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August 13, 2008
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George Mason University Fine Arts Gallery

Sept. 2–27, 2008

Reception Thursday, Sept. 18 from 4:30-6 p.m.


FAIRFAX, Va., Aug. 13, 2008While many artists prefer to work from direct observation, Barry Nemett finds his images in memory passages from places that he has seen and remembered. In his current exhibition, “Language of Landscape: Works From Italy,” he paints and draws landscapes that are often composed of half a dozen panels with images based on a dozen or more sites from his travels.

“I draw or paint from life, but the places I portray do not exist, at least not all at once,” said Nemett, the chair of the painting department at Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore. “I make them up as I go.”

 “Language of Landscape: Works From Italy” will be on display at George Mason University’s Fine Arts Gallery from Sept. 2–27, with the opening reception on Thursday, September 18 from 4:30–6 p.m.

“[Nemett’s] images are drawn or painted as if he were standing in front of these vast panoramas of earth, sky, clouds and buildings, unveiling a universe which, though modeled through observation, is continually changing, in order to point the way toward true transformation,” said Walter Kravitz, director of the Fine Arts Gallery. “Like Wordsworth’s description of an original experience which stimulates the art process, but must be deferred to a more passive state of mind, as ‘emotion recollected in tranquility’ Nemett’s articulation of memory comes after the fact, contained and stored for future creative sustenance.”

Nemett studied at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, received his B.F.A. at the Pratt Institute and his M.F.A. at Yale University. He has received many awards, including The Hugh Fraser Foundation, Ford Foundation Grant and several Trustee Grants for Excellence in Teaching and the Maryland State Arts Council Individual Fellowship Grant. In addition to curating traveling exhibitions, Nemett has exhibited his work and served as a visiting artist and artist-in-residence at colleges, universities and museums across the United States, as well as in Japan, Italy, Spain, France, Scotland and Canada.  He is the author of "Images, Objects and Ideas: Viewing the Visual Arts" and the novel "Crooked Tracks," and has published articles in numerous arts journals. 


This event is FREE and open to the public. The gallery is open to the public on weekdays from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., and weekends by appointment. The Fine Arts Gallery is located on the Fairfax campus of George Mason University at the intersection of Braddock Road and Route 123. Paid parking is located in the deck adjacent to the mainstage Concert Hall.  Visit

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.

About George Mason University

George Mason University, located in the heart of Northern Virginia’s technology corridor near Washington, D.C., is an innovative, entrepreneurial institution with national distinction in a range of academic fields. With strong undergraduate and graduate degree programs in engineering, information technology, biotechnology and health care, Mason prepares its students to succeed in the work force and meet the needs of the region and the world. Mason professors conduct groundbreaking research in areas such as cancer, climate change, information technology and the biosciences, and Mason’s Center for the Arts brings world-renowned artists, musicians and actors to its stage. Its School of Law is recognized by U.S. News & World Report as one of the top 35 law schools in the United States.