
05/01/2019

Join us in supporting the School of Dance as we present Spring Dance Innovations.
Premiering original works by the following choreographers:
Christina Gleason
Jesse Arnst
Madison Brott
Mia Brice
Quinn Kelley
Kalyan Sayre
Alyssa Thostesen
Showtimes:
Friday, May 3 - 8pm
Saturday, May 4 - 8 pm
Following the Friday and Saturday concerts will be post-performance discussions with the choreographers.
Tickets available at the Center For the Arts Box Office. Limited free student tickets available.
For questions regarding the event, call the School of Dance at (703)993-1114

This critically acclaimed musical is Stephen Sondheim's semi-autobiographical musing on friendship and the high price of...
04/30/2019

This critically acclaimed musical is Stephen Sondheim's semi-autobiographical musing on friendship and the high price of success. Join us for this special concert presentation, featuring Mason’s Musical Theater student performances and direction by members of our professional, musical theater faculty.
Presented By:
Mason School of Theater
When/Where:
Friday, May 03, 2019 3:00pm
Friday, May 03, 2019 8:00pm

The Choralis Foundation, a Virginia-based choral arts organization, is pleased to announce that the recipient of the 201...
04/30/2019

The Choralis Foundation, a Virginia-based choral arts organization, is pleased to announce that the recipient of the 2019 J. Reilly Lewis Award for Outstanding Contributions to Choral Music is Dr. Stanley Engebretson. Congratulations!

Join in viewing and playing the work of our game design students as they showcase their senior game design projects and ...
04/25/2019

Join in viewing and playing the work of our game design students as they showcase their senior game design projects and demonstrate the talent and skills they’ve learned from our program!
This event is free and open to the public.

Join us for the annual Mason Film Festival, a 3-day celebration of out student filmmakers and their work! The program re...
04/24/2019

Join us for the annual Mason Film Festival, a 3-day celebration of out student filmmakers and their work! The program represents beginning video, intermediate directing work in fiction, non-fiction, web series, and senior films.

Come join us April 26, 2019 from 4:30-5:30 at Research Hall Room 163 for a film screening on the Kathmandu Environmental...
04/23/2019

Come join us April 26, 2019 from 4:30-5:30 at Research Hall Room 163 for a film screening on the Kathmandu Environmental Education Project (KEEP). Come hear about the adventure!
Admission is FREE!
Refreshments provided.

The Department of Women and Gender Studies recently extended their congratulations to Professor Giovanna Chesler. She wa...
04/23/2019

The Department of Women and Gender Studies recently extended their congratulations to Professor Giovanna Chesler. She was recognized as the April 2019 “Filmmaker of the Month” by the D.C. Office of Cable Television, Film, Music, and Entertainment (OCTFME).

Attention Mason Arts Community! Join Spanish artist Miguel Lopez Mora (Digital 21) for an exclusive three-part experienc...
04/16/2019

Attention Mason Arts Community! Join Spanish artist Miguel Lopez Mora (Digital 21) for an exclusive three-part experience exploring his creative and collaborative artistic process!
Monday, April 22, 12:00pm-1:15pm
Center for the Arts, Concert Hall Stage, Fairfax Campus.
Free and open to the Mason community!

Wonderful article about the current School of Music student Eddie Adams! We're so grateful to the many donors who suppor...
04/15/2019
Amid a life of poverty and torment, the cello became his instrument of survival

Wonderful article about the current School of Music student Eddie Adams! We're so grateful to the many donors who support scholarships that enable us to help students like Eddie. We're proud of alumni like Ben Pereyra and professors such as June Huang, whose work as arts educators changes lives.

When he first encountered the cello in middle school, Eddie Adams did not know that it would become his lifeline.

Congratulations to Kauri George and Erblin Nushi, alumni from Film at Mason, for winning regional/Capital Emmys for thei...
04/09/2019

Congratulations to Kauri George and Erblin Nushi, alumni from Film at Mason, for winning regional/Capital Emmys for their senior capstone films!

Proud and humbled for our guard— George Mason University Winterguard - Open Class to be the 2019 Independent Open Clas...
04/08/2019

Proud and humbled for our guard— George Mason University Winterguard - Open Class to be the 2019 Independent Open Class World Champion!

