Contemporary Mural Arts Festival
Opening Ceremony: New Date! Friday, October 12, 4-8 pm @ Southside Plaza
A project spearheaded by students and members of the George Mason University community, The Contemporary Mural Arts Festival at Mason was started as an idea to enrich and add life to the current landscape of the GMU campus. Proposed and instigated by then freshman Fionnuala Fisk, and supported closely by the University’s Provisions Library and University Curator Donald Russell, The Contemporary Mural Arts Festival team has only grown since then. With more and more students of various backgrounds, fields of study, and class standings, the #MuralsAtMason team stands as a microcosm of what the project hopes to accomplish; bringing various community members together through the nature of public art.
Reed Griffith and Ulrich Norbisrath
A Digital Identity, 2018
Fabrication: Harry Mayer. Advisor: Edgar Endress. Assistants: Khandker Islam, Fionnuala Fisk, Karina Carvalho, Johanna Lizardi.
A Digital Identity visualizes the perception of our identities as filtered through the invisible walls of online social media which are designed to narrate and distribute our daily lives across the Internet. Using proprietary algorithms, sites like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram reinforce biases about who we are. While these algorithms are largely invisible, they create very real barriers and conceptual walls which we have to navigate.
Reed Griffith graduated from Mason in 2018 and Ulrich Norbisrath teaches in the Volgenau School of Engineering.
Aricama Portal, 2018
Mural on mesh fabric
MARICAMA uses her paintings, comics, and theatrical plays to develop her utopian land, Aricama. Aricama is a portal to the highest potential of society, moving beyond color, gender, or orientation and tuning the brain to a new, more loving frequency. MARICAMA uses sacred geometry and extraterrestrial characters to raise collective consciousness and encourage spiritual empowerment and action through art.
“Let’s allow the chaotic white-washed wall embrace a deeper meaning beyond physical structure, becoming a gateway to a higher dimension.” - MARICAMA
Maricama (Maria Camia) is from Virginia Beach, VA and currently lives in Yonkers, New York.
IMANI SHANKLIN ROBERTS
Full Belly Laughter, 2018
Vinyl on glass
“I build my art-making process by allowing myself to view the world that I live in critically and as a malleable aesthetic experience. I chose to embrace an Afrocentric perspective on identity, worldviews, morality, feminism and aesthetics because of my upbringing and self-exploration. As a result, I choose to focus on the African American figure as the subject of my work. In my public art work it is important to fill walls and spaces with the color and vibrancy of melanin, joy, and a full range of hues.”
Imani Shanklin Roberts is a Washington, DC native currently based in New York. Roberts earned a BFA/MS in Art Education upon graduating from Pratt Institute in 2014.
“A bird in general is a symbol for freedom, truth, art, creativity, higher values, and higher consciousness. A bird is a global animal as they can fly over the world and live across the whole world. The parrot in particular stands for learning, communication, healing through the power of light and color, sun, diplomacy, a parrot brings good news and positivity, and is a strong spiritual force! For me the colorful parrot (multiple colors in one bird) represents tolerance, peace, and multi-ethnicity. Under the branch that holds the birds is a portal, a door representing a step into another world as a person with new insights and skills. In this version there is a city in the portal, representing society.”
CEEPIL is from Brazil and is involved with non-profit organizations working for emancipation of minorities and social work through art education.
Get Involved with the Mural Brigade
There is much work to be done before the murals make it to the walls of GMU. Behind the scenes, we have set up a club called the Mural Brigade which you can find and join here
The Mural Brigade aims to keep everyone on the team organized as we move forward applying for grants, creating and implementing marketing plans, collecting monetary support, and turning the dream of a fresh, new campus into a reality. As part of the Mason Family, we would like to ask if you would support this project and be a part of major improvements for the university and the community as a whole.
Made up of students and faculty of various backgrounds, we currently have meetings 4 days a week with a “come as you please” system.
We understand that students have busy schedules but by working together, we will be able to accomplish great things as we come closer to the completion of the project!
Murals are an amazing form of art that not only enrich their surroundings with vibrant color and imagery, but also bring art to the public sphere for the community to enjoy, reflect on, and interperate together.
The average mural costs roughly $21 per square foot with many other factors affecting the final price. We’ve estimated that each of the #MuralsAtMason will total to around $4,000 and as such, we look to YOU for support. As part of the Mason Family, we would like to ask if you would support this project and be a part of major improvements for the university and the community as a whole.
Go to give.gmu.edu
Click to select other funds
Search and select “other”
Type in the Public Art Fund