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.

Alumni Cocktails & Conversations with Dean Davis is back! 🎓On Monday, February 22, artist entrepreneurs discuss how they...
02/20/2021

Alumni Cocktails & Conversations with Dean Davis is back! 🎓

On Monday, February 22, artist entrepreneurs discuss how they applied their Mason arts training in successful business ventures in the arts and beyond.

Join via the George Mason University's Center for the Arts website, page, and YouTube channel: https://buff.ly/3pxk2l9

#MasonArtsAtHome

Film at Mason alum Andrew Jorgensen’s short film, "The Sun and the Medicine Man," follows a Mexican-American family livi...
02/18/2021

Film at Mason alum Andrew Jorgensen’s short film, "The Sun and the Medicine Man," follows a Mexican-American family living in and managing a small suburban motel. When the family seeks the assistance of a medicine man, they are given a jar of mysterious liquid which, with the power of the sun, heals their old physical wounds as well as some internal ones.

Watch the screening on the George Mason University's Center for the Arts website, page, and YouTube channel: https://buff.ly/3jYsk4l

Jorgensen is a Young Alumni Commissioning Project Award Recipient.

While #NationalRandomActsOfKindnessDay is being celebrated tomorrow February 17, George Mason University has launched th...
02/16/2021

While #NationalRandomActsOfKindnessDay is being celebrated tomorrow February 17, George Mason University has launched the Mason Chooses Kindness initiative to emphasize intentional acts of kindness every day.

Through it, Mason aims to help Patriots thrive together through kindness with resources, events, and ways to get involved in creating a kindness revolution.

Learn more: https://buff.ly/3qrxxEp

SUNDAY→ join us via the George Mason University's Center for the Arts website or YouTube channel for a Mason Cabaret dig...
02/13/2021

SUNDAY→ join us via the George Mason University's Center for the Arts website or YouTube channel for a Mason Cabaret digital performance!

Our musical theater ambassadors celebrate the powerhouse team of composer John Kander and lyricist Fred Ebb with a program of their most memorable show tunes and popular songs made famous by America’s biggest stars.

More details: https://buff.ly/3rKI8KT

02/12/2021
Kritikos Anti-Racist Reading Group - Spring 2021

Kritikos Anti-Racist Reading Group returns 📚

We encourage the CVPA community to join these weekly sessions with the goal of long-term commitment to relationship building, awareness, reimagining, transformation, and action around anti-racist practices.

More information: http://bit.ly/3tXTc9x

The George Mason University School of Art's Visual Voices lecture series continues on February 11 at 7:30 p.m. with Nati...
02/10/2021

The George Mason University School of Art's Visual Voices lecture series continues on February 11 at 7:30 p.m. with Native American artist Wendy Red Star 🎨

Raised on the Apsáalooke (Crow) reservation in Montana, Red Star's work is informed both by her cultural heritage and her engagement with many forms of creative expression. This event is part of #MasonArtsAtHome.

Register for the Zoom webinar: https://buff.ly/3a7tG9J

02/07/2021
Mason Players

Next up from the Mason Players ⬇️

#MasonArtsAtHome

We are ONE WEEK AWAY from the premiere of the Mason Cabaret: Sing Happy! The Music of Kander & Ebb!

Directed by Erin Gardiner, Musical Direction by Joe Walsh, Conceived by Erin and James Gardiner

Composer John Kander and Lyricist Fred Ebb created some of the most iconic shows on Broadway, including Cabaret, Chicago, Kiss of the Spider Woman, Woman of the Year, and Curtains just to name a few. Through a pre-recorded, digital performance, our musical theater ambassadors, the Mason Cabaret, celebrate this powerhouse team with a program of their most memorable showtunes and popular songs made famous by America’s biggest stars. New York, New York anyone?

This event will be available to watch beginning Sunday, February 14 at 4 p.m. EST simultaneously on the Center for the Arts webpage and YouTube channel. College of Visual and Performing Arts at George Mason University

(Edited by Mason Players Apprentice, Samba Pathak)

The deadline to apply for our Young Alumni Commissioning Project is tomorrow, February 5 at 11:59 p.m. ET. Alumni, don't...
02/04/2021

The deadline to apply for our Young Alumni Commissioning Project is tomorrow, February 5 at 11:59 p.m. ET. Alumni, don't miss this great opportunity to have your original work be presented and supported by the College of Visual and Performing Arts at George Mason University!

