Senior Sculpture Exhibit Takes Over Earl House

Posted: May 7, 2004 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Tara Laskowski

A jacket made of stuffed animal fur hangs in the closet. Bricks weave their way in and out of windows on the first floor, and doors take the place of windows on the second floor. A front room is “carpeted” with earth and grass, and basketballs make up a coffee table. It’s not a house from another planet, but rather an interesting and effective senior exhibit, “Where the Propane Gas Line Is,” by nine graduating sculpture students in the Department of Art and Visual Technology.

Students Ben Adlard, Gert Barkovic, Sam Gordon, Nidi Miller, Courtney Owens, Mark Slovenz, Beth Long, Cara Marie Tomko, and Dan Tulk converted the Earl House, owned by George Mason and located at 4306 Aspen Willow Drive, just off Roberts Road, into a work of art. The house, slated for demolition in two weeks, offered the perfect venue for these students to dig in and create.

Earl House sculpture display
Earl House became both a gallery and a work of art for senior sculpture students.
Photo by Lisa McCarty

“The Earl House experience has been remarkable to witness. I’m really proud of these students,” says Professor Tom Ashcraft. “They worked hard and were enthusiastic. They made this place their own. Some used it as a gallery space, and others worked with the material and the structure of the house to create their pieces.”

Each artist claimed a particular space or room inside or outside the house, and most have several sculptures inside. The students were given free rein to do whatever they liked to the house—installing, painting, or even tearing down. Outside the home, wood and metal sculptures break up the lawn, preparing the visitor for the inside tour. Students spent more than two months preparing for the exhibit, which will run through May 16.

The house will be open for viewing on Friday, May 14, from 3:30 to 7 p.m. A shuttle will run from the Fine Arts Building sculpture area to the Earl House every 30 minutes. At other times, call 703-993-8651 to make an appointment to see the exhibition.

brick sculpture at Earl House
A brick sculpture weaves its way in and out of the house.
Photo by Tom Ashcraft

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