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DiSC Research Connections: Text Mining

Thu, 10/10/2019 - 11:41

Join us for a DiSC Research Connections presentation on “Text Mining Digital Humanities Blogs with APIs, OpenRefine, and R” on Tuesday, October 29, 3-4 p.m., in Fenwick 2001. This session will be led by Laura Crossley, PhD student, Department of History and Art History.

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Libraries celebrates annual Fall for the Book festival

Mon, 10/07/2019 - 10:15

The Libraries is once again collaborating with the annual Fall for the Book Festival on a number of activities and events. In particular, the Libraries is pleased to be a sponsor of Fall for the Book headliner and 2019 Mason Reads author, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, who will discuss Why We Should All Be Feminists on Friday, October 11 at 12:30pm in the Center for the Arts. Fall for the Book will take place this week, October 10-12, 2019.

In conjunction with the festival, the Libraries’ Fenwick Gallery will present Call & Response: Transmogrify, an exhibition running through November 9, with a special artists talk on Thursday, October 10 at 1:30pm in Fenwick 2001 and a reception following at 3pm in Fenwick Gallery. Call & Response (an ongoing partnership between the School of Art, the Creative Writing program, and the Libraries) 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.

On Friday, October 11, the Libraries will celebrate with a special Fall for the Book edition of the Edible Book Festival. Stop by Fenwick 1014 to vote for your favorite edible creations (11am-12:30pm) and be sure to come back for the award announcements and tasting (12:30-2pm)!

The Creative Writing Program’s Visiting Writers Series, hosted by the Libraries, also continues this week, with three authors as part of the festival:

  • Bella Pollen at 6 p.m. on Thursday, October 10 in Fenwick 2001 – Journalist, novelist, and memoirist Bella Pollen will discuss her recent Meet Me in the In-Between, an illustrated memoir.
  • Cole Swensen at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 10 in Fenwick 2001 – Poet Cole Swensen, author of 17 collections of poetry, will discuss her recent On Walking On.
  • R.O. Kwon at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, October 11 in Fenwick 2001 – Kwon, author of The Incendiaries, named a best book of the year by over forty publications will discuss “Cult, Faith, and Complicated Love.”

On Saturday, October 12 at 12pm in Harris Theater, the Libraries’ Special Collections Research Center (SCRC), in partnership with the College of Visual and Performing Arts, will host a concert and celebration of the 20th anniversary of Kid Pan Alley and honor the donation of the Kid Pan Alley and Paul Reisler archives of thousands of songs and instrumental compositions to the Mason Libraries.

About the 2019 Fall for the Book Festival: This year Fall for the Book will welcome an esteemed lineup of poets, historians, novelists, memoirists, children’s authors, YA writers and more at George Mason University and locations around Northern Virginia. Headliners include essayist and novelist, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, novelist and YA author Rainbow Rowell, novelist Delia Owens, and true crime writer, David Grann. Other featured writers are David Wallace-Wells presenting the Beck Environmental Lecture, Governor Terry McAuliffe, Senator Janet Howell, novelist R.O. Kwon, true crime writer Sarah Weinman, and poets, Cole Swensen, Yona Harvey, Amaud Jamaul Johnson and Brian Teare. Fall for the Book festival, which runs from October 10-12, 2019, is partnering with the City of Fairfax’s Fall Festival on Saturday, October 12 to bring a day of literary and artistic events to audiences of all ages. Literary Death Match, a fun, fast-paced literary game show will close the festival on Saturday evening. Fall for the Book is also proud to host the second annual award ceremony for its post-publication book prize for immigrant writers: The Institute for Immigration Research New American Voices Award, judged by Reyna Grande, Alia Malek, and E.C. Osondu. The three finalists, who will appear at the festival, will be announced this summer.

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Opening Reception for “A War of Contradictions: The Vietnam Conflict, 1945-1975”

Wed, 10/02/2019 - 17:56

Join the Libraries for a reception and discussion of “A War of Contradictions: The Vietnam Conflict, 1945-1975,” our Special Collection Research Center’s current exhibit. The discussion, led by Dr. Meredith Lair, Associate Professor, History and Art History, will take place on Tuesday, October 22, from 2-3:30 p.m. in the SCRC Seminar Room (Fenwick Library Room 2400). Light refreshments will be served.

