Decorate Your Work Area with Original Art

Posted: June 3, 2009 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: June 2, 2009 at 3:11 pm

By Catherine Ferraro

A painting from the Hilde Vogel-Michalik collection

A painting from the Hilde Vogel-Michalik collection

In 2005, Harold Vogel, a local area sculptor and retired businessman, donated more than 1,000 pieces of artwork created by his wife, Hilde Vogel-Michalik, who died in 1999, to Mason’s Prince William Campus.

The artwork—oil paintings, graphite sketches, watercolor and ink compositions and encaustic wax paintings—are now available for loan to the university community.

Currently, 70 pieces from the collection are on display in the common areas at the Prince William Campus. However, the campus administration is working toward displaying at least 25 percent of the collection at one time on the Mason campuses.

Debbie Weitzman-Ward, administrative and events specialist at the Prince William Campus, is responsible for the collection and is working with the Department of History and Art History to have some of the pieces restored.

“The goal of the loan program is to display as many pieces from the collection as we can across the entire university,” says Weitzman-Ward. “In addition, it is important that we honor the life of Hilde Vogel and remember the generosity of her husband’s gifting of her artwork to the university.”

Artwork borrowers must be Mason employees. Weitzman-Ward suggests they set aside several hours to review the collection and choose the pieces they would like to display. The loaned artwork will be assigned for a two year-period. After two years, the borrower may renew the loan for another two years or return the artwork.

After the borrower has selected the artwork, several forms must be completed. After the loan is approved by Prince William Administration, all artwork not already framed must be matted and framed at the borrower’s expense using archival-quality and acid-free mats and clear glass.

A painting from the Hilde Vogel-Michalik collection

A painting from the Hilde Vogel-Michalik collection

There are several guidelines by which the artwork must be displayed, including avoiding high and fluctuating temperatures and humidity and hanging the artwork with a security bracket.

After the artwork is framed, a campus liaison for the Vogel Art collection will take a photo of the chosen artwork in its new frame. The frame then becomes the property of the Prince William Campus Administration. The campus liaison will also perform annual inventory and condition reports.

The loan program was created by Weitzman-Ward; Karen Pirhalla, executive officer on the Arlington Campus; Carol Mattusch, Mathy Professor of History and Art History; and several other administrative staff members.

For more information about the Vogel Art loan program, contact Weitzman-Ward at 703-993-1621 or visit the web site.

For more information about the Vogel Art collection, read the Gazette article.

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