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October 5, 2011
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Oct. 19 – Nov. 16, 2011

Reception: Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2011 at 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

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


FAIRFAX, Va., Oct. 5, 2011 – George Mason University’s School of Art is pleased to collaborate with Sichuan Normal University in China on an exchange of student and faculty works from each university that have been selected to be exhibited at both universities. “Traditional and New: A Print Exchange Between Sichuan Normal University and George Mason University School of Art” will be on exhibit from Oct. 19 to Nov. 16, 2011 in the Fine Art Gallery in the Art & Design Building on Mason’s Fairfax Campus. An opening reception will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2011 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The exhibition and reception are free and open to the public.

The exhibition was organized by Helen Frederick, professor in Mason’s School of Art and coordinator of its printmaking program; Shanshan Cui, assistant professor in Mason’s School of Art; and Shilou Xiang and Youli Zhang, professors at Sichuan Normal University. Xiang and Zhang will visit Mason’s Fairfax Campus this October, while Frederick will visit Sichuan, China in December.

“The print exchange between the universities showcases the strengths of craftsmanship, different thematic interests and cultural awareness of all of the participating students and artists,” Frederick said. “These differences will be enjoyed by both cultures and will certainly bring forth interesting discussions with the student population and public audiences who attend the exhibitions at both universities this fall.”

According to Frederick, Sichuan Normal University lies in an area where there is a strong Tibetan population and Xiang’s large-scale wood cut portraits portray faces of the Tibetan population. Other themes prevalent in the prints from China are landscapes, street scenes, geometric patterning and traditional fan shapes, along with contemporary abstractions. Many of the Chinese prints are relief prints and woodcuts.  The American collection reflects nature, the figure, metaphors and abstractions in more multi-color variations, responding to storytelling, popular culture and myth. Many of the American prints are screenprints with some etching and lithographs, artist-made paper and hand coloring.

Sichuan Normal University has gifted 34 prints that will be on display the Fine Art Gallery for the exhibition through Nov. 16 and will rotate to offices and other spaces on the Mason campus. Mason’s School of Art has also gifted 30 prints by undergraduate and graduate students, as well as those by Frederick and School of Art faculty members Susan Goldman and Fleming Jeffries, which will be exhibited at Sichuan Normal University and then held in its collection.


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