Ben Ashworth – Finding A Line

Verbal/Visual 2016 features artwork by graduating MFA students from Mason’s School of Art. Documentation of Finding a Line by Ben Ashworth is included in the exhibit. Ben collaborated with The Kennedy Center and Jason Moran to create a week long event combining skateboarding, jazz and community involvement. In Ben’s words, “If we create a space where a community of many different disciplines can converge, we can all bring new ideas into form together.” Learn more about this ongoing project by searching #findingaline on social media and watch video documentation of the Kennedy Center Event below.

Temporary move for Locale

To make way for the Collections of Distinction exhibit from Special Collection Research Center, the Locale exhibit has temporarily moved to the hallway of the new addition on the first floor. Unfortunately, Mark Kelner’s piece So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past (50 copies of “The Great Gatsby” re-pulped, ink pigmented with graphite from the series, “Signs and Wonders”) had to be temporarily removed due to the fragility of the material and narrowness of the hallway. We will reinstall the exhibit in the Fenwick Gallery on Monday, April 4. Images of the new location can be seen below. You can visit the exhibit page for more information.

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Almanacs at Fenwick Library


The District Almanac, 2012, Call Number N7433.4.B36 D57 2012, Fenwick Special Collections, Marginalia Press – Christy Ball, Marjorie Devereux, Li Pallas, Jennaway Pearson, Sydney Reisen, Maria San Martin, and Whitney Stahl, Woodcut, letterpress, linocuts, screenprint, lithography

The current Fenwick Gallery exhibit, Locale, features an artists’ book responding to Washington DC using the structure of the Farmer’s Almanac. The District Almanac by Marginalia Press is the work of Christy Ball, Marjorie Devereux, Li Pallas, Jennaway Pearson, Sydney Reisen, Maria San Martin, and Whitney Stahl and is “a response to noticeable shifts in human, animal, and plant cycles in our adopted habitat of Washington D.C. using data collected by personal exploration of our surroundings.” The book includes practical advice and information such as bulb planting guides, a Metro timetable and maps of public housing and sewage overflow.


Western Farmer’s Almanac, Call Number AY181.L8 W47, Fenwick Special Collections

Fenwick Library Special Collections holds a copy of the Western Farmer’s Almanac, the starting point for the Artists’ research. The book is available for viewing in the new Special Collections reading and research room for the curious library patron. Visit the gallery to see The District Almanac and then make your way up to the second floor to Special Collections to flip through the Farmer’s Almanac from 1847.


Western Farmer’s Almanac


The District Almanac


Western Farmer’s Almanac


The District Almanac


The District Almanac

Learn more about Hidden Treasures in Special Collections and Archives here.