Fenwick Gallery at George Mason University Presents Conjuring Presence

By Editorial Team on November 15, 2021
Deb Sivigny, detail from Caught [wire, paper, gold paint]

Link to online exhibit: https://masonexhibitions.org/fenwick/conjuring-presence

Fenwick Gallery at George Mason University is pleased to host Conjuring Presence, an exhibition of visual art and poetry featuring Mason students, faculty, and alumni. The exhibition will run in Fenwick Gallery and online from October 20 through December 11, 2021, with two virtual events: a poetry reading on November 9 and artists’ talk on November 15. Visit https://masonexhibitions.org to view more.

Curated by Mason faculty member and artist Jessica Kallista, Conjuring Presence asks both artists and audience to think critically and examine many manifestations of presence: What does it mean to join our creativity as we co-sense and conspire together for the sake of enlivening our imaginations and our communities? What does it mean to become mindful of the need to work against erasure when we understand who is not present and why? Who decides whether some people are or are not allowed to be present to occupy spaces in the arts and academia? How do we acknowledge the past, work for a just future, and still ground ourselves in the present? How might we work to conjure presence?

The artists and poets featured in Conjuring Presence were paired and asked to consider these questions throughout the collaborative process. In doing the work of considering, questioning, and challenging the status quo with radical honesty and presence of mind, together they embrace the power to envision, freedom dream, and co-create otherwise worlds into existence.

This exhibition is co-curated by Heather Green (Asst. Professor, School of Art) Stephanie Grimm (Art Librarian and Fenwick Gallery Manager), and Chen Bi (Fenwick Gallery Graduate Assistant). Exhibition support generously provided by the Mason University Libraries, School of Art, and Creative Writing program.

Conjuring Presence will be on display online and in Fenwick Gallery, located in Fenwick Library on Mason’s Fairfax campus. The gallery is open during Library business hours; see the Library’s website at http://library.gmu.edu for the most accurate and up-to-date information.

For more information on this exhibition at Fenwick Gallery, contact Stephanie Grimm, Art and Art History Librarian, at sgrimm4@gmu.edu. For general inquiries about the University Libraries or George Mason University, contact Jessica Clark, Development and Communications Officer, at jclarkw@gmu.edu.