Dr. Lair’s work examines warfare and its relationship to American society and culture, with particular emphasis on how knowledge and memories of the past are constructed and disseminated over time. She is the author of Armed with Abundance: Consumerism and Soldiering in the Vietnam War, which examines the non-combat experiences of American soldiers in Vietnam. She finds that the US military relied heavily on consumerism and material abundance to maintain soldier morale, a phenomenon that continues to the present day. Her research on this topic continues, especially the role that culture can play as an instrument of war. Her current projects examine Vietnam War soldier photography and legacies of the Vietnam War, in particular how ideas about veteranhood have been constructed and changed over time. Professor Lair also developed content and wrote the exhibit script for the New Jersey Vietnam Veterans Memorial Foundation’s Vietnam Era Educational Center, the first permanent museum about the Vietnam War in the United States.

Professor Lair’s teaching interests include war and American society, post-1945 US social and cultural history, the Vietnam War, and historical methods. She also serves as director of Mason’s Interdisciplinary Studies (MAIS) Master’s program.

About the Exhibit: “It became necessary to destroy the town in order to save it.” This quote, attributed to a U.S. Army officer in February 1968, illustrates the contradictions inherent in the Vietnam Conflict. Seen by some as a noble fight to stop Communism and help a developing country establish democracy, and others as interference in a war of national liberation and a destructive waste of money and human life, Vietnam remains one of the more polarizing topics of the twentieth century. This was evident in the words, actions and writings of politicians, journalists, authors, clergy, and others. The conflict, which spanned 30 years, from September 1945 to May 1975, was responsible for 1.5 million to 3.5 million civilian and military deaths. One of the major flash points of the Cold War, Vietnam was, and still is, a subject about which many have differing opinions.

This exhibit, curated by Bob Vay, SCRC’s Digital Collections and Exhibition Archivist, features items from Special Collections Research Center’s Rare Books, University Archives, and manuscript collections.  

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Call & Response: Transmogrify

Wed, 10/02/2019 - 09:29

Fenwick Gallery at George Mason University is pleased to host Call & Response: Transmogrify. The exhibition will run from October 3 through November 9, 2019. A panel discussion with the artists and writers will be held on Thursday, October 10 at 1:30 p.m. in Fenwick Library 2001, with a reception following in Fenwick Gallery beginning at 3:00 p.m.

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 annual Fall for the Book festival. The 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).

For more information on this exhibition at Fenwick Gallery, visit or contact Stephanie Grimm (Art and Art History Librarian) at For general inquiries about the University Libraries or George Mason University, contact Jessica Clark (Development and Communications Officer) at 

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Celebrate Archives Month

Mon, 09/30/2019 - 16:49

October is Archives Month, and our Special Collections Research Center (SCRC) has multiple opportunities for you to learn and celebrate with them.

Archives Month Information Session, Wednesday, October 2, 1-4pm, Johnson Center, Kiosk C: Stop by and chat with someone from the Libraries’ Special Collections Research Center about archives and special collections. SCRC will be available to answer any questions you have about archives – or research – and how we can help. We will also have general information about our collections with particular research value.

Archives Fair, Wednesday, October 9, 2-4pm, Fenwick 2001: Come and speak to various local archival repositories about their collections, historical resources, and potential internships. Participating organizations, in addition to SCRC, include: Virginia Room (Fairfax County Public Library), Fairfax Circuit Court Historical Records Center, Thomas Balch Library, Local History and Special Collections (Alexandria Library), Truban Archives (Shenandoah County Library), Center for Local History (Arlington Public Library), Louise Archer Elementary School Archives and Historic Vienna, Inc., Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference (REMIX), Virginia Commonwealth University Special Collections and Archives. 

Archives Month Open House, Thursday, October 31, 12-3pm, Fenwick 2400 (SCRC Seminar Room): Join Special Collections Research Center for a fun-filled event to celebrate the end of Archives Month. We will be showing some of our coolest materials related to “Book Arts,” this years Archives Month theme. We will be dressing in costume – so feel free to dress up too! Light food and refreshments will be served (away from the materials, of course!).

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Mason Author Series: Helon Habila

Wed, 09/25/2019 - 13:31

The Libraries’ first Mason Author Series event of the fall will take place on Thursday, October 10 at 4:30 p.m. in Fenwick Library, Room 2001. Our guest will be Helon Hibala, professor of creative writing at Mason, who will join us for a discussion of his latest novel, Travelers.

