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Art Student Set to Send ‘Transformative’ Project Up in Flames on Mason Pond


By Buzz McClain Michael Verdon is creating a 20-foot handcrafted pagoda, which becomes a canvas for the people’s stories of remembrance, loss and healing. At 8:30pm on May 8, those stories and struggles will be let go as the structure transforms into ash. It’s called “The Temple of Transformance,” and it will burn as it […]

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Photography Class Lands Student’s Book in Library of Congress


By Jamie Rogers George Mason University’s School of Art student Thitipuk Teeratrakul created a book as part of an assignment for her documentary photography class.  Friends and professors know her as Looksorn, is a senior majoring in photography in Mason’s School of Art.  She wanted to do something related to her Thai heritage for the […]

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Art for a Cause: New Gallery Draws on Experiential Learning and Fund-raising Opportunities


By Sudha Kamath A new three-floor, rotating art exhibit in downtown Fairfax, Va., shines a spotlight on the artwork of George Mason University students, while serving as an example of teamwork among George Mason student leaders, colleges and one of the Washington, D.C., area’s largest real estate companies. “Mason Van Art On Main” is the […]

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No Bones About It: Student Combines Interest in Art and Science with Fossil Displays


By Michele McDonald Like many kids, George Mason University student and artist R. Adam Renner was into dinosaurs. But it wasn’t until he came to George Mason that he discovered he could combine his love for fossils with a career in art. The Art and Visual Technology student earned a minor in paleontology in the […]

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R. Adam Renner at Exploratory Hall with displays he helped design. Photo by Laura Bingham
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Don Russell, New University Curator


The School of Art welcomes Don Russell as our new University Curator and Gallery Director. Some of his goals are to bring a larger vision to the University Curator position, create alliances with other departments, and bring in visiting artists.

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Mason Artists’ Sculpture Featured in New Plaza at Tysons Corner


By Jamie Rogers The newest phase of Tysons Corner Center in Fairfax County is for the birds, thanks to a trio of talented George Mason University artists. Peter Winant, the director of the School of Art, and Tom Ashcraft, the lead professor of the school’s sculpture program, along with their undergraduate assistant, the appropriately named […]

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Graduate & Alumni Spotlight

Graduate Student’s New Motherhood Inspires Art

By Jamie Rogers As her newborn baby sleeps soundly in her bassinet, visual art student Sarah Irvin works quietly and quickly with her paintbrush, gently making vertical watercolor strokes across white paper.  “The little tally marks [are] a way to count the time while she’s napping.  It’s therapeutic,” said Irvin, who is working toward a […]

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Faculty Spotlight

Helen Frederick takes up residency at Chautauqua Art Institute

Helen Frederick, Professor in Printmaking and Graduate Studies is featured in an exhibition and will be in residence/teaching at the Chautauqua Art Institute, NY this July: Politics in Art: From Warhol and Rauschenberg to the Present Day June 28 – August 24, 2015 In conjunction with Chautauqua’s theme week on ‘Art and Politics’ VACI Artistic […]