Art at Mason

A systematic catalogue of all the art on campus that belonged to the George Mason University, much of it never inventoried. Some of the works had been published, including 19th-century Souvenir Paintings from Italy, a gift from the estate of John M. Mathy; a 19th-century Tibetan Thangka painting of Shakyamuni Buddha, a gift of Kenneth X. Robbins; China Between Revolutions: Photographs by Sidney D. Gamble 1917-1927, a gift of the Sidney D Gamble Foundation for China Studies; The Heritage Quilt, auctioned at the GMU Arts Gala of 1984 and donated to the University by the purchasers. These were all available at no cost to viewers of the works. Students also produced a brochure to be available for potential students: The Arts on the Fairfax Campus. Another year-or-two-long internship project for acquiring, cleaning, repairing, and siting a collection of antique plaster casts resulted in the on-line GMU Plaster Cast Collection, a gift of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, with restoration assistance from the National Gallery of Art.

These projects were directed by Professor Carol C. Mattusch, and some were funded in part by the President’s Office. After 2008, neither website has been updated, to my knowledge. Professor Chris Gregg will be teaching a course on the plaster cast collection in Spring 2021.

Plaster cast, gift of Metropolitan Museum of Art, photo by Andrew Zimmerman.
Plaster cast, gift of Metropolitan Museum of Art, photo by Andrew Zimmerman.