Travelers has been hailed as a “sweeping novel that gives voice to members of the African diaspora dispersed across contemporary Europe” (Kirkus Reviews) and as a novel that “has it all – intelligence, tragedy, poetry, love, intimacy, compassion and a serious, soulful, arms-wide engagement with one of the most acute human concerns of our age: the refugee crisis” (The Guardian).

Books will be available for purchase at the event, and refreshments will be provided.

About the Author: Helon Habila is the author of the novels, Waiting for an Angel, Measuring Time, Oil on Water, and Travelers, and a nonfiction book, The Chibok Girls. His writing has won numerous awards including the Caine Prize, the Commonwealth Short Story Prize, the Emily Balch Prize, and the Windham-Campbell Prize. He is a contributing editor to the Virginia Quarterly Review. His stories, articles, reviews, and poems have appeared in various magazines and papers including Granta, AGNI, The Virginia Quarterly Review, Guernica, and the London Guardian. His short story, The Hotel Malogo, was selected for the Best American Non-required Reading Anthology. Habila is the editor of the Granta Book of African Short Story, 2011.

About the Mason Author Series: The Mason Libraries’ Mason Author Series features Mason faculty and alumni authors throughout the year, and is generously sponsored by the University Bookstore. For upcoming events, visit

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Edible Book Festival Returns

Wed, 09/25/2019 - 12:03

Due to the popularity of the Libraries’ contest earlier this year, and in celebration of Fall for the Book, the Edible Book Festival returns for a special fall edition!

Enjoy creating connections between the literary and culinary arts? Registrations to participate in the competition are due Tuesday, October 1. For more information, competition rules, and to register, visit

Even if you don’t enter the competition, we hope you’ll make plans to join us for the competition results – viewing and tasting! – on Friday, October 11, 11am to 2pm, in Fenwick Library, Room 1014.

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The View from New Orleans

Mon, 09/23/2019 - 16:20

Mason’s Department of History and Art History, with the generous support from the Society of the Cincinnati in the State of Virginia, invites you to attend a free lecture by Professor Kathleen DuVall of the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, on The View from New Orleans: Indians, Irish and Spaniards in the American Revolution. The lecture will take place on Monday, September 30, at 5 p.m. in Fenwick Library, Room 2001.

An expert in the field of Native American History, Professor DuVal is the author of The Native Ground: Indians and Colonists at the Heart of the Continent (2001) and Independence Lost: Lives on the Edge of the American Revolution (2015).

A reception follows. The lecture is free and open to the public.

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Patriot Success – Undergraduate Survey Now Live

Mon, 09/23/2019 - 11:48

Patriot Success is a campus-wide support initiative to help undergraduate students stay on course to achieve their student goals. Undergraduate, degree-seeking students were invited to take the survey via an email announcement sent to their Masonlive e-mail accounts on Sunday, September 22.

The survey will be available to all eligible students from September 23 through October 6, 2019.

For more information about the Patriot Success initiative, please visit 

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Music in the Lobby: The Secrets of Chamber

Mon, 09/23/2019 - 11:26

Join us on Wednesday, September 25 for the first Music in the Lobby concert of the Fall 2019 semester! Music in the Lobby is coordinated by Professor June Huang, Director of Strings, Mason School of Music and Steve Gerber, Music Librarian, Mason Libraries. Music in the Lobby features music by Mason students and is approved for MUSI 300 credit. Refreshments at the concert are provided courtesy of Argo Tea. Wednesday’s concert will feature:

Concerto for Four Violins in D Major, TWV 40:202
by Georg Philipp Telemann (1681-1767)
With Jenn Di Nino, Jaclyn Kitcoff, Joy Lee, and Devon Guice, violins

Kol Nidrei, Op. 47
by Max Bruch (1838-1920), arranged by Gunter Ribke
With Eddie Adams, solo cello, and Allan Fogelson, Reagan Brown, Paul Rodriguez, and Crystal Williams, cellos

Three Character Pieces and One Transcription
by Elaine Fine (b. 1959)
With Sheir Clark, clarinet, and Fiona Madigan, viola

Nocturne from A Midsummer Night’s Dream
by Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847), arranged by Carolyn White
Adagio, K.617a
by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791), arranged by Carolyn White
With Nathan Graham, Brian Bera, and John Wehmeyer, double basses

Appalachia Waltz
Mark O’Connor (b. 1961) and Edgar Meyer (b. 1960)
With Victoria Behrens, violin, Nicholas McKee, viola, Eddie Adams, cello

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Visiting Writer Series: Rion Amilcar Scott

Thu, 09/12/2019 - 17:17

The Creative Writing Program’s popular Visiting Writer Series will be hosted once again by the Mason Libraries this year. All events will take place in Fenwick Library, Room 2001, and are free and open to the public.