#ChooseMason

04/04/2019

Mason Nation: There are 8 hours left for Giving Day! Thank you so much to everyone who's given today! If you haven't made your gift yet, there is still time. There are many challenges where your small $5 gift counts towards a much larger gift!

Together we are Mason and together we make Mason a vibrant place for the arts! https://givingday.gmu.edu

Here's where we stand on the challenges:

Film at Mason Alumni challenge: 3 out of 10 donors for $100 additional gift to Film at Mason

Film at Mason Matching Challenge: $730 out of $1,500 for new lighting equipment

Computer Game Design: $1,000 out of $1,200. Challenge for additional $500 met!

Friends of Music: 17 out of 20 donors for an additional $1,000 for Friends of Music scholarship funding

Friends of Theater: 8 out of 19 alumni donors for an additional $1,000 for Friends of Theater scholarship funding

Green Machine: 68 out of 80 donors for an additional $2,500 for Green Machine

Center for the Arts: 22 donors out of 40 for an additional $250 towards signage directing people to the Center for the Arts (first 25 gifts will also have $10 added to them by a generous donor)

Hylton Performing Arts: $3,143 out of $5,000 for the Veterans and Performing Arts Initiative

#MasonArts, #ArtsatMason, #GivingDay, #Give2Mason

04/04/2019

FIRST CVPA GIVING DAY CHALLENGE UNLOCKED! Congrats to Computer Game Design for unlocking their $500 challenge for student scholarships! Computer Game Design is only $200 away from meeting their $1,200 stretch goal! givingday.gmu.edu, #ArtsatMason, #GivingDay, #Give2Mason,

Welcome to Mason, #Mason2023! We couldn't be more excited to welcome you to the Mason family! #MasonArts, #ArtistsChoose...
04/04/2019

Welcome to Mason, #Mason2023! We couldn't be more excited to welcome you to the Mason family! #MasonArts, #ArtistsChooseMason, #ChooseMason #GMU #CVPA #Decision Day

Hey Patriots! There's only 24 hours till Giving Day! #TogetherWeAreMason
04/03/2019

Hey Patriots! There's only 24 hours till Giving Day! #TogetherWeAreMason

Bride Price premiered at the Annapolis Film Festival this past weekend. Meghan Brown, Film at Mason Adjunct Faculty teac...
03/30/2019

Bride Price premiered at the Annapolis Film Festival this past weekend. Meghan Brown, Film at Mason Adjunct Faculty teaching Production Design, was the production designer for the film, which was produced by Julie Dash and Nefertite Nguvu.

Happy Friday!
03/29/2019

Happy Friday!

Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity, the newest play from Film at Mason Affiliated Faculty and ...
03/28/2019

Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity, the newest play from Film at Mason Affiliated Faculty and Screenwriting Professor Heather McDonald, made its world premiere at Signature Theater in February.
February 26 – April 7, 2019

Calling all gamers and gaming enthusiasts! Organized by Student Involvement, The Center for the Arts, Computer Game Desi...
03/27/2019

Calling all gamers and gaming enthusiasts! Organized by Student Involvement, The Center for the Arts, Computer Game Design Department, in collaboration with Game Analysis Design Interest Group (GADIG), GMU Esports, GMU Anime and Gaming Society, and the GMU Voice Acting Club, GAMEmason (Gaming, Appearances, Meet and Greets and Experiences) will be an engaging all-day gaming convention Friday, April 5. Pre-Registration starts 11:15 a.m. and the Concert Hall doors open 11:30 a.m.

03/26/2019

We are thrilled to announce the recipients of our inaugural Young Alumni Commissioning Project Awards!

Zachary Wilcox (’15): The Waning Island of Tangier, and why it maybe should be saved
Valerie McKenna (’18): Albright
Andrew Jorgensen (’17): The Sun and the Medicine Man
Learn more about these alumni and their projects here https://buff.ly/2uvnUct

Marking the beginning of a new partnership, the Washington National Opera and Mason’s Opera and Vocal Studies program ...
03/26/2019

Marking the beginning of a new partnership, the Washington National Opera and Mason’s Opera and Vocal Studies program announce a thrilling new musical program called Raising Voices. Learn More Here https://buff.ly/2YrcNis

Come join us Saturday, March 30th, from 5:30 pm – 10:00 pm for a special evening celebrating the School of Dance! The ...
03/19/2019

Come join us Saturday, March 30th, from 5:30 pm – 10:00 pm for a special evening celebrating the School of Dance! The Mason Dance Fête is an intimate benefit reception featuring a Q&A with Lucinda Childs moderated by arts essayist, dance critic, and historian Suzanne Carbonneau.

