2004-2005 Exhibition Schedule
MFA Thesis Show: Amanda Davies
May 20 - June 3, 2005
MFA Thesis Show: Jenna McCracken
May 3, - May 13, 2005
MFA Thesis Show: Patrick Kelly
April 12 - April 22, 2005
MFA Thesis Show: Nick Moses
March 22 - April 1, 2005
MFA Thesis Show: Valentine N. Wolly
Two Worlds/Two Views
March 1 - March 11, 2005
September 15 - October 1, 2004
MFA Thesis Show: Sharon Murray
October 13 - October 22, 2004
The MFA thesis exhibition of Sharon Murray, Lost Light, reflects on a foggy afternoon
on the Oregon Coast. A chance photograph taken by the artist inspired these mostly ceramic
sculptures and wall pieces. Taken as a group these works explore forms as a poetic theme
on the nauture of recycling and continuity. They are intended to reach beyond representation
and allude to universal microcosm/macrocosm. Surfaces further the associations with some
pieces directly incorporating specific mages and bits of language to further explore the
themes presented. Lost Light is intended to give the viewers a glimpse of a mental
journey and to begin their own.
All Student Show
November 10 - November 24, 2004
MFA Thesis Show: Joe Hicks
December 8 - December 17, 2004
January 25 - February 18, 2005
2003-2004 Exhibition Schedule
MFA Thesis Show: Mary Coble
Asphyxiation of Genderfication
April 20 - April 30, 2004
"Gender" is the premise of this body of work: how people display gender and how
others perceive it. Not all people accept the dichotomous paradigm society has created.
Some individuals, by the simple act of living their lives in a way that feels natural,
eliminate an either/or way of understanding and classifying gender and break down the
boundaries that have been constructed. Others take a more activist approach and resist
fitting into a single category. The combination of these approaches, the variety of
ways in which people choose to express themselves, is what is needed to redefine gender,
to make it less rigid, more fluid.
This exhibition is both powerful and provocative. Coble employs a variety of artistic
methods to address these important issues, from a series of vivid color images that portray
drag king performances in several local clubs to a video component that depicts Coble
systematically applying duct tape to her breasts and tearing it off for approximately
one hour with a simultaneous video of a small audience watching. The purpose of the
work is not its mere shock value, but its ability to raise questions about society and
the assumptions and biases placed on people. Asphyxiation of Genderfication asks society
to rethink the concept of gender and allow for fluidity without boundaries.
MFA Thesis Show:
Caroline Danforth and Brenda Sylvia
March 31 - April 9, 2004
Fold, 2003, oil on panel by Caroline Danforth (left); Cliff Tree, 2003, oil on canvas by Brenda M. Sylvia
Painter Caroline Danforth's subject matter focuses on patterned, crumpled fabric, figure and landscape. She
paints on wooden panels or wooden boxes that protrude from the wall. Some figural paintings
involve observations of her anatomy, specifically her back. All paintings are small in scale so the
the highly controlled paint surface becomes identified with the picture plane. The landscapes
are based on sketches done at Sky Meadows State Park, located an hour west of DC.
A sense of place informs the landscape paintings of Brenda Sylvia. She says, "The act of painting
outside and experiencing nature. . . is an integral part of my work. Through my paintings, I want
to share with others my emotional response to a particular place." The paintings, such as one
entitled "Cliff Tree," 2003, encapsulate the artistic energy inspired by the beauty of nature.
MFA Thesis Show:
March 3 - March 12, 2004
Sculptor Carl Schoenberger uses humor as a tool for
communication. He describes a "Kiln God" as "a clay figurine placed inside a kiln to ensure good
firing." The installation of ceramic sculptures takes religion as its subject matter. Various
quirky aspects of Catholicism, Judaism, Buddhism, Hinduism, Shinto and New Age religions are
explored in a humorous way.
Interactivity is a key in such pieces as "The Dreidal of Las Vegas," "The Prayer Wheels," and
"The Wheel of Carma." Some pieces involve wordplay, both in English and in graphic elements
styled after foreign calligraphy. The choice of religion as a theme allowed for an abundance
of source material.
"The final piece in the exhibit will bring all but the most jaded to the state of nirvana,"
January 21- February 20
Interior Design Program Exhibition
3rd Annual Student Show
October 29 - November 26, 2003
2002-2003 Exhibition Schedule
Works of Fiction: Paintings by Brenda Barthell
June 18 - July 2, 2003
Brenda Barthell has been associated with GW's Art Therapy program for 20 years and will be retiring in June from her position as Assistant Professor and Assistant Director. This series of watercolor and mixed media paintings represents an intuitive process that invites previously unknown images to emerge. As an artist, Barthell's intention if to convey a mood and let a painting speak with as few works as possible. As an art therapist, her work has been influenced by one of the founders of the field, Elinor Ulman, who described the creation of art as "a means to discover both the self and the world, and to establish a relation between the two."
