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Artist in Residence/Friends of Art announced

October 13, 2006
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GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY’S
COLLEGE OF VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS
DEPARTMENT OF ART AND VISUAL TECHNOLOGY
Announces printmaker RENEE STOUT as first resident artist in the
FRIENDS OF ART and
NAVIGATION PRESS PROGRAM


Fairfax, Virginia, October 9, 2006—Navigation Press—George Mason’s Department of Art and Visual Technology’s (AVT) new master printmaking and publishing program’s initiative to annually invite prominent artists to make prints in collaboration with a team of printmaking faculty, and graduate and undergraduate students at George Mason University, kicks off with world-renowned Washington printmaker Renee Stout—its first 2006-2007 Professional Lecture Series Distinguished Visiting Artist, on campus as resident artist from October 23—27, 2006. In addition to hands-on collaborations, Ms. Stout speaks as part of Visual Voices, the Art and Visual Technology professional lecture series, on Thursday, October 26 at 7:30 p.m. in Mason’s Fine Arts Gallery: Fine Arts Building, Room B104 .
Over three decades, George Mason University’s Department of Art and Visual Technology (AVT) has established a national reputation in the fine arts. Annual lectures, exhibits, and workshops with national artists provide students with the chance to learn from contemporary masters. In 2006, the department launched Navigation Press: Prints, Books and Multiples, and Friends of Art, a membership opportunity for collecting the latest in contemporary art.
A Friends of Art membership offers a hand printed edition signed by the artist. Ms. Stout is assisted in the creation of the signed, printed limited edition by Susan Goldman, master printmaker and Mason faculty member. Opportunities for private social gatherings and dinners, demonstrations, and tours; and the satisfaction of supporting an educational process for Mason students also exist for Friends of Art. Individuals, businesses and organizations are all invited to join Friends of Art.
For more information on Friends of Art, please contact Harold Linton (hlinton@gmu.edu), AVT Division Chair; or Helen Frederick (hfrederi@gmu.edu), coordinator, Printmaking and Navigation Press Publications, Department of Art and Visual Technology, the College of Visual and Performing Arts, www.avt.gmu.edu.

Friends of Art and Navigation Press are a part of George Mason University’s College of Visual and Performing Arts’s Department of Art and Visual Technology. The College of Visual and Performing Arts exists to create an academic environment in which the arts may be considered both as individual disciplines and as interdisciplinary forms that strengthen each other. Believing that an education in the arts is deepened by regular contact with the work of distinguished visiting artists, the College draws on a variety of professional presenting and producing units where artists from across the country and around the world regularly perform, give master classes, work with students during extended residencies, and interact with the community in a variety of other ways. These programs at the Center for the Arts Concert Hall, TheaterSpace, Galleries, Harris Theater, and other venues, provide a diverse selection of challenging and entertaining cultural experiences for the University community, as well as Northern Virginia and the greater Washington, D.C. area. The College houses four academic departments: Art and Visual Technology, Dance, Music and Theater.