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PICTURES AT AN EXHIBITION: FENWICK HALLWAY GALLERY 
Jenna Rinalducci, MA, MLIS, Art & Art History Librarian 
Jamie W. Coni...
THE PERSISTENCE OF MEMORY
Fenwick Library Exterior 1967 - 2016
Fenwick Library Hallway Interior 1983 - 2013 
• Connects original Fenwick 
space to two towers/wings 
(stacks, SC&A, UDTS,...
Fenwick Library Exterior 1967 - 2016 
Fenwick Library New Addition (scheduled completion January 2016) 
• November 2012 – ...
THE VISION THING
Head, Fenwick Research Services: 
“Wouldn’t it be really 
neat if we could stick 
up some sort of art 
or stuff to jazz up...
Illusions of Grandeur
Grounded in Reality 
Available Space 
Available Space: 
74” wide 62’ 3” long 
Entrance/Exit: 
92” wide 65’ long
WATER AND SKY
Grounded in Reality 
Problems: 
Tech Services Door 
Area Temperature Control 
New Fire Doors & Wall 
Two windows covered 
...
WATER / Physical Structure: Fun with Facilities 
• Facilities 
• Painters 
• Electricians 
• Carpenters 
• Pedestals 
• Bo...
WATER / Gallery Stuff 
Storage 
Tools 
Equipment
WATER / Fun with Facilities 
West windows covered 
The thing that can’t be moved or blocked Tech Services door
WATER / Facilities: What they don’t teach in Library School
SKY / Internal Infrastructure 
First Things First 
• Write GRA position description 
• Advertise and hire GRA 
Research 
•...
SKY / Internal Infrastructure: Mission Statement 
Fenwick Gallery is a hybrid, 
walk-through exhibit space 
contributing t...
SKY / Internal Infrastructure: Goals 
• Promote the Libraries’ collections 
to encourage scholarly and cultural 
inquiry a...
SKY / Internal Infrastructure 
• Meetings with School of Art administrators 
• Formed partnership (MOU) 
• We hire MFA stu...
SKY / Internal Infrastructure: Sample Form
GARDEN OF EARTHLY DELIGHTS
Women’s Visions / Women’s Voices April - June 2014
Selected Works July – August 2014
Call + Response 2014 September 6 – October 3, 2014
Current Exhibit Up October 13, 2014 
Scenes from Behind the Wall: Images of East Germany, 1989/90 
• In collaboration with...
I AND THE VILLAGE
Gallery Website
Class Visits 
“It was also great 
to have the exhibit 
up for a month, 
which allowed 
faculty to fold 
Call + Response 
i...
Advertising / PR 
• library.gmu.edu 
• Library News 
• FB, twitter, myMason 
• Flyers 
• LCDs 
• Library 
• Student Center...
Gallery Talk September 17, 2014 
“It was so rewarding for the 
exhibition participants to have a 
large audience attend th...
Gallery Talk September 17, 2014 
http://bit.ly/callresponseexhibt1
Archiving 
University Archives 
• Artist Release Forms 
• Permissions to film in gallery 
OMEKA Website 
• Administrative ...
MASTERPIECE(S)
Masterpiece(s) 
Engagement Activity & Buzz Staff Development Creative Art & Inquiry 
“I think the library has offered 
a v...
Exhibit Receptions
Artist Interview
Acquisitions Two Ways 
Aleatory II: Aviary
Realized Vision 
http://bit.ly/fenwickgalleryplaylist
Realized Vision 
“It exposes people to art during their regular day-to-day 
activity, instead of being set apart and separ...
"I get so excited every time 
something new goes up in here." 
– Mason Undergraduate Student 
So do we. 
It’s a piece of c...
Questions? Comments? 
For more information, please contact 
• Jenna Rinalducci, MA, MLIS jrinaldu @ gmu.edu 
• Jamie Conig...
Pictures at an Exhibition: Fenwick Gallery
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Pictures at an Exhibition: Fenwick Gallery

  1. 1. PICTURES AT AN EXHIBITION: FENWICK HALLWAY GALLERY Jenna Rinalducci, MA, MLIS, Art & Art History Librarian Jamie W. Coniglio, MLS, Head, Fenwick Library Research Services Take Risks, Embrace Change: The 2014 Conference for Entrepreneurial Librarians October 17, 2014
  2. 2. THE PERSISTENCE OF MEMORY
  3. 3. Fenwick Library Exterior 1967 - 2016
  4. 4. Fenwick Library Hallway Interior 1983 - 2013 • Connects original Fenwick space to two towers/wings (stacks, SC&A, UDTS, other library offices, study rooms, study spaces, DWR, etc.) • Hallway used for • Card Catalog space • Public OPAC space • Public PC space
  5. 5. Fenwick Library Exterior 1967 - 2016 Fenwick Library New Addition (scheduled completion January 2016) • November 2012 – January 2013 • Existing first floor, all wings, moved, rearranged • AUL and Head, Fenwick Research Services chatting in hallway • Discussing next phase of construction preparation • Hallway = new fireproofing / new fire doors, wall • Re-routing traffic during Fall Semester 2013 • The BIG idea
  6. 6. THE VISION THING
  7. 7. Head, Fenwick Research Services: “Wouldn’t it be really neat if we could stick up some sort of art or stuff to jazz up this hallway?” AUL, Research & Ed Services: “Great idea! Go for it!” Head, Fenwick Research Services: “HEY, JENNA! GUESS WHAT!!”
