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GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY'S SCHOOL OF ART HOSTS INTERNATIONAL VIDEO EXHIBITION FROM AUG. 29-SEPT. 21

August 12, 2011
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GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY’S SCHOOL OF ART

HOSTS

AN INTERNATIONAL VIDEO EXHIBITION

FEATURING VIDEOS FROM THE BIENNIAL OF VIDEO ART

Aug. 29 through Sept. 21, 2011

Reception: Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2011 at 6 to 8 p.m.

Fine Art Gallery, Art & Design Building, George Mason University’s Fairfax Campus


FAIRFAX, Va., Aug. 12, 2011 – George Mason University’s School of Art presents an International Video Exhibition, featuring videos from the Biennial of Video Art and a collection of videos by graduate students and faculty from Poland.

The Biennial of Video Art, an event organized by the Inter-American Development Bank’s Cultural Center, supports the use of video technology for creative purposes among artists from Latin America and the Caribbean. During 2011, the Biennial is celebrating its first decade of existence. As part of the celebration, George Mason University’s Fine Art Gallery will screen selected videos from the past five Biennials. The subject matter is varied from purely experimental to candid observations on life.

The collection of Polish videos comes from one of the most prominent art schools in Central Europe, the Poznan Akademia Sztuk Pieknych (Academy of Fine Arts) in Poznan, Poland. Three distinguished art professors and three up-and-coming graduate student artists will represent cutting-edge examples of Polish video art. Witty and ironic, they play with the word-image correspondences, juxtapose innocence with cruelty, low and high culture and poke fun at racial stereotypes in that part of the world.

The International Video Exhibition will be held at the Fine Art Gallery in the Art & Design Building on George Mason University’s Fairfax Campus from Aug. 29 through Sept. 21, and is FREE and open to the public. There will be an opening reception on Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2011 from 6 to 8 p.m. The Fine Art Gallery is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and other times by appointment.


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 Fine Art Gallery is located on the ground floor of the Art and Design Building. The Mason Hall Gallery is on the ground floor of Mason Hall on Mason Pond Drive. Galleries are open Monday through Friday, 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

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. George Mason University – Where Innovation Is Tradition.