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Peggy Feerick's Exhibition: Mysteries of the Golden Land
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GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY’S JOHNSON CENTER GALLERY
IS THE SETTING FOR "MYSTERIES OF THE GOLDEN LAND"
HIGHLIGHTING BURMA’S STARK AND EXOTIC BEAUTY
Artist talk and reception: April 10, 5:30-7:30PM
Fairfax, Virginia, March 4, 2003—Opening in George Mason University’s Johnson Center Gallery, in the heart of Mason’s Fairfax campus, on March 31, "Mysteries of the Golden Land" is a visually stimulating compilation of still images and video compiled by photographer Peggy Feerick during a recent journey to Burma (Myanmar). Feerick recorded her responses to the land and its people – a land suppressed by harsh militarism, yet unsurpassed in beauty; and a people grounded in their rich Buddhist tradition and ceremony. The exhibit includes "Tambadipa," ("Copper Land") a collaborative piece created with artist and sculptor Rebecca Kamen, who accompanied Feerick on her travels.
Peggy Feerick has taught photography for over 20 years at institutions including George Mason University, the University of New Mexico, the Smithsonian Institution, Georgetown University and others. The McLean, Virginia resident is active as an author, curator, lecturer and conference panelist. Ms. Feerick’s work is exhibited both in the D.C. area as well as nationally and is represented in private and public collections. Ms. Feerick’s recent receipt of the George Mason University Mathy Junior Faculty Award in the Arts and Humanities allowed her the opportunity to spend an entire semester working on the "Tambadipa" project. The Mathy Award is an endowed fund devoted to the support of junior faculty in the arts and humanities. Realizing that high quality scholarship in the arts is vital to a vibrant society, the fund was begun by long-time George Mason supporter Joseph Mathy. Winners are decided in committee, on a competitive basis.
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