MFA Thesis Show IV: Finale
June 4 - 13, 2003
The fourth and final MFA Thesis show features product design by Ira Nasution, computer-generated design by Rachel Quirk, and graphic design by Carl Williams.
MFA Thesis Show III: Cuatro
May 6 - 23, 2003
"Cuatro," an exhibition of selected thesis works from four Master of Fine Arts (MFA) candidates: Visual communication by Joseph Jones, painting by Frederick Markham, ceramic mosaics by Akiko Nishijima and ceramic dinnerware by David Woodin.
MFA Thesis II: Mimesis
April 9 - 25, 2003
The second in series of MFA Thesis shows, featuring graphic design by John McGlasson, sculptural ceramics by Liz Duarte and Tim Wallace, and painting by Marguerite Whitley.
MFA Thesis I
March 12 - 28, 2003
Includes works by three Master of Fine Arts thesis candidates. Painting and Relief Prints by Karen Carruth, is a selection of unique paintings that address issues of transparency and color. Above and Below the Surface: Serigraphic Monoprints on Clay by Jacqueline Kierans explores texture and form using a mixed media approach to relief sculpture. Unboxing Package Design by James B. Hicks III, demonstrates ways three dimensional designs on paper can be cut and folded to become clever and effective packaging designs.
February 19 - 28, 2003
An exhibition featuring work in all media by GW Fine Arts Seniors.
Visual Communications Show
January 23 - February 7, 2003
The undergraduate program in visual communications provides students with a solid foundation in the basics of typography, layout and production. Exhibition works include graphic posters, advertising and promotional designs, editorial designs, and other displays of digital and commercial art. This is the first time the visual communications department has held a public exhibition of the works of seniors.
MFA Interior Design Show
December 11 - December 20, 2002
The first-ever exhibition of its kind, the Interior Design program presents graduate projects from FA 92, the culminating studio class where the students synthesize their education by pursuing a thesis project of interest to them. The projects range from interior designs for breezy Caribbean luxury suites in Puerto Rico and an adaptive re-use project in an old mill dating to the 19th century outside of Baltimore, to a new look for the staff cafeteria at the National Air and Space Museum, with a color scheme inspired by pictures from space of a nebula.
2nd Annual Student Show
October 29 - November 27, 2002
This exhibition features approximately 60 works in a variety of media, such as ceramics, design, drawing, photography, painting and printmaking by 40 artists. This exhibition offers an opportunity for talented GW students to display their accomplishments through their study of art.
Summer Ceramics, Some are Others
September 25 - October 18, 2002
GW Graduate students studying ceramics explore the aesthetic and technical demands of their medium and grapple with complex issues of artistic conception. The result is an excellent selection of paintings, and an array of ceramic art that deals with installation and architectural approaches to working in clay, mosaic design and application techniques, contemporary and traditional pottery forms, and mixed media. The works reflect the diverse styles and backgrounds of the students involved.
2001-2002 Exhibition Schedule
A Four Person Exhibit
May1 - May 19, 2002
Nina Chung Dwyer is a painting student in GW's M.F.A
program. Her thesis paintings focus on formalistic elements of contrast,
color, pattern, positive/negative space, and how those elements are
expressed in still-life painting. The paintings breakdown a commonplace
set of images to reveal the underlying structure of abstract forms
Iman Al Kawari is a visual communications major working on "Cross-Cultural Calligrams." One aspect of her thesis discusses and illustrates the significant influence Islamic art, specifically Arabic Calligraphy, has on "Art Nouveau," a famous European art movement. A calligram means a word, phrase or sentence written in a particular form.
Brandon Andrusic addresses the concrete world through photography and presents these photographic images on surfaces from 1950s automobiles. His project consists of a hood, trunk lid, front quarter panel, rear quarter panel and a seat. The pieces are freestanding elements mounted on bases and are arranged in space that simulates the entire vehicle.
Jenilyn Johnson-Roman, a native of Maine, addresses the concrete world through terracotta sculptures. These sculptures of androgynous human figures, varying in size from several inches to several feet, are assembled in groups and often crowded onto small pedestals. Her work, titled "Crowd Compositions," features 25 small figures and three large figures. Johnson-Roman's design method is based on what she calls a "field event." A concentration of color and texture compositions. By standardizing the bodies, although they seem to have individual personalities, the theme reinforces the visual effect of crowds of people.
