OFF the WALL 2016


George Mason University’s School of Art, Computer Game Design program and Film and Video Studies program Presents the Third Annual Off the Wall scholarship event

 This Benefit Event Features Hands-On Art Displays, Award-Winning Short Films, Interactive Video Games and App Demonstrations

FAIRFAX, Va., March 9, 2016 – George Mason University’s School of Art, Computer Game Design Program and Film and Video Studies Program presents the third annual Off the Wall benefit event on Saturday, April 16, 2016 from 5 to 8 p.m. in the Art and Design Building on Mason’s Fairfax Campus. Off the Wall brings the works of Mason students and faculty to life through an evening of art exhibitions, special interactive installations, live video shoots, computer gaming simulations, open studios, and a silent art auction, as well as sumptuous food and beverages. This highly anticipated event supports student scholarships and the visiting artists’ funds for the Computer Game Design Program, Film and Video Studies Program and School of Art at George Mason University.

This year, “Off the Wall” welcomes Siebren Versteeg as the School of Art’s Distinguished Visiting Artist from its Navigation Press Printing Program. Artsy Magazine named Versteeg as one of its “30 Artists to Watch” during the prestigious 2015 Frieze art fair. The magazine raves “Versteeg’s vibrant, painterly works are created with computer algorithms, which take images from the web and distort them into unrecognizable, abstract blurs. After the program has run its course, the images are printed on canvas and framed—acting as analog artifacts of the digital world.” His work has been exhibited at the Hirshhorn Museum, James Cohen Gallery, Bitforms, Rhona Hoffman Gallery, Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art, as well as numerous other national and international venues.

Students and faculty in disciplines of photography, printmaking and papermaking, sculpture, painting, graphic design, drawing, new media, game design, and film and video, showcase their skills through interactive exhibitions, installations and activities. A highlight from the School of Art is a “Paper Boat Making Workshop” complete with an indoor pool to sail creations at sea. The lighting studio will be active with an installation of props and costumes made entirely out of paper, inviting guests to don a costume and be photographed in a staged environment. Guests will also 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 documentary and fiction short films from current Film and Video Studies students and alumni will be screened and guests can experience #setlife working the camera and acting in a fun film shoot.

Off the Wall also features a silent auction of painting, photography, sculpture, and prints by distinguished regional artists and Mason faculty including: Shanna Carvel, courtesy of Turner Print Museum; Asma Chaudhary; Steven Durrow; Susan Eder & Craig Davis; Aaron Heinsman; Francie Hester, courtesy Kaller Fine Arts; Robin Kent; Steve Ludlum; James Aarons, William Dunlap, Nancy Genn, Peter Kitchell, and John Van Alstine, courtesy Artists Circle Fine Art; Linn Meyers, courtesy Sandra Gering Inc.; Martin Cervantez, Carol Martens, Phoebe Peterson, courtesy Workhouse Center for the Arts; Susan Stacks, courtesy of Adah Rose Gallery; Noelle Tan, courtesy Civilian Art Projects; Khalid Thompson, courtesy Agora Culture; Zopfie Lang and Mojdeh Rezaeipour, courtesy Olly Olly Gallery. In addition, original works by noted faculty and graduate students will be available for sale.

Ticket Information: Tickets are $60 per person and $25 for visual arts alumni from George Mason University’s School of Art, Computer Game Design and Film and Video Studies programs. For more information about Off the Wall or to purchase tickets, please visit or contact Susan Graziano at or (703) 993-4188. The Art and Design Building is located on Mason’s Fairfax Campus, 4400 University Drive, Fairfax, Va. 22030. Complimentary parking for this event 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, it strives for a level of rigor, investigation and cultural relevance that makes the school truly special. 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 and a graduate MA degree. 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.

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