REMIX – Alumni Exhibition 2016

Welcome to the School of Art Alumni Reunion BBQ on October 15!

The George Mason University School of Art cordially invites all graduates (undergraduate and graduate students) to join us for an intimate barbecue in the Sculpture Yard to celebrate Alumni Weekend. The weekend festivities will include a large art exhibition featuring recent alumni work—from painting, drawing, photography, graphic design, mixed media, and sculpture—at all three GMU campuses: Arlington, Fairfax, and Manassas. Over 70 artworks have been selected in this juried exhibition.

In celebration of this exhibition, School of Art graduates will host a barbecue where a select group of students, alumni, and faculty will present 5-minute lectures, similar to TED Talk series that are intended to be informal yet informative. These lectures will follow an exciting and fast paced format, all in an effort to keep energy and spirits high as means to celebrate the arts and culture. Experience a casual event filled with great food, fun, and music as well as a chance to speak with artists and mentors!

Many of our students and graduates have experienced great opportunities to showcase their work at various museums and galleries—both domestically and internationally. In doing so, they are excited to share their stories about their artistic concepts, experiences, and insights into the fine art world. Furthermore, our School of Art students and graduates will speak to how they enjoy including local and diverse communities. Highlights of their achievements include: showcasing techniques to children and high school students at Maker Faires, providing high-quality and personalized graphic design services to clients, conveying surrealism through fine art photography, collaborating with other artists at music festivals and storytelling venues, as well as incorporating military uniforms and creating artist-made paper and books with veterans.

We look forward to having you join us for an exciting time on Saturday, October 15 at 6 p.m. outside of the Art and Design Building in the Sculpture Yard. Please note that cost for the event is $25 advanced ticket purchase and $35 day of event. Proceeds go to benefit School of Art student scholarship funds.

To register and purchase a ticket click here.

Exhibitors include:

ray2Raymond Baccari, BFA Painting, 2014

Raymond graduated from George Mason University in 2014 with a BFA in painting. Over the course of his career, he has been involved with many other traditional mediums of art; which have converged into his mode of crafting work. He currently lives and works in Springfield, Virginia, where he is developing interactive work in both sculpture and installation. After graduation, he has established himself in a multifaceted gallery and art services career.


shannaShanna Carvell, BFA Printmaking, 2012 

A Washington, D.C. native, she takes printmaking as her primary medium using influences from around the world, through travel and direct one on one experience for humor, interconnectivity and faux pas. Starting as a children’s book illustrator before 2002, printmaking has lent itself be just as versatile as a developing narrative voice. Her early training began in Philadelphia at UARTS where she was introduced to street art, developing an eye for counter culture identities, and a life long passion for the humor and social commentary found in graffiti. This interest is reflected in her latest work, mixing humor, her fine art training and global social observation.

pat2Patrick Sargent, MFA Printmaking, 2016

Patrick is originally from Detroit, Michigan; Sargent joined the military at age 17; in late 2002 he retired from the Air Force and enrolled in a political science program at George Mason University. Toward the end of his studies, he signed up for an entry-level printmaking class to complete his education. Instead, it was the amazing beginning of an entirely new journey. Sargent earned his BFA in printmaking at George Mason University in 2012 and his MFA in printmaking in 2016. Sargent along with Thamm is co-founder of the GMU Printmakers Guild and Sargent-Thamm, LLC. He continues to explore papermaking and printmaking processes. Collaboratively, Sargent and Thamm have forged a friendship by creating prints that include both of their artistic voices.

asma2Asma Chaudhary, MFA AVT, 2013

Asma is a Pakistani-American artist who completed her MFA and BFA in Graphic Design and Journalism from George Mason University. Her artworks explore the duality of a domesticated homemaker by physically recreating the home environment while also paying homage to handicrafts made by village artisans in India and Pakistan through her use of vibrant colors and intricate techniques. Her sculptures, furniture pieces, artist-made books, photography, and performance-based work have been shown in several juried group and solo exhibitions throughout New York, Michigan, Illinois, Texas, Virginia, North Carolina, Tennessee, Maryland, Connecticut, and the Washington, D.C. area.

Rahshia Sawyer, MFA Photography, 2014 rahshia2

Rahshia is a conceptual photographer based in the Washington, D.C. area. She was the 2012 recipient of the Contemporary Talents Award from France’s François Schneider Foundation. Exhibited in the 2012 Inaugural Dublin Biennial, her photographs and installations have been included in numerous group shows in Canada, England, France, Ireland, Spain, and the United States. Her work is in the permanent collections of the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Foundation François Schneider, and Radford University Museum. More recently, she was a 2015 Trawick semi-finalist, a 2015 Finalist in the 8th edition of the Julia Margaret Cameron Award, and received an honorable mention at the 2015 Fine Art Photography Awards. Her current projects examine relationships between beauty and humanity and its balanced (or imbalanced) interaction between reality and fantasy.

makya2Makya Renee, MA Graphic Design, 2013

Mareta Creations’ graphic design services have flourished and grown since 2010. The business provides corporate design services, fine invitations, and photography services for events, families, and pets. In 2013, 2014, and 2015, Mareta Creations was selected as one of The Knot’s Best of Weddings Vendors. In 2013, after completing her Master’s in Graphic Design at George Mason University, Makya launched Graphic Snob, an apparel company for the graphic snob in all of us. Most recently, in 2014, Makya launched Cosmetic Snob, where she sells cosmetic products through her online Amazon Store.