Soul of the West
April 24 - April 26, 2002
In conjunction with Lisner Auditorium's "Soul of the West" music event, the Dimock Gallery presents a series of images from photographer Kathleen Jo Ryan. Her photographic illustrations of rolling hills, canyons, and cowboy boot spurs reveals an evident passion for the West. A celebration of wide-open spaces is marked by the inclusion of Dry Prong, Louisiana, a prized white water rafting locale, noted in her book, Writing Down the River. This book takes the accounts and feelings of 15 women as they rafted through the rough waters. Photographer, Kathleen Jo Ryan, portrays the beauty of the landscape in more than 100 color photos found in this book.
Calm and Chaos: Works by Reem Bassous and Jody Biggers
April 10 - April 15, 2002
The starting point of Reem Bassous's paintings is her fascination with the expressive face. Unable to work with a model at all times, Reem uses her own portrait as a means to achieve a more solid depiction of expression. She says her intention is to take the portraits a step further and break free from form introducing her own way of observing the face and it's expressions.
The inspiration behind Jody Bigger's body of work is the recognition of design in nature and an emphasis on shape, color, and form. The taking of 8 to 12 images with a digital camera creates many of her Panoramas; she arranges a composition by "stitching" the images together in Adobe PhotoShop. By taking 100-degree to 280-degrees of a point of view, Biggers creates a new visual dimension on a two-dimensional format.
The Ceramics of Nahed Turkestani
March 27 - April 5, 2002
Nahed Mohammed Turkestani is completing her Master of Fine Arts thesis and in the process is exhibiting a collection of her ceramic oeuvre. Turkestani has a lifelong interest in Jeddah- its lifestyle, geography, and old architecture. Located on the Red Sea, Jeddah is one of the oldest Saudi Arabian cities.
Turkestani's thesis is a series of ceramic works inspired by observations of the aesthetics of old Jeddah neighborhoods that reflects its culture, society, and weather. The coastline and the waves of the Red Sea, with sailing boats upon it, are evoked in the three-dimensional sculptures derived from sea forms. In addition, she ahs experimented with silk-screened decorative images on the clay surface in plaques and in wall pieces. Working with clay, in both carving and additive manners, she produced a variety of relief panels and sculptures.
The Soul of Andalucia
January 24 - February 8, 2002
Internationally acclaimed photographer Daniel Aubry has been lovingly documenting Andalucia for decades. He has published two photo books and produced several videos on Spainšs most visited tourist area. But trying to condense a region's "soul" in a dozen or so photographs, especially with thousands of images to choose from, was a particularly challenging task. "I opted to go for the cliche," says Aubry, "but, hopefully, the cliche with a twist! It would have been pointless, for instance, to ignore Flamenco, just because that's the image that Americans have of the region!" The grouping of images attempts to reflect what Aubry considers to be the Andalusian ethos: "Play hard, Drink deep. Live life to the hilt. And if you've got some time left over, by all means, work hard as well!"
At the behest of TURISMO ANDALUCIA Aubry recently visited the Royal Andalusian School of Equestrian Art in Jerez, which he first photographed in 1986, to create new images specifically for that exhibition. This is an ongoing project which he initiated in 1986 and which includes Aubry's iconic image: CABRIOLA, in which horse and rider appear to be flying as one against an azure sky. Another classic image from that period is Aubry's photo of Ruisenor, Alvaro Domecq's snow-white stallion, standing haughtily in the archway of a 13th century mosque in Jerez. It took forever to get the highly skittish thoroughbred quieted down long enough to get one or two exposures. But the resulting image speaks volumes about the crucial role of the horse in Spanish history.
Goya's "Los Caprichos"
December 7, 2000 - February 9, 2001
Goya's enigmatic "Los Caprichos" includes scenes of witchcraft, misery and human depravation, condemns superstitions and denounces the decadence of the Church, the corruption of the Monarchy and the brutality of the uneducated. This series of "Los Caprichos," which includes 80 prints that combine etching, engraving and aquatint, has never been exhibited in the Washington, D.C. area in its entirety. The series is on loan from the Diputacion General de Zaragoza, Spain. The Dimock Gallery will be its only showcase in the United States.
Annual Awards Show
November 2 - 21, 2000
This exhibition showcases works by undergraduate and graduate fine arts students in GW's department of fine Arts and Art History. The exhibition highlights programs of the department and includes a wide range of media, such as, ceramics, design, drawing, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture and visual communications.
A Look Backward, A Look Forward: Selections from the George Washington University Permanent Collection
September 7 - October 25, 2000
In portraying the history of loans from the Permanent Collection in the past twenty years, selected art objects demonstrate the educational role of the Dimock Gallery and the Permanent Collection. Major works from the GW Collection will be examined anew through their meaning as a documentation of the Dimock Gallery's role in many major loan exhibitions. The exhibit includes works relating to George Washington and other presidents, works by famous regional artists and new acquisitions.