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GALLERY EXHIBIT OPENS: Georgian Artist BATU

November 6, 2003
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GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY
COLLEGE OF VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS
Presents
BATU: FUTURE VISIONS- PAST DREAMS
In the Concert Hall Gallery
November 10 – December 10, 2003


Fairfax, Virginia, October 21, 2003—Sculptor Batu, born in Soviet Georgia, now lives and works in Richmond, Virginia, where he teaches at Virginia Commonwealth University.
Batu’s Future Visions – Past Dreams, which includes figures in painted plaster, is on display at the Center for the Arts Concert Hall Gallery November 10 through December 10, 2003 under the auspices of the George Mason University College of Visual and Performing Arts Gallery Program. A reception is held on Thursday, November 20 with a talk by the artist beginning at 4:30 p.m. In the artist’s hands, traditional themes like the human anatomy are transformed into contemporary silhouettes.

Batu, trained as a sculptor of the "First Rank" in the prestigious Art Academies of the Soviet Union, is a recipient of a 2000 Governor’s Award for the Arts. After Batu and his family became permanent residents of the United States in 1994 he was recognized as an "Alien of Extraordinary Ability in the Arts." In 2002 he became a U.S. citizen. His work has been exhibited in the United States and Europe and his work resides in numerous museum and private collections.


The Johnson Center Gallery is located on the main level of the George W. Johnson Center in the heart of Mason’s Fairfax campus. The Fine Arts Gallery is located on the ground floor of the Fine Arts Building in room B104. Galleries are open Mon. through Thurs., from 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., Fridays 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 houses four academic departments: Art and Visual Technology, Dance, Music and Theater.