For the first visiting writer of the fall series, the Creative Writing Program welcomes short story master Rion Amilcar Scott, MFA ’08, with a public reading on Thursday, September 19, at 7:30 p.m. Scott’s latest collection, The World Doesn’t Require You, was released in August and earned starred reviews from both Publishers Weekly and Kirkus Reviews, with the latter saying, “Mordantly bizarre and trenchantly observant, these stories stake out fresh territory in the nation’s literary landscape.” Scott’s debut collection, Insurrections, won the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction and the Hillsdale Award from the Fellowship of Southern Writers.

The Visiting Writer Series welcomes six writers each semester—two each in fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Participating writers meet with MFA students in small afternoon workshops and then present an evening reading, open to the general public. The rest of the fall schedule includes:

  • Journalist, novelist, and now memoirist Bella Pollen, author most recently of Meet Me in the In-Between, an illustrated memoir, Thursday, October 10, 6 p.m.
  • Poet Cole Swensen, author of 17 collections of poetry, most recently On Walking On, Thursday, October 10, 7:30 p.m.
  • Novelist R.O. Kwon, author of The Incendiaries, which was named a best book of the year by over forty publications, Friday, October 11, 5:30 p.m.
  • Poet and translator Rosa Alcalá, whose most recent publications include the collection MyOTHER TONGUE and the translation Cecilia Vicuña: New & Selected Poems, Thursday, November 7, 7:30 p.m.
  • Essayist Andre Perry, author of the collection Some of Us Are Very Hungry Now, forthcoming in November 2019, Thursday, November 21, 7:30 p.m.
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Need dissertation or thesis assistance?

Thu, 09/12/2019 - 16:42

University Dissertation & Thesis Services (UDTS) welcomes you to the Fall 2019 Semester! 

If you’re planning to graduate this semester, and you’re a Master’s or Doctoral student who is writing a thesis or dissertation, check out the UDTS website at UDTS exists to help you prepare, format, complete, and submit your theses and dissertations correctly and on time. 

If you have questions about how UDTS can assist you, please email  To set up an appointment to learn more visit the LibCal Scheduler

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Pathway Studio Training

Fri, 09/06/2019 - 11:05

Join our Pathway Studio training session to learn how to this online research solution that combines a vast knowledgebase of literature extracted molecular facts with powerful analytical and visualization tools to better understand the underlying biology from experimental, clinical and literature-based evidence. Training sessions will focus on de novo pathway building, high-throughput data analysis, and variant analysis.

Two workshops are offered:

Monday, September 16, 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., 110H Colgan Hall, SciTech Campus Register now

Tuesday, September 17, 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., 1014A&B Fenwick Library, Fairfax Campus Register now

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Katrin B. Anacker Named 2019-20 Fenwick Fellow

Wed, 08/28/2019 - 13:13

Dean of Libraries and University Librarian John G. Zenelis is pleased to announce the selection of Katrin B. Anacker, Associate Professor at Mason’s Schar School of Policy and Government, as the 2019-20 Fenwick Fellow.

Professor Anacker’s research proposal, Opening up the Suburbs: The Case of Reston, Virginia, received the enthusiastic recommendation of the members of the Fenwick Fellow Selection Committee. The project, utilizing a case study approach to examine Reston over the past five decades, will draw on three strands of suburban literature – planned communities, race and real estate, and social justice – and explore the questions: How and why did Robert E. Simon open up Reston? What challenges did he face in doing so and how did he overcome them?

Professor Anacker will undertake archival research at Mason Libraries’ Special Collections Research Center and the City of Fairfax Regional Library’s Virginia Room, as well as conduct interviews with planners, administrators, community activists, and historians.

Zenelis commented, “I am delighted to support the committee’s endorsement of Professor Anacker’s study. In an age of digital exploration, the use of archival and primary sources in substantive, groundbreaking research cannot be ignored or understated. We look forward to having Professor Anacker here in our Special Collections Research Center and seeing what she uncovers.”

Professor Anacker will present the results of her work in spring 2021 at the annual Fenwick Fellow Lecture hosted by the University Libraries.

