Founders Gallery

Creating Through Community Collaboration

Founders Gallery is programmed by the Arts Management Program at Mason Square (formerly known as Arlington Campus).

Through a rotating exhibition program, the gallery provides opportunities for dialogue, understanding, and community building and practical gallery management skills to current students. Exhibition, collaboration, and sponsorship proposals are welcomed from Mason affiliates, as well as community members. Please email Arts Management for more information.

Current Exhibition: Profiles of Arlington Project

We are excited to introduce our next Mason Square project designed to promote the amazing work that is being done by the students, faculty, staff, and alumni of our Arlington-based programs, and we need your help!

Night Image of Mason's Arlington Campus

The Profiles of Arlington project is a photo/bio profile series designed to showcase the incredible work of the Mason Square-based academic units and research centers, as well as our alumni in the field. This project will highlight and share the stories of the individuals who make up our campus community and showcase the impact of their work to everyone who visits our campus each year. In showcasing our stories, we hope to inspire people to learn more about Mason in Arlington and the incredible work being done here.

The new Profiles of Arlington exhibit celebrates members of the Mason Square community who are working to impact their community, region, and the world. Join us for a reception celebrating the honorees on Tuesday, April 5, from 4–5 p.m. in the Founders Art Gallery in Van Metre Hall. 

Enjoy light fare and beverages while learning about these individuals' fantastic work at Mason. RSVP today.

Contact Una Murphy with questions.

Past Exhibition

SANCTUARY: Growing Alongside Nature in an Uncertain World

Created by the Visual Arts Management Class in Arts Management and Gallery Practices Class in School of Art, this represents the first virtual exhibition to take place for the gallery. Due to the outbreak of COVID-19, people are suffering from illness, and experiencing pain, anxiety, loneliness, unknown and fear. Sanctuary: Growing Alongside Nature in an Uncertain World represents the mutual vulnerability, fragility, and resilience of nature and humans. The artworks in the exhibition explores the healing power of nature in times of isolation and uncertainty.  

This virtual exhibition features 30 artists from the George Mason University community, including students, faculty, and alumni. They come from diverse educational backgrounds including Arts Management, Communication, Dance, English Literature, Fine Arts, Graphic Design, Industrial Design, Microbiology, and Psychology.  The artworks explore an exciting range of mediums, from collage to dance, digital media, drawing, painting, photography, and sculpture.  

View the Virtual Exhibition

Exhibition Opening Event: We cordially invite you to join us on April 20th at 7:30pm on the following Zoom link for the opening reception