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Connections With Antiquity Opens at Museum of Art

Story posted May 15, 1997

BRUNSWICK, Maine -- An exhibition of the work of Maine artist, George Mason opens at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art on Tuesday, May 6. Connections with Antiquity is on view in the Walker Gallery along with objects from the Museum's permanent ancient Mediterranean collection.

Works in the exhibition are Mason's personal response to the Museum's ancient collection. Ceramic tiles, relief sculpture and paper cut-outs are exhibited in the Walker Gallery to provide a visual dialogue with the ancient works from the permanent collection exhibition Art and Life of the Ancient Mediterranean.

Most of the works in this exhibition were created by Mason specifically for Connections With Antiquity. Mason, "was asked to create a group of works for the recently installed antiquities gallery which would converse with the Assyrian, Egyptian, Greek, Etruscan, and Roman objects there, many of which are architectural fragments or ceramics," said Katharine Watson, director of the Bowdoin College Museum of Art. Watson explains that it was the "visual and structural nature" of Mason's work that led to the idea for this analogous exhibition. He continues in the centuries-old tradition of copying and adapting patterns and styles from objects that came before his own and creates work that speaks not only to the history of the original objects, but to their creation.

George Mason's career as an artist spans over 20 years. He earned fine arts degrees in ceramics at Cranbrook Academy of Art and the New York State College of Ceramics in Alfred, N.Y. He has exhibited at institutions such as the Renwick Gallery of the National Collection of Fine Arts, the Everson Museum of Art, the Haber-Theodore Gallery, the Portland Museum of Art, the Farnsworth Museum and his work was included in the 13th Chunichi International Exhibition of Ceramic Arts in Nagoya, Japan. Mason is the recipient of numerous awards including three National Endowment for the Arts grants. An accomplished teacher, Mason has taught at many institutions in the United States, including both his alma maters, as well as in Indonesia and Japan. Mason is also well known for his public art -- site specific ceramic tile murals created for public schools -- and has received over 20 Percent for Art commissions in the state of Maine and one in New York for such projects.

Connections With Antiquity will be on view from May 6 through December 23. The Bowdoin College Museum of Art, its exhibitions and programs are open to the public free of charge. Museum hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sundays from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

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