ABOUT THE FENWICK FELLOWSHIP: The Fenwick Fellowship is awarded annually to one or two Mason tenured, tenure-track, or multi-year appointment term faculty members to pursue a research project that uses and enhances the University Libraries’ resources while advancing knowledge in their fields. The winning proposals are recommended to the Dean of Libraries and University Librarian by a six-member selection committee including three instructional faculty members and three librarians, with one of the Associate University Librarians serving as administrative coordinator. The recipients are provided with a fully equipped and furnished research office in Fenwick Library and an award of $5,000 to support the recipient’s research project. The terms for this year’s Fellow begins on August 26, 2019 and will end on August 7, 2020.

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Welcome to Mason!

Fri, 08/16/2019 - 14:34

Mason Libraries welcome the Mason Nation to a new academic year, and we’re ready to help you succeed.

Mason Libraries provides free 24/7 access to thousands of online resources for Mason faculty, students and staff – just use your Mason NetID and password to discover what’s in Mason Libraries’ collections for you. Highlights include:

Visit to discover what the Libraries offer to support and enhance your learning, teaching, and research at Mason. We’re at your fingertips!

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SmartStart + Fenwick Open House 9/3

Fri, 08/16/2019 - 12:57

Get ready to research! Stop by SmartStart + Fenwick Open House on September 3! From 1 – 4 p.m., library staff will be available in Fenwick Library Atrium at our SmartStart Event Hub to show you how Mason Libraries can help you succeed. Learn about subject librarians, course reserves, TextSelect, checking out books, searching for articles, and more. Stop into the Library 100 workshop (2 – 3 p.m.) and learn the basics about navigating the Libraries’ resources and services.

Be sure to explore Fenwick during the Open House! Learn about Special Collections Research Center, Digital Scholarship Center, Music Library, Fenwick Gallery, Media, Interlibrary Loan, SP@RC Lab – and meet subject librarians. There will be a drawing for THREE SmartStart PRIZES, so come and see what’s in Mason Libraries for you! 

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Lunch + Learn on 9/10: Primary Source Databases

Fri, 08/16/2019 - 11:49

Teaching with Primary Source Databases workshop will offer insight into how primary sources can be used in multiple disciplinary contexts, for teaching qualitative and quantitative research methods, and for diverse projects and research outputs. Attendees can expect to learn about:

  • Approaches to research from varied disciplines
  • Different types of primary sources
  • Creative ideas for teaching with primary sources
  • Data mining and visualization with archives
  • Widening the scope of usage for digital library collections
  •  HTR (Handwritten Text Recognition) Technology for DHI efforts related to Full-Text Search in Manuscript Documents

This workshop will be held Tuesday, September 10, Noon to 1 p.m., 1014A&B Fenwick Library. For more information, please contact Leigh Ann Skeen,

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Pathway Studio: Bridging Research

Fri, 08/16/2019 - 11:45

Learn how to use Pathway Studio – an online research solution that combines a vast knowledgebase of literature extracted molecular facts with powerful analytical and visualization tools to better understand the underlying biology from experimental, clinical and literature-based evidence. Pathway Studio training sessions’ focus will be on de novo pathway building, high-throughput data analysis, and variant analysis. Two sessions are offered:

  • Monday, September 16, 110H Colgan Hall, SciTech Campus, 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m
  • Tuesday, September 16, 1014A&B Fenwick, Fairfax Campus, 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

For more information, please contact Leigh Ann Skeen,

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Apply Now for Reserved Grad Study Spaces

Thu, 08/01/2019 - 17:48

Applications are now being accepted for reserved Graduate Study carrels/spaces in both Fenwick and Arlington Campus Libraries. For details and application forms, please visit

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Fenwick Gallery: Allure of the Locale

Thu, 08/01/2019 - 16:42

Fenwick Gallery 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 ‘Extended Image,’ a course in Mason’s Art & Visual Technology Study Abroad program in Tuscany, Italy. Their mission was to incorporate an experimental mixed-media approach to their art process, embracing the concept of response to the environment through their personal experience. Their inspiration is a land renowned for its richness of art in both traditional and contemporary history, from the landscape of Tuscany, to the ancient wonders of Rome, to the 21st-century contemporary art museum, the MAXXI. 

The resulting artworks are distinct, produced through varied practices including painting, photography, collage, printmaking, as well as video and 3D story-making. This exhibit represents the visions of five artists: Lauren Patrizi Carpenter, Kime Howard, Michaela Japec, Rachel Quinn, and Setareh Sabti, their art forming individualized yet cohesive bodies of work.

Details about the artist talk and further information about Fenwick Gallery are available on the gallery website,

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