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George Mason University’s School of Art and Computer Game Design and Film and Video Studies programs announce second annual Off the Wall benefit scholarship event

March 10, 2015
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George Mason University’s School of Art and Computer Game Design and Film and Video Studies programs

announce second annual Off the Wall benefit scholarship event

 

FAIRFAX, Va., March 10, 2015 – George Mason University’s School of Art and Computer Game Design and Film and Video Studies programs announce their second annual Off the Wall benefit scholarship event on Saturday, April 18, 2015 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Art and Design Building on Mason’s Fairfax Campus. This highly anticipated event supports student scholarships in the Computer Game Design program, Film and Video Studies program and School of Art at George Mason University.

Off the Wall provides a unique opportunity for the community to become fully engaged in the total arts experience of a major university’s visual arts programs. This exciting event features art exhibitions, a silent art auction, special interactive installations by faculty and students, live video shoots, computer gaming simulations and open studios, as well as sumptuous food and beverages. Off the Wall guests will interact with faculty, students and alumni from the School of Art and Computer Game Design and Film and Video Studies programs spanning the disciplines of photography, printmaking and papermaking, sculpture, painting, graphic design, drawing, new media, game design and film and video.

Students and faculty in various disciplines in the School of Art will offer interactive exhibitions, installations and activities such as “Print Promenade,” which combines music and dance with printmaking, papermaking and bookmaking; and an exhibition of the School of Art’s “Green Studio,” a space for work that combines ecology with art. Guests will have the opportunity to view and play student-developed games and apps in the Computer Game Design Program Arcade and learn about the cutting-edge game research and development work of the Virginia Serious Game Institute at Mason. Award-winning short documentary and fiction films from current Film and Video Studies students and alumni will be screened and guests can “guest star” in a live movie shoot. Guests will also have the opportunity to listen to stories and peruse books designed, written and illustrated by Masters of Art in Teaching students.  

Off the Wall will feature a silent auction of original works by distinguished regional artists and Mason faculty. Outside artists and galleries included in the silent auction include Joan Belmar, courtesy of the Adah Rose Gallery; Ito Briones, courtesy of the artist; Paula Crawford, courtesy of Long View Gallery; Frank Day, courtesy of Addison/Ripley Fine Art; Billy Friebele, courtesy of Paul So and Hamiltonian Gallery; Jason H. Green, courtesy of Artists Circle Fine Art; Francie Hester, courtesy of the artist; Jae Ko, courtesy of Marsha Mateyka Gallery; Workingman Collective, courtesy of Hemphill Fine Arts; and Elyn Zimmerman, courtesy of the artist. In addition, original works by noted faculty and graduate students will be for sale.

Tickets are $50 per person and $25 for visual arts alumni from George Mason University’s School of Art and Computer Game Design and Film and Video Studies programs. For more information about Off the Wall or to purchase tickets, please visit http://www.eventbrite.com/e/off-the-wall-2015-tickets-15210488982 or contact Susan Graziano at sglomb@gmu.edu or (703) 993-4188. The Art and Design Building is located on Mason’s Fairfax Campus, 4400 University Drive, Fairfax, Va. 22030. Complimentary parking will be available in the Shenandoah Parking Deck.

 

 

 

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 Computer Game Design Program at Mason

The Computer Game Design Program at Mason is one of the most transformational areas of study in higher education today. Students study both the sciences and the arts, all in a revolving-role team-based, project-based new pedagogical environment. The Computer Game Design Program hosts a BFA undergraduate degree, a graduate MA degree, several minors in sports management and business, and multiple international exchange partnerships. We also host the only U.S. Serious Game Institute (in partnership with the University of Coventry U.K.) that concentrates on game-related applied research and new innovative game company cultivation.

 

About Film and Video Studies at Mason

Film and Video Studies (FAVS) at George Mason University thoroughly prepares students for the creation, production and post-production of fiction, documentary and experimental styles of film and video and its parallel forms, including television, transmedia, mobile and web media through its interdisciplinary Bachelor of Arts degree. Graduates apply their skills on film sets, in corporate environments, or with community organizations with professionalism that is creative, entrepreneurial and adaptable.

 

About George Mason University

George Mason University is Virginia’s largest public research university. Located near Washington, D.C., Mason enrolls more than 33,000 students from 130 countries and all 50 states. Mason has grown rapidly over the past half-century and is recognized for its innovation and entrepreneurship, remarkable diversity and commitment to accessibility. Mason is also one of the best values in higher education, producing graduates who lead all Virginia schools with the highest annual salaries.