International Law Firm Displays Mason Student Artwork

Posted: April 28, 2005 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Jennifer Mitchell

Last month, an exhibit arranged by Mason students and containing works by Mason student artists went on display in a corporate environment in Northern Virginia. Art@Work, a three-year-old program hosted by the student group Artery and the Century Club of George Mason University Inc., along with the College of Visual and Performing Arts (CVPA), places student work in a public display space, giving it a chance to be seen and purchased.

The new exhibit marks the first time that seniors as well as graduate students and faculty artists had their work included in the program. It is also the first time that the art will be for sale.

Squire, Sanders, and Dempsey LLP, an international law firm located at 8000 Towers Crescent Drive, Tysons Corner, is hosting the exhibit. The firm is a member of the Century Club and sponsored the inaugural Art@Work exhibit when the company’s offices first opened. On Thursday, May 12, the law firm will host a Spring Networking Reception featuring the student exhibitors. The event is open to students, faculty, and staff, as well as those outside the Mason community. For more information and to register for the event, click here.

“Our goal is to expand the walls of the classroom for students at Mason, and this experience is fundamental in promoting talent to the Northern Virginia business community,” says Century Club Executive Director Judith Naomi Costello, who was instrumental in founding the program. “It’s beneficial to all those involved.”

The exhibit features 30 pieces by 15 student artists and includes photography, paintings, sculpture, and digital work which will hang in the space for one year.

Julianne Kozel and Lisa McCarty
Seniors Julianne Kozel, left, and

Lisa McCarty curated the most

recent Art@Work exhibit.
Photo by Evan Cantwell

The student curators, seniors Lisa McCarty and Julianne Kozel, had a hard time choosing which pieces to exhibit. “All in all,” says Kozel, “it’s a pretty eclectic group. We looked for artists who really stood out in each division.”

Scott Martin, chair and associate professor of Art and Visual Technology (AVT), says the students are the most important part of the project. “We want the students and their work to be recognized.”

Squire, Sanders, and Dempsey will also host an event, tentatively planned for October, to auction the works. While each artist will benefit directly from the sale of his or her work, the firm has also offered to donate a percentage of each selling price to an AVT scholarship fund.

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