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GMU'S SCHOOL OF ART PRESENTS D.C. AREA ARTIST MAGGIE MICHAEL'S "TATTOOS OF SHIPS," JAN. 16-FEB. 13

January 7, 2010
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GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY’S SCHOOL OF ART

 PRESENTS

“TATTOOS OF SHIPS”

BY MAGGIE MICHAEL

FINE ART GALLERY

Jan. 16-Feb. 13, 2010

Opening Reception: Wednesday, Jan. 20 from 6-8 p.m.

FAIRFAX, Va., Jan. 5, 2010 George Mason University’s School of Art brings Maggie Michael’s exhibition, “Tattoos of Ships,” to the Fine Art Gallery in the Art and Design Building on Mason’s Fairfax campus from Jan. 16 through Feb. 13. An opening reception will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 20 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Hailed by The Washington Post as “one of the best artists in town,” Michael is a young abstract artist whose works extend painting into the third dimension and are frequently referred to as “sculptural painting.” In her latest exhibition, Michael expands the role of the canvas with drawings and paintings embedded or “tattooed” into gallery walls, connected to each other as if each element in the work is part of a single massive mural. Paul Chaat Smith of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian described the pieces as “muralesque installation,” and said,  “murals tell stories and invite conversation. They are an institutional format, often funded by governments, and thus perfect for Washington.” Michael recently has begun to incorporate text, film, books, songs and other media into her work. The name “Tattoos of Ships” is a found phrase from a song, meant to signal a conceptual desire for journey as well as the trip home.

A recipient of the Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters and Sculptors Grant and a Young Artist Grant from the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities, Michael received a B.F.A. from the University of Wisconsin, an M.A. from San Francisco State University and an M.F.A. from American University. She was a resident artist in the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden’s Artist at Work Program in 2006-07. In 2008 Michael was awarded an Artist Research Fellowship at the Smithsonian and received the Trawick Prize from the Bethesda Contemporary Art Awards. Her work has been exhibited in solo and group shows at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, G Fine Art and the Arlington Arts Center in the Washington, D.C. area; and at galleries and museums in New York City, Los Angeles, Miami, Denver, Baltimore, Philadelphia and other cities throughout the United States.

About the Galleries

The Galleries are located on Mason’s Fairfax campus. The Johnson Center Gallery is located on the main level of the George W. Johnson Center in the heart of the campus. The School of Art Gallery is located on the ground floor of the Art and Design Building. The Mason Hall Alumni Atrium Gallery is on the ground floor of Mason Hall on Mason Pond Drive. Galleries are open Mon. through Fri. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., unless otherwise noted, and by appointment. The Concert Hall Gallery is open Tuesday – Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The Gallery Program is a division of Mason’s College of Visual and Performing Arts, home to the Center for the Arts. 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 is home to the Schools of Music, Dance and Art, the Department of Theater, as well as the Computer Game Design, Arts Management and Film and Video Studies programs.

About George Mason University
Named the #1 national university to watch in the 2009 rankings of U.S. News & World Report, George Mason University is an innovative, entrepreneurial institution with global distinction in a range of academic fields. Located in Northern Virginia near Washington, D.C., Mason provides students access to diverse cultural experiences and the most sought-after internships and employers in the country.  Mason offers strong undergraduate and graduate degree programs in engineering and information technology, organizational psychology, health care and visual and performing arts. With Mason professors conducting groundbreaking research in areas such as climate change, public policy and the biosciences, George Mason University is a leading example of the modern, public university.