Friends of Art & Navigation Press

Friends of Art is a membership organization for individuals and businesses in the Northern Virginia and metropolitan region that supports the mission of the School of Art by providing service and financial support for student scholarships and special programs aimed at student and faculty enrichment.

  • We welcome YOU to join the FRIENDS OF ART to receive a major print each year.

    FRIENDS OF ART members enjoy:

    *Private time with the resident artist of the year

    *Owning a valuable print by a contemporary master artist

    *Social events with other “Friends”

    *Enjoying a lecture by the artist

    *The recognition and rewards of supporting a major contemporary art printmaking program

    For more information, please contact Harold Linton, Director, Friends of Art at or Helen Frederick, Director, Navigation Press at


In 2006 as part of the newly formed FRIENDS OF ART, a master printmaking program Navigation Press: Prints, Books and Multiples was established. Every year at George Mason University Navigation Press, Prints, Books and Multiples,brings artists with national and international reputation to work directly with our students and master printer, Susan Goldman, in the creation of an original edition of prints. Visiting residents artists over the past five years have included Renee Stout, Bill Dunlap, Karen Kunc, William Wiley and Enrique Chagoya. The Friends of Art at George Mason University have generously supported this residency series affording Mason the opportunity to present lectures, exhibits, and workshops so that students and public audiences have had the chance to learn from contemporary masters who play a substantial role in the art world..

In 2011 Wendy Ross, nationally recognized sculptor and public works artist, will create a print based on her interest in nature, science and repetitive patterns. Ross who has a studio in Bethesda, MD also works in every summer in her second studio in the Northwest, gathering imagery from her trip across the plains as she migrates from East to West. Ross will begin her residency on Monday, November 14, 2011 working in the print studio through Friday November 18, 2011. She will present a lecture for the Visual Voices lecture series on Thursday, November 17 in the Harris Theater at 7:30pm.

As master printmaking and publishing program Navigation Press: was established so a collection of prints could be founded along with the excitement of the residencies. The team of printmaking faculty, graduate and undergraduate students at George Mason University who enjoy this program, go on with their careers, knowing the details of a print publishing program, including aspects of the print world that include identifying and collecting prints, museum acquisitions, curatorial, educational and other programming.

Navigation Press was pleased to exhibit its collection of prints in “Coloring Our World” In the Eleanor D. Wilson Museum at Hollins University, Roanoke, VA February to April 2011. Students in the Navigation Press program will also exhibit their work in the international exchange exhibition TRADITIONAL AND NEW:
A Print Exchange between Sichuan Normal University and George Mason University, from December to January 2012, Sichuan, China. Students in the program also assisted in making prints with 20 regional artists for IN UNISON, 20 Washington DC Artists that was exhibited at the Kreeger Museum, January to February 2011. Other exhibition opportunities are in progress.

The Navigation Press program showcase the remarkable flexibility of the printmaking medium and the innovative partnership between, artists, students and working presses.

To see photographs documenting the William Wiley visit, click here.
For photographs of the Enrique Chagoya visit, click here.

For more information contact Helen Frederick, Director of Navigation Press, Coordinator of Printmaking, and Professor of Art, School of Art and Design, Fairfax, VA.