Sculpture Students Showcase Work in Georgetown

Posted: December 11, 2003 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Tara Laskowski

In a few months, the building at 3313 Cady’s Alley, N.W., in downtown Georgetown will house a cafĂ©. But for the next 10 days, the space will be home to many George Mason students’ sculptures as they present their exhibit, “Developer,” Dec. 11-20.

Tom Ashcraft, assistant professor for the Department of Art and Visual Technology, works with development companies in the area to find spaces between tenants that would make good temporary places for galleries. The building in Cady’s Alley is a 4,000-square-foot space that Ashcraft says is perfect for the students’ show. With white walls and track lighting, the building is situated amongst designer shops and high-end furniture stores–a prime and exciting location for the students. Working with the company East Banc Inc., Ashcraft, along with colleagues Peter Winant, Morgan Kennedy, and Ben Ashworth, were able to put the show together quickly and give their students some real-world experience.

“It’s a perfect opportunity for students to put up a show in a professional setting,” Ashcraft says. “It’s important for students to get off campus and have the experience and reality of having a deadline, transporting art, and running a gallery.”

Fourteen students in the sculpture program will showcase work of all ranges in style and scale in the Georgetown gallery. “These students are dedicated artists. They are smart and creative, and I’m very proud of the way they’ve responded to this project,” Ashcraft says.

The department has done other exhibits in off-campus locations in the past, including a show in Richmond last year, and hopes to make this a yearly event. “‘Developer’ is a great name not only because it suggests the development of the gallery space itself, but also the ongoing process of art–the movement and action of work as it progresses,” Ashcraft adds. “There are so many spaces in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area, and the experience for students is very valuable.”

The gallery space, located between 33rd and 34th Streets, N.W., M Street, and the C&O Canal in Georgetown, will be open to the public from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. An opening reception will be held tonight from 6:30 to 9 p.m. For more information, contact Tom Ashcraft at (703) 993-4575 or

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