Extended Image: The Allure of the Locale

Fenwick Gallery at George Mason University is pleased to host Extended Image: The Allure of the Locale, an exhibition of Mason student artists from the ‘Extended Image’ AVT Study Abroad program in Tuscany, Italy. The exhibition will run from August 1 – September 27, 2019, with an artists’ talk on Wednesday, September 11, at 2pm in Fenwick Library. 

Allure: a noun expressing a quality of a place and experience that has the presence to powerfully and mysteriously be attractive or fascinating. 

Locale: a place, environment, or setting where something special has happened; as a scene or setting in a story, play, or film.  

Works in The Allure of Locale were created by student artists participating in the Mason Study Abroad program in Tuscany, Italy in 2018. Their mission was to incorporate traditional and an experimental mixed-media approach to their art process, responding to the environment through their personal experiences. The resulting artworks are distinct, produced through varied practices including painting, photography, collage, printmaking, video, and 3D story-making. Their inspiration is a land renowned for its richness of art in both traditional and contemporary history, from the landscape of Tuscany, to Rome’s ancient wonders, to the 21st-century contemporary art museum, the MAXXI.  


The Allure of the Locale represents the visions of five artists, forming an individualized yet cohesive body of work: Lauren Patrizi Carpenter, Kime Howard, Michaela Japec, Rachel Quinn and Setareh Sabti. This exhibit was curated by Mary Del Popolo, Assistant Professor and Director of the Study Abroad Program in the Mason School of Art.

This exhibition was curated by Mary Del Popolo, Assistant Professor and Director of the Study Abroad program in the Mason School of Art.

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