Mason Jazz Festival is coming! Saturday, March 23rd at 10 am at Harris Theatre, Fairfax Campus, The Mason Jazz Festival ...
03/19/2019

Mason Jazz Festival is coming! Saturday, March 23rd at 10 am at Harris Theatre, Fairfax Campus, The Mason Jazz Festival is an invitational event for middle and high school, community and college Jazz ensembles. Sponsored by Mason Jazz Studies, the National Jazz Workshop and the Jazz Education Network, participating groups perform a 20-30 minute set, followed by a clinic by Mason Jazz faculty and members of the United States Navy Band Commodores. Closing festival performance will be the United States Navy Band Commodores at 7pm in Harris Theatre. All performances are FREE and open to the public.

Welcome back! We hope you enjoyed your Spring Break!
03/19/2019

Welcome back! We hope you enjoyed your Spring Break!

Ushers work alongside the rest of the Front of House staff to ensure that Center for the Arts patrons have a safe and en...
03/14/2019

Ushers work alongside the rest of the Front of House staff to ensure that Center for the Arts patrons have a safe and enjoyable experience while attending performances and events. Applications are accepted year round.
If you are interested in this position, please apply using the CFA Usher Application Form (pdf).

Timeline Photos
03/14/2019

Timeline Photos

03/08/2019
BehindtheScenes of MASTERPIECES with Heather McDonald

Watch this amazing behind the scenes footage! Not only do they work together in an academic setting, but collaboratively in the professional world as well. Two of Mason’s School of Theater professors have their work showcased at the Tony Award-winning Signature Theater located in Arlington.

Playwright, Heather McDonald has written the original play entitled Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity (February 26 – April 7, 2019). Designer, Sherrice Mojgani designed the lighting for the production. This is the world premiere of the show.

Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity tells of three women—an art restorer, her nurse and their military captor—are trapped in a ravaged museum during a catastrophic hundred years war. Tasked with restoring a damaged Rembrandt painting, the women find common shreds of humanity as they try to save a small symbol of beauty in their broken world." For tickets and more information visit Signature Theatre’s website here: https://buff.ly/2Hll01z

Come join us March 23rd for the Off the Wall Event! A family friendly design, media, and fine arts festival featuring a ...
03/08/2019

Come join us March 23rd for the Off the Wall Event! A family friendly design, media, and fine arts festival featuring a brewery and distillery tastings and a mac-and-cheese bar! For more information go to offthewall.gmu.edu

Want to enter the FIRST-EVER #PatriotPEEPS diorama contest?1. Sketch out your idea 📝 (it MUST be Mason Nation focused...
03/07/2019

Want to enter the FIRST-EVER #PatriotPEEPS diorama contest?
1. Sketch out your idea 📝 (it MUST be Mason Nation focused! 💚💛)
2. Hit the grocery store 🛒and buy some PEEPS treats 🐥🐇 - multiple colors are always fun!
3. Grab a box 📦 and begin to craft, melt, mold and manipulate those fluffy chicks and bunnies to bring your creative vision to life.
4. Submit your entry with photos 📸by April 5th!
5. Do you want more info? https://buff.ly/2TpYVpV

Attention students! Apartment Guide will be giving away two $2,500 scholarships for the Fall 2019 semester! Information ...
03/07/2019
Scholarships | ApartmentGuide.com

Attention students! Apartment Guide will be giving away two $2,500 scholarships for the Fall 2019 semester! Information and applications are available at https://buff.ly/2tQn6hU.
Applications are now open and will be accepted until April 12, 2019.

Apartment Guide's Student Scholarship provides $2,500 to two winners for use in educational expenses or student housing in Fall 2019.

Come join us Saturday, March 30th, from 5:30 pm – 10:00 pm for a special evening celebrating the School of Dance! The ...
03/06/2019

Come join us Saturday, March 30th, from 5:30 pm – 10:00 pm for a special evening celebrating the School of Dance! The Mason Dance Fête is an intimate benefit reception featuring a Q&A with Lucinda Childs moderated by arts essayist, dance critic, and historian Suzanne Carbonneau.

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