  8. 8. Illusions of Grandeur
  9. 9. Grounded in Reality Available Space Available Space: 74” wide 62’ 3” long Entrance/Exit: 92” wide 65’ long
  10. 10. WATER AND SKY
  11. 11. Grounded in Reality Problems: Tech Services Door Area Temperature Control New Fire Doors & Wall Two windows covered Available Space: 74” wide 62’ 3” long Gallery Display Zone Entrance/Exit: 92” wide 65’ long Fire Marshal Zone
  12. 12. WATER / Physical Structure: Fun with Facilities • Facilities • Painters • Electricians • Carpenters • Pedestals • Bookcase, Pillar • Networking • ADA needs • In the background • Gallery Name • Gallery Tagline
  13. 13. WATER / Gallery Stuff Storage Tools Equipment
  14. 14. WATER / Fun with Facilities West windows covered The thing that can’t be moved or blocked Tech Services door
  15. 15. WATER / Facilities: What they don’t teach in Library School
  16. 16. SKY / Internal Infrastructure First Things First • Write GRA position description • Advertise and hire GRA Research • GRA = other library galleries • GRA = space needs (lights, etc) Gallery Mission and Goals • Set the vision • Set the parameters • Basis for policies, procedures
  17. 17. SKY / Internal Infrastructure: Mission Statement Fenwick Gallery is a hybrid, walk-through exhibit space contributing to an atmosphere of scholarship & inquiry. Rooted in the libraries’ mission, the purpose of the gallery is to enrich the intellectual, educational and cultural life of the University.
  18. 18. SKY / Internal Infrastructure: Goals • Promote the Libraries’ collections to encourage scholarly and cultural inquiry at George Mason University • Highlight research and scholarship at/of George Mason University • Stimulate intellectual and creative reflection through visual and multi-media exhibitions, discussions, etc. • Promote the Libraries’ academic and cultural mission • Support the Libraries’ development program and goals
  19. 19. SKY / Internal Infrastructure • Meetings with School of Art administrators • Formed partnership (MOU) • We hire MFA student / They provide 6 credits in-state tuition • Meetings with legal counsel • Adapted artist release form to comply with University • Meeting with faculty curator • Discussed policies & release form to confirm on right track • Meeting with University Records Manager • Developed plan to retain admin documents • Meeting with Head, Metadata & Cataloging • Workflow for location change/Gallery location in catalog • Meeting with DPS • Set up Gallery website (Word Press) • Omeka
  20. 20. SKY / Internal Infrastructure: Sample Form
  21. 21. GARDEN OF EARTHLY DELIGHTS
  22. 22. Women’s Visions / Women’s Voices April - June 2014
  23. 23. Selected Works July – August 2014
  24. 24. Call + Response 2014 September 6 – October 3, 2014
  25. 25. Current Exhibit Up October 13, 2014 Scenes from Behind the Wall: Images of East Germany, 1989/90 • In collaboration with Libraries’ Special Collections and History faculty • Existing SC&A image collection • University-wide recognition of 25th Anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall • Exhibits, lectures, film screenings, musical performances
  26. 26. I AND THE VILLAGE
  27. 27. Gallery Website
  28. 28. Class Visits “It was also great to have the exhibit up for a month, which allowed faculty to fold Call + Response into their syllabi and assignments.” – Susan Tichy, Professor English Department
  29. 29. Advertising / PR • library.gmu.edu • Library News • FB, twitter, myMason • Flyers • LCDs • Library • Student Centers • Working on link from SoA site
  30. 30. Gallery Talk September 17, 2014 “It was so rewarding for the exhibition participants to have a large audience attend the panel this year and follow-up comments have been glowing in praise of the show and panel.” - Helen Frederick, Professor, Art
  31. 31. Gallery Talk September 17, 2014 http://bit.ly/callresponseexhibt1
  32. 32. Archiving University Archives • Artist Release Forms • Permissions to film in gallery OMEKA Website • Administrative documents • Exhibit materials • Images, Interviews, etc.
  33. 33. MASTERPIECE(S)
  34. 34. Masterpiece(s) Engagement Activity & Buzz Staff Development Creative Art & Inquiry “I think the library has offered a very different context… and that more students and visitors to the library are noticing and reflecting on the work, perhaps in a more serious way. Certainly the exhibition is accessible to many more and diverse audiences who are not distracted by other activities as they were when entering Gallery 123 from the food court. More students and visitors to the library are noticing and reflecting on the work, perhaps in a more serious way.” – Helen Frederick, Professor School of Art
  35. 35. Exhibit Receptions
  36. 36. Artist Interview
  37. 37. Acquisitions Two Ways Aleatory II: Aviary
  38. 38. Realized Vision http://bit.ly/fenwickgalleryplaylist
  39. 39. Realized Vision “It exposes people to art during their regular day-to-day activity, instead of being set apart and separate. It's thrilling that everyone from construction workers to professors to students to campus visitors got to enjoy the work.” – Ariel Hamilton, artist
  40. 40. "I get so excited every time something new goes up in here." – Mason Undergraduate Student So do we. It’s a piece of cake! #score
  41. 41. Questions? Comments? For more information, please contact • Jenna Rinalducci, MA, MLIS jrinaldu @ gmu.edu • Jamie Coniglio, MLS jconigli @ gmu.edu • fenwickgallery.gmu.edu

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