Apply now: https://buff.ly/2HQ1OL2

02/01/2021
George Mason University's Center for the Arts

ICYMI→ George Mason University's Center for the Arts announced its Spring 2021 season, which includes digital, in-person, and outdoor events! 🤩 #MasonArts

Our Spring 2021 season includes Broadway belters, world music, classical gems and much more. It's a mix of digital, in-person and outdoor performances. We hope you love it as much as we do!

Select performances on sale now: bit.ly/3cla03N

ALUMNI→applications to our Young Alumni Commissioning Project are due in 1 week! The program provides grants to CVPA alu...
01/29/2021
Young Alumni Commissioning Project Informational Session

ALUMNI→applications to our Young Alumni Commissioning Project are due in 1 week! The program provides grants to CVPA alumni for the creation of original work, which will be presented by the College at a Mason venue during the 2021-22 season.

More information: http://bit.ly/2NO4L2k

Recording from the virtual information session about the Young Alumni Commissioning Project 2021 grant application process, led by Adrienne Bryant Godwin and...

George Mason University is expanding its testing capabilities by introducing a rapid-result, saliva-based COVID-19 test....
01/28/2021
George Mason University | COVID-19 Testing Helping a #SafeReturn2Mason | CAP CLIA Laboratory

George Mason University is expanding its testing capabilities by introducing a rapid-result, saliva-based COVID-19 test. This effort will allow the university to better track and control the virus on campus.

Learn more from this newly released video ⬇️

Mason's saliva-based, rapid-result test is part of the university's comprehensive plan to track and control the virus on campus. @George Mason University ann...

Make the arts a part of your Spring 2021 semester! Classes are available for all Mason students who would like to fulfil...
01/26/2021

Make the arts a part of your Spring 2021 semester!

Classes are available for all Mason students who would like to fulfill Arts Core requirements. While most courses are offered online, many classes are planned for in-person or hybrid instruction.

Sign up by February 1, 2021: https://bit.ly/3pg2Bq1

ICYMI→CVPA and the George Mason University School of Dance recently launched the LIVE Center. Conceived and spearheaded ...
01/25/2021

ICYMI→CVPA and the George Mason University School of Dance recently launched the LIVE Center. Conceived and spearheaded by Heritage Professor of Dance Christopher d’Amboise, it is a home for innovative virtual education and collaboration solutions for the School of Dance and all academic units within our college.

Learn more: https://buff.ly/2N3ih1F

CVPA is lucky to have some of the best in the biz on our Faculty ⭐For our first #CVPAFacultyPlug, we're thrilled to high...
01/22/2021
What I Do: Deb Sivigny, Scenic Designer

CVPA is lucky to have some of the best in the biz on our Faculty ⭐

For our first #CVPAFacultyPlug, we're thrilled to highlight Assistant Professor of Costume and Scenic Design, Deb Sivigny. In this video, she discusses her process to create the set for The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Theater for Young Audiences’ production of "She A Gem by Joshua Wilder."

How do artists make decisions about what audiences see and hear on stage? What I Do explores the behind the scenes decisions through eyes of the artists who make them. Scenic Designer Deb Sivigny discusses her process to create the set for Kennedy Center Theater for Young Audiences’ world premi...

Ahead of next week, here are tips on how to keep the George Mason University campus safe from COVID-19.ATTN: Reva and Si...
01/21/2021
George Mason University | Safe Return to Mason | Welcome Back, #MasonNation!

Ahead of next week, here are tips on how to keep the George Mason University campus safe from COVID-19.

ATTN: Reva and Sid Dewberry Family School of Music, George Mason University School of Dance, Mason Players, George Mason University School of Art, Film at Mason, Mason Game Design Program, George Mason University Arts Management Program

@George Mason University welcomes students, faculty, and staff back for the spring 2021 semester with tips on how to keep the campus safe from COVID-19.Mason...

01/19/2021
NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt

ICYMI→ this is Reva and Sid Dewberry Family School of Music alum Dr. Jacob Kohut, being featured on NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt!

Over the past several days, Dr. Kohut has appeared on many national media outlets due to his exemplary work as a music teacher and member of the D.C. National Guard 👏

We're feeling #MasonPride!

https://fb.watch/36F41FhXWq/

WATCH: Dr. Jacob Kohut, an elementary school band teacher and member of the DC National Guard, is making time to teach when he’s not protecting the Capitol.

Today, we celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. "As artists, teachers, and students in the Colleg...
01/18/2021

Today, we celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

"As artists, teachers, and students in the College of Visual and Performing Arts, let us take a moment—many moments—on this day to remember and reflect, and then lift our artistic voices in service of Dr. King’s dream, even though at times the task seems daunting."

