Snow Day Artists’ Book Feature

Even though the University Libraries are closed January 24th and 25th, you can enjoy an Artists’ Book from the Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here DC 2016 exhibit here. Stay safe and we will see you at the exhibition opening on January 28th from 4:30 – 7:00 PM.


Hers: A primer of sorts, 2013 by Tia Blassingame

Artist’s Statement:

Hers: A primer of sorts is dedicated to the countless women for whom education and scholarship are restricted or forbidden. Despite lack of opportunity or access, threats of violence, and intimidation, these female readers gain strength and knowledge from the texts that they consume and alternately hide under clothing, farm or factory equipment, and kitchenware.

This idea of limits or restrictions on access to education, particularly for women, seems like an outmoded notion. Yet globally it persists. Contemporary women from various cultures and ages find refuge in books and often at risk to their own physical or emotional safety.

Detailing topography, language, population numbers, and other basic facts, the discarded pages from an outdated almanac serve as the book’s cover and the female protagonist’s cultural and physical landscape. Though covers depicting North America and Europe were not employed, this does not imply that obstacles to women in those regions are absent.

This primer mixes ornate letter forms to create patterns and screens, the main text is concealed and revealed just as a woman or girl in any country or community might hide a book or banned text.

Call and Response Class Visit

Fenwick Gallery Featured through The Library as Incubator Project

Jenna Rinalducci Interview

Erinn Batykefer recently interviewed George Mason University Art and Art History Librarian Jenna Rinalducci for The Library as Incubator Project. Read the interview here to learn more about the history and accomplishments of the Fenwick Gallery.

About The Library as Incubator Project:

The Library as Incubator Project was created by Erinn Batykefer, Laura Damon-Moore, and Christina Jones, and was inspired by a discussion about creative advocacy for libraries in one of their courses at the UW-Madison School of Library and Information Studies.

The Project highlights the ways that libraries and artists can work together, and works to strengthen these partnerships. At a time in which both libraries and arts organizations are often having to do more with less, it makes sense for these two parts of our culture to support each other. The Library as Incubator Project calls attention to one of the many reasons libraries are important to our communities and our culture, and provides a dynamic online forum for sharing ideas.

Digital Library Resources and E.A.T.

EATThe Fenwick Gallery and many library resources are on the move to the new building, but art and research are an ongoing activity at Mason during the transition. Julie Martin, Director of E.A.T.: Experiments in Art and Technology, gave a talk on Billy Klüver and the origins of E.A.T. at the School of Art on November 23rd. The talk coincides with the Mason Hall exhibit “The Story of E.A.T.: Experiments in Art and Technology by Billy Klüver” through January 8.

You can learn more about E.A.T. through the digital library resources, available during the move to the new building. We’ve curated together a list of articles that Mason Students can access with their Mason NetID no matter where they are. Don’t know how to login? Just ask a librarian.

Online Resources:
Visit the Exhibition:
The Story of E.A.T.: Experiments in Art and Technology by Billy Klüver

Mason Hall Alumni Gallery, Mason Hall
George Mason University
4400 University Drive
Fairfax, VA 22030
Phone: (703) 993-8950
Gallery Hours:
November 9, 2015 – January 8, 2016:
Monday – Saturday, 10a – 5p