NOVA Mason Foundations

This Year’s Topic show featured NOVA and George Mason student work.  Our Juror was James Williams II.

Opening reception for the 2019 NOVA Mason Foundations, Student Juried Exhibition. On view from November 11-December 16, 2019 at the Northern Virginia Community College Center For Design, Media and the Arts at the Alexandria, VA Campus. Juror: James Williams II. Photo by Britt Conley

Williams, on the right had a great night, speaking with students and giving some insight into their future art worlds.

Opening reception for the 2019 NOVA Mason Foundations, Student Juried Exhibition. On view from November 11-December 16, 2019 at the Northern Virginia Community College Center For Design, Media and the Arts at the Alexandria, VA Campus. Juror: James Williams II. Photo by Britt Conley

The teachers for foundation courses at both campuses included Mason’s Rachel Debuque, and NOVA’s Stacy Slaten and our curator Jessica Gardner.

Attendees gathered to hear the bio and background for our juror.  James has an

  • M.F.A., Mount Royal School of Art, Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD, 2009

  • B.S., Studio Art, State University of New York College at Cortland, Cortland, NY, 2004

  • A.A.S., Graphic Arts, State University of New York/ Onondaga Community College, Syracuse, NY, 2002
    and currently teaches at MICA in Baltimore.

Opening reception for the 2019 NOVA Mason Foundations, Student Juried Exhibition. On view from November 11-December 16, 2019 at the Northern Virginia Community College Center For Design, Media and the Arts at the Alexandria, VA Campus. Juror: James Williams II. Photo by Britt Conley

James announced his thoughts on the quality of work and the handed out the winning awards.

Opening reception for the 2019 NOVA Mason Foundations, Student Juried Exhibition. On view from November 11-December 16, 2019 at the Northern Virginia Community College Center For Design, Media and the Arts at the Alexandria, VA Campus. Juror: James Williams II. Photo by Britt Conley

Here, James gets a pic with just two of our winners.

Opening reception for the 2019 NOVA Mason Foundations, Student Juried Exhibition. On view from November 11-December 16, 2019 at the Northern Virginia Community College Center For Design, Media and the Arts at the Alexandria, VA Campus. Juror: James Williams II. Photo by Britt Conley

It was also a great opportunity for our Dean of the Arts, David Epstein to connect with Mason teachers, such as Rachel Debugue.

David Epstein and Rachel Debuque at the opening reception for the 2019 NOVA Mason Foundations, Student Juried Exhibition. On view from November 11-December 16, 2019 at the Northern Virginia Community College Center For Design, Media and the Arts at the Alexandria, VA Campus. Juror: James Williams II. Photo by Britt Conley

Students were so excited to see one another’s works and to see what the work will be like at George Mason, where may of our students choose to continue with their Bachelors degree.

Opening reception for the 2019 NOVA Mason Foundations, Student Juried Exhibition. On view from November 11-December 16, 2019 at the Northern Virginia Community College Center For Design, Media and the Arts at the Alexandria, VA Campus. Juror: James Williams II. Photo by Britt Conley

Receptions are always great for providing more opportunities for to hang out and support their fellow friends.

Opening reception for the 2019 NOVA Mason Foundations, Student Juried Exhibition. On view from November 11-December 16, 2019 at the Northern Virginia Community College Center For Design, Media and the Arts at the Alexandria, VA Campus. Juror: James Williams II. Photo by Britt Conley

All in all it was a fun time for all to relax, contemplate the art and spend time together.

Opening reception for the 2019 NOVA Mason Foundations, Student Juried Exhibition. On view from November 11-December 16, 2019 at the Northern Virginia Community College Center For Design, Media and the Arts at the Alexandria, VA Campus. Juror: James Williams II. Photo by Britt Conley

It is especially rewarding to see student families and the pride they have for everyone!

Opening reception for the 2019 NOVA Mason Foundations, Student Juried Exhibition. On view from November 11-December 16, 2019 at the Northern Virginia Community College Center For Design, Media and the Arts at the Alexandria, VA Campus. Juror: James Williams II. Photo by Britt Conley
Opening reception for the 2019 NOVA Mason Foundations, Student Juried Exhibition. On view from November 11-December 16, 2019 at the Northern Virginia Community College Center For Design, Media and the Arts at the Alexandria, VA Campus. Juror: James Williams II. Photo by Britt Conley

The show also offered incredible content to learn about and consider.  There were numerous powerful images and concepts.

Art almost always offers a learning experience.

Opening reception for the 2019 NOVA Mason Foundations, Student Juried Exhibition. On view from November 11-December 16, 2019 at the Northern Virginia Community College Center For Design, Media and the Arts at the Alexandria, VA Campus. Juror: James Williams II. Photo by Britt Conley

Of course it’s also nice for us, studio staff, volunteers and teachers.

Opening reception for the 2019 NOVA Mason Foundations, Student Juried Exhibition. On view from November 11-December 16, 2019 at the Northern Virginia Community College Center For Design, Media and the Arts at the Alexandria, VA Campus. Juror: James Williams II. Photo by Britt Conley

We hope to see you at our next show,  Wednesday, February 26, 2020

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