Read the full message from Dean Davis: https://buff.ly/2LCivMP
Mark your calendars for this Evening Reflection: https://buff.ly/35K8rrM

SPRING 2021 UPDATE→ "After considerable conversations with leaders across the university and public health experts, we p...
01/15/2021

SPRING 2021 UPDATE→ "After considerable conversations with leaders across the university and public health experts, we plan to start the semester on January 25—as we announced in December and one week later than originally scheduled—with a mix of in-person, online and hybrid classes, and skipping spring break."

Read the latest from President Washington: https://buff.ly/3snt1br

More opportunities to learn online—the Mason Community Arts Academy Spring 2021 Classes registration is now open! 🎭 Each...
01/13/2021

More opportunities to learn online—the Mason Community Arts Academy Spring 2021 Classes registration is now open! 🎭 Each program offers unique opportunities for participants to build new skills in a fun and engaging environment.

Learn more: https://buff.ly/3iazEZO

ATTENTION ⚠️ The George Mason University School of Dance is offering both in-person and distance learning courses for Sp...
01/11/2021

ATTENTION ⚠️ The George Mason University School of Dance is offering both in-person and distance learning courses for Spring 2021—and you don't have to be a dance major to sign up!

Learn more from the shared post ⬇️

Dance with Us!
Not a dance major, but love to move? The School of Dance is thrilled to be able to offer both in-person and distance learning courses for Spring 2021. Our Dance courses fulfill either Global Understanding of Arts Mason Core.

Middle Eastern Dance - Bollywood - African - Modern/Contemporary Dance - Ballet - Hip-Hop - Dance Appreciation
https://catalog.gmu.edu/colleges-schools/visual-performing-arts/dance/#coursestext
See details in comment below (CRNs)

Looking for something to watch during the break? ❄️Binge our archived #MasonArtsAtHome events: https://buff.ly/2JyPNLW
01/04/2021

Looking for something to watch during the break? ❄️

Binge our archived #MasonArtsAtHome events: https://buff.ly/2JyPNLW

12/25/2020
Happy Holidays from Dean Davis

Happy holidays and best wishes for the New Year! 🎊

Reva and Sid Dewberry Family School of Music, George Mason University School of Dance, Mason Players, George Mason University School of Art, Film at Mason, Mason Game Design Program, George Mason University Arts Management Program, George Mason University's Center for the Arts, Hylton Performing Arts Center

We love it when CVPA students find their passion! 💓 Read about Carla McGinnis, an alumnae of the George Mason University...
12/23/2020

We love it when CVPA students find their passion! 💓

Read about Carla McGinnis, an alumnae of the George Mason University Arts Management Program, who now works for the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture: https://buff.ly/34vFdww

Happy Monday! Start off the week by enjoying a virtual exhibition courtesy of the George Mason University School of Art ...
12/21/2020

Happy Monday! Start off the week by enjoying a virtual exhibition courtesy of the George Mason University School of Art 🎨

The exhibit features 34 individual artists, with each page showcasing a personal project that brings together their ideas, skills, and talents.

View now: https://buff.ly/3oYIzzI

ICYMI→ Film at Mason Senior Jada Salter has a story to tell about her father: a three-time Grammy-winning composer and m...
12/19/2020

ICYMI→ Film at Mason Senior Jada Salter has a story to tell about her father: a three-time Grammy-winning composer and musician, and the writer of "Just the Two of Us."

Learn more: https://buff.ly/3aoqmHH

Congrats to our CVPA Graduates! 🎓Watch George Mason University's Celebration of the Entire Class of 2020 today, December...
12/17/2020

Congrats to our CVPA Graduates! 🎓

Watch George Mason University's Celebration of the Entire Class of 2020 today, December 17 at 2 p.m. ET live on GMU-TV: https://buff.ly/2WbkRUJ

12/14/2020
Arcadia - Promo Video

TOMORROW→ Sam Nester, creator of "Arcadia," will offer a concert of pieces inspired by the sounds being produced by the environmental public art installation 🌱

The December 15 performance will also feature The Brass Project, Izzy Gleicher on flute, Kirk Knuffke on cornet, Clara Warnaar on sound art/electronics, and Julius Schwing on guitar.

Witness this one-of-a-kind event: https://buff.ly/2K6xzS1

TODAY→ don't miss the Reva and Sid Dewberry Family School of Music's joyous virtual concert 🎁 It will showcase Mason's o...
12/12/2020

TODAY→ don't miss the Reva and Sid Dewberry Family School of Music's joyous virtual concert 🎁 It will showcase Mason's outstanding ensembles in traditional holiday favorites and festive new works performed by extraordinary student artists.

Tune in December 12 at 8 p.m. ET: https://buff.ly/3gGGK7u

REMINDER→ "Running To and Toward: A Dance Film by Hope Boykin" premieres tonight, December 10, at 7 p.m. ET!This film wa...
12/10/2020

REMINDER→ "Running To and Toward: A Dance Film by Hope Boykin" premieres tonight, December 10, at 7 p.m. ET!

This film was created as part of a guest artist residency that employed “Window Wall” projection technology, and it features 38 junior and senior dance majors.

RSVP now: https://buff.ly/3774KxL

ICYMI→ President Gregory Washington announced plans for the spring semester, which include a January 25 start, bringing ...
12/07/2020

ICYMI→ President Gregory Washington announced plans for the spring semester, which include a January 25 start, bringing more people back to campus, and increased surveillance testing.

Read the full message: https://buff.ly/3okpxmY

12/04/2020
Mason Players

HAPPENING TONIGHT→ a staged reading of "Alabaster," preceded by a conversation with the playwright Audrey Celafy, School of Theater Associate Professor Edward Gero, and student dramaturg Jarrod Clark.

Register NOW: https://buff.ly/2KWUKhL
(this digital performance is strictly available for 24 hours)

Mark your calendars for our FINAL production of the semester!

The Mason Players present a staged reading of Alabaster, directed by Rachel Sharp - A noted photographer sets out to explore the topography of “scars.” Her journey lands her in the mysterious realm of an undiscovered folk artist on a small farm in North Alabama. This intimate portrait explores the meaning and purpose of art and the struggle of the lost and tortured souls that seek to create it.

Premiering in ONE WEEK on December 4th!

(Edited by Mason Players Apprentice, Galilea Sejas)

The Mason Players are back on December 4 at 8 p.m. ET with a staged reading of "Alabaster"—written by Audrey Cefaly and ...
12/02/2020

The Mason Players are back on December 4 at 8 p.m. ET with a staged reading of "Alabaster"—written by Audrey Cefaly and directed by Rachel Sharp! 🦌

Register to receive email instructions on how to watch the digital performance: https://buff.ly/2KWUKhL (strictly available for 24 hours)

And don't miss a live, pre-performance conversation at 7:15 p.m. ET with the playwright, Mason School of Theater Associate Professor Edward Gero, and student dramaturg Jarrod Clark. Register at the link above for access.

INTRODUCING→ The Artist-Activist: Centering Black Voices Series, which will feature nationally renowned artists speaking...
11/30/2020
George Mason University to center Black voices in artist-activist conversations - DC Metro Theater Arts

INTRODUCING→ The Artist-Activist: Centering Black Voices Series, which will feature nationally renowned artists speaking in virtual conversations.

Learn more from DC Metro Theater Arts and join us for the next event on December 1, with choreographer and author Theresa Ruth Howard and anti-racist theater advocate Nicole Brewer: https://buff.ly/2VjT2Jm

#MasonArtsAtHome

#WeSeeYouWAT issues and demands reach into a university performing arts school.

11/25/2020
Thanks from Dean Davis

Dean Rick Davis shares a special message ahead of the holiday! 🦃

"We're here for each other and that is truly something for which to be thankful."

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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.

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We are the College of Visual and Performing Arts. We are a community of more than 2,000 students, faculty, and staff. We are seven academic units (on four campuses), two community academies, two performing arts centers, the nation's best pep band, and many galleries, theaters, and studios. Every one of us can play a vital role in this viral time. Our visual artists can show us how to find and reveal hidden beauty in chaos or opacity, following the sculptor’s wisdom that the shape’s within the stone. Our dancers can help us know what it is to balance and soar, first at a safely social distance and then, by design, joyously, together. Our singers and players can teach us how to breathe with purpose and passion, to resonate together in harmony. Our actors, who know that all the world’s a stage, can help us imagine what it’s like to be someone else; some call it empathy, they call it craft. Our filmmakers can show us how to frame an image for maximum meaning, and to make stories out of seemingly disconnected moments. Our game designers can lead us on quests through imaginary worlds to help us learn to navigate an ever-changing real one. Our arts managers can help us understand the long-range strategies, the value propositions, and the hidden calculations that make everything possible. Our academies can reach the youngest and the oldest among us, beginning and extending the artistic journey across the whole continuum of life. Our Green Machine can prove how people from all points of the human compass come together and make inspiration a contagion. Our venues will soon resound again with music, dance, and drama; our galleries will welcome back the curious whose eyes, minds, and hearts need nourishment; our studios and screening rooms will hum with the energy of invention. Absence will beget presence with renewed hunger, need, and urgency. In CVPA we say that the arts create community. This isolating moment challenges and inspires us to find new ways to make that promise true. And the mission has never been so vital.
Call for Submissions: International Symposium for Visual Culture & Exhibitions ISVC To whom it may concern, We are holding the International Symposium for Visual Culture in Washington D.C. in March 14, 2020 and would appreciate if you forward this information to your faculty members, students, and alumni. --- [Call for Submissions: International Symposium for Visual Culture & Exhibitions ISVC] Website: http://cicamuseum.com/isvc We invites artists, scholars, and researchers worldwide to participate in the International Symposium for Visual Culture. The community of artists, researchers and academics meets in the international symposium and participates in the exhibitions. *Categories & Keywords: -Modernism -Postmodernism -Globalism -Digital Culture and Social Media -Mass Culture -Critical Studies -Post-humanism -Originality, Authorship, and Copyright Issues -Feminist Studies on Visual Culture -Nationalism and Visual Culture -New Media Art -Consumer Culture -Digital Nomad -Environmental issues and Visual Culture [Symposium] International Symposium for Visual Culture (ISVS) 2020 and Pop-up Show & Performances, Washington D.C. The symposium will be held on March 14, 2020 in Washington D.C., USA. Every artist/researcher of an accepted proposal will be provided with an opportunity to discuss the merits of his or her contribution with peers. It is required that the presenter will register for the symposium and present or perform in a session. We are open to proposals for paper presentations, workshops, experimental sessions, as well as artistic performance. After the symposium, there will be a Pop-up Show & Performances on the evening of March 14, 2020. Artists and researchers can showcase their projects, portfolios, and do artistic/experimental performances. [Exhibition] “Visual Culture 2020” at CICA Museum The international exhibition “Visual Culture 2020” will be held from January 22 to February 9, 2020 at CICA Museum. Participation is optional. *Installation: Photographs & 2D Digital Art Selected works will be printed in 10×15 inches, framed, and installed by the museum curators & assistants. If requested by the artist, works can be printed and framed in larger sizes. Additional fees may apply. Video & Interactive Art The museum will provide projectors and DVD/DIVX players for the show. Multiple single-channel works will be screen through a projector. The museum curators & assistants will install your work(s) according to your installation guidelines. If the work is required to be screened through a projector exclusively, or more than two projectors/monitors are needed, please indicate the special requirements in the submission email. Additional fees may apply. Physical Work & Installation Art The artist is responsible for the shipment and delivery of his/her physical work to and from CICA Museum, as well as all related expenses. The two-dimensional work should be no larger than 39 inch (1 m) on the longest side, and the installation piece should be no larger than 39x39x79 inches (1 x 1 x 2 m, w x l x h). The work that needs to be mounted on the wall should not exceed 10 kg. Please indicate in the submission email if you are interested in exhibiting works exceeding the size/weight limit. * Participants of the exhibition at CICA Museum will be required to pay the show processing & maintenance fee: $60 (USD) per work. *Timeline: November 25, 2019 Extended Deadline for submissions October 29 – November 10, 2019 Approvals: Selected artists/researchers will be notified by email. January 22 – February 9, 2020 Exhibition “Visual Culture 2020” at CICA Museum March 14, 2020 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. ISVC Sessions, Washington D.C. March 14, 2020 4 a.m. – 7 p.m. ISVC Pop-up show & performances, Washington D.C. ***The schedule is subject to change. *How to submit your work: Please send us a proposal (a DOC or PDF file; up to 1200 words; may include max. 10 images and 3 video links) and a bio. Please email them to “[email protected].” Please write “Submission: Visual Culture 2020 – Presenter’s Name” in the subject line of your email. *Registration required at the time of the acceptance (more info: http://cicamuseum.com/isvc/registration/). We look forward to the participation of creative artists/researchers. If you have any questions, please visit our “Contact Us” page (http://cicamuseum.com/contact) and leave a message, and we will get back to you as soon as possible.
Auditions are THIS Saturday - contact us for a reservation time!