Call & Response 2019: Transmogrify

October 3 – November 9, 2019

Opening Reception and Panel Discussion:
Thursday, October 10, 1:30-4:00PM

About the Exhibit
Opening Reception and Events
Artists and Writers
Recommended Readings


Call & Response is an annual exhibit of collaborations between writers and visual artists, in which one calls and one responds. The result is a dynamic set of paired works of words and artistic media that resonate and speak to contemporary issues. The theme for the eleventh annual Call & Response is Transmogrify.

The term transmogrify means to change, but various dictionaries add “magically,” “utterly,” “surprisingly,” and even “in a grotesque manner.” This collaboration between writers and artists relies on a kind of metamorphosis, one in which a spark from the caller’s work is made apparent in a new form in the responder’s. How do we transform one another? How does one work surprisingly or even utterly, alter our view of another?

Call & Response is an ongoing partnership between the Mason School of Art, the English Department’s MFA program in Creative Writing and the University Libraries, and is presented in conjunction with the Fall for the Book festival. This exhibition is curated by Heather Green (Faculty, InterArts, School of Art), and Christopher Kardambikis (Faculty, Printmaking, School of Art), in collaboration with Stephanie Grimm (Art & Art History Librarian & Fenwick Gallery Manager) and Tanya Dieudonne (Fenwick Gallery Graduate Assistant).

Opening Reception and Events

Thursday, October 10

  • 1:30 P.M.: Panel Discussion with Artists and Writers
    Fenwick Library Main Reading Room (2001)
    Presented in partnership with the Fall for the Book Festival
  • 3:00 P.M.: Opening Reception in Fenwick Gallery
  • 5:30 P.M.: Afterparty / Sip & Draw
    Old Firestation No. 3, Old Town Fairfax

Fenwick Gallery is open during Fenwick Library business hours; see the library’s website at for the most accurate and up-to-date information.

Contributing Writers and Artists

(click to view full bios and statements)

Shane Chergosky + ANDiLAND Strange Lens + Lisa Desrochers-ShortSarah Dolan + Holly MasonKate Fitzpatrick + Kell PieperEmily Fussner + Lloyd Wallace
Jennifer Lillis + Caroline WeinrothJayne Matricardi + Ana PugatchMatt Nolan + Millie TullisAlexandria Petrassi + Anney BolgianoMike Walton + Martin Mitchell

Recommended Readings

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