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
NAVIGATION PRESS VISITING ARTIST LECTURE
Thursday, April 4th, 7pm, School of Art, Room 1007
Mock Documentation: Beauvais Lyons, University of Tennessee Chancellor’s Professor, will provide a survey of work by contemporary artists who have mocked the authority of the academy, the museum, science, history and commerce. His talk will cover a great many disciplines (painting, prints, sculpture, ceramics, photography and design) and has a broad appeal for artists, academics and the general public.
Free and open to the public: please join us!
NAVIGATION PRESS/FRIENDS OF ART DISTINGUISHED ARTIST DINNER
WITH PROFESSOR BEAUVAIS LYONS
Friday, April 5, 2013
We are very pleased to host Professor Beauvais Lyons, University of Tennessee Chancellor’s Professor as our distinguished Navigation Press and Friends of Art visiting artist. Our upcoming Navigation Press/Friends of Art Distinguished Artist Dinner with Prof. Beauvais Lyons will be held April 5, 2013. Please enjoy reading about Beauvais Lyons in the following biographical information. You can find more information on his web site – http://web.utk.edu/~blyons/- or YouTube channel- http://www.youtube.com/user/ beauvaislyons.
Professor Lyons has accomplished major art commissions and is renowned as a wonderfully talented and humorous printmaker and graphic artist. He is the self-appointed Director of the Hokes Archives and has taught at UT since 1985. In 2011, he was awarded the title of Chancellor’s Professor at the University of Tennessee, and is also a James R. Cox Professor of Art (2011-2013). His one-person exhibitions have been presented at over 60 galleries and museums across the United States. He has published articles on his work in Archaeology, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Contemporary Impressions, The New Art Examiner, and Leonardo. His work is cited by Linda Hutcheon in Irony’s Edge: A Theory and Politics of Irony (1994) and by Lawrence Weschler in Mr. Wilson’s Cabinet of Wonder (1995). He also has works in the collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Smithsonian Museum of American Art, the Nelson-Atkins Museum, The Philadelphia Museum of Art, among others. He was awarded the Southeastern College Art Conference Award for Creative Achievement (1994), a Southern Art Federation/National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship (1988) and a Fulbright Fellowship to teach at the Council (1994-96), the largest printmaking organization in North America and as editor of their newsletter (1998-2002). He has also served as President of the UT Knoxville Faculty Senate (2003-2004) and as campus representative to the UT Faculty Council (2007-2010).
In his own words:
"For the past two decades I have created academic parody in a variety of mediums. For much of this time I fabricated and documented imaginary cultures. More recently I have been interested in biography, folk art, medicine and zoology. My lithographs are influenced by plates from old encyclopedias, the novellas of Jorge Luis Borges, 18th-century science, 19th-century printing, natural history museums, the travel writings of Christopher Underdown, mirrors and lenses, anthrospheres, wunderkammers, and various forms of neglected scholarship. I prize the vernacular history of art. I prefer the facsimile to the original, and the imaginary to the real. I believe history is a work of fiction."
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.
For more information contact Helen Frederick, Director of Navigation Press, Coordinator of Printmaking, and Professor of Art, School of Art and Design, Fairfax, VA.