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GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY'S SCHOOL OF ART PRESENTS "IN UNISON: 20 WASHINGTON, D.C. ARTISTS"
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George Mason University’s School of Art
“In Unison: 20 Washington, D.C. Artists”
Feb. 4-March 6, 2013
Opening Reception: Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013 from 6-8 p.m.
Mason Hall Atrium Gallery
Sponsored by Millennium Arts Salon
FAIRFAX, Va., Jan. 11, 2013 – “It was a party … there was food and music, but instead of dancing, we made art.” This statement by artist Renée Stout reflects what happened when a collection of Washington, D.C. area artists from diverse backgrounds and varied visual arts disciplines came together in George Mason University School of Art’s print studio to each create a series of monoprints. The School of Art will showcase their work in an exhibition called “In Unison: 20 Washington, D.C. Artists,” which will be on display in the Mason Hall Atrium Gallery on the Fairfax Campus from Feb. 4 through March 6. The gallery is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. There will be an opening reception on Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013 from 6-8 p.m. in the Mason Hall Atrium Gallery. This project is sponsored by Millennium Arts Salon, which has served the D.C. arts community for more than 11 years. This exhibition is dedicated to the memory of Tom Green, one of the artists whose work will be on display in the exhibition.
“In Unison: 20 Washington, D.C. Artists” is a collaboration of artists who vary greatly in terms of age, race and ethnic background, gender, professional experience and accomplishments, and artistic disciplines; painters, sculptors, digital media artists, installation artists and printmakers were all participants in the project. These artists each created five monoprints in George Mason University School of Art’s print studio from February to June 2010 and during the month of June 2011. Though they were exploring their individual artist expression through the printmaking process, the environment presented the opportunity for interaction among the artists and encouraged a sense of collaboration.
“[This exhibition] brings together artists who work through a variety of media and printmaking processes in a collaborative effort – a long part of the printmaking tradition – to explore the art of the monoprint while showcasing the energies and cross-fertilizations within the contemporary art environment of Washington D.C.,” said Walter Kravitz, gallery director for the School of Art, who was a participant in the project.
Selected works from the more than 100 monoprints created were initially shown at the Kreeger Museum and later at the Hillyer Art Space in Washington, D.C. in 2010. This will be the final exhibition of a three-year traveling tour managed by International Arts and Artists.
This exhibition is free and open to the public. Please visit soa.gmu.edu or call (703) 993-8898 for more information about George Mason University’s School of Art and the George Mason University Galleries.
This exhibition is dedicated to the memory of Tom Green.
Akili Ron Anderson
Sondra N. Arkin
Claudia Aziza Gibson-Hunter
Michael Platt and Carol A. Beane
About George Mason University’s School of Art
The School of Art is distinct in the way that it provides undergraduate, graduate and post-baccalaureate students a multidisciplinary curriculum and the necessary freedom to develop as artists, designers and scholars. At the same time, we strive for a level of rigor, investigation and cultural relevance that makes our school truly special. Our students translate the most complex ideas into tangible forms—paintings, sculptures, photography, prints, video, performances, books, installations, community projects and, more often than not, a combination of the above. Few schools in the United States provide such a broad range of possibilities.
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.