Artists' Maps


Dec 2014


Smith, Anne

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Fenwick Gallery, George Mason University Libraries


Maps are powerful. They can orient us on unfamiliar streets or help us find our way through unmarked territory. In their essence, maps distill an incredible amount of information into a compact, readable, digestible abstraction—a tool for navigating and understanding what’s around us. This exhibit expands upon the traditional idea of mapping, featuring works by artists at Mason and artists in the Mason Libraries collection. Each of these artists has embraced the map as a dynamic and versatile tool for investigating histories, bodies, geographies, and more. By recording landmarks, making careful observations, and charting terrain of all sorts physical and intangible, each artist’s map reveals a surprising story.


Exhibition Catalog from the Artists' Maps exhibit at the Fenwick Gallery, George Mason University


Visual art, Mapping, Artists' books, Art exhibition