Visiting Artist Renee Stout Featured in ‘Visual Voices’

Posted: October 24, 2006 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

World-renowned Washington artist Renee Stout will kick off the first 2006-07 Professional Lecture Series Distinguished Visiting Artist program as campus resident artist from October 23 to 27.

In addition to providing hands-on collaboration during her residency, Stout will speak as part of Visual Voices, the Department of Art and Visual Technology’s (AVT) professional lecture series, on Thursday, Oct. 26, at 7:30 p.m. in Mason’s Fine Arts Gallery located in the Fine Arts Building, Room B104. The event is free and open to all.

Renee Stout uses many media – found objects, symbols and her own memory – to explore the African Diaspora. In her talk, “Fragments of a Secret Life”, she will illuminate the roles culture, folk art and traditionalism play as she makes art.

The visiting artist program is part of Navigation Press, AVT’s new master printmaking and publishing program’s initiative to annually invite prominent artists to make prints in collaboration with a team of printmaking faculty and graduate and undergraduate students.

AVT has established a national reputation in the fine arts over three decades. Annual lectures, exhibits and workshops with national artists provide students the opportunity to learn from contemporary masters. In 2006, the department launched Navigation Press: Prints, Books and Multiples, and Friends of Art, a membership opportunity for collecting the latest in contemporary art.

A Friends of Art membership offers a hand-printed edition signed by the artist. Stout will be assisted in the creation of the signed, printed limited edition by Susan Goldman, master printmaker and Mason faculty member.

Individuals, businesses and organizations are invited to join Friends of Art. For more information, contact Helen Frederick, coordinator, Printmaking and Navigation Press Publications, AVT, the College of Visual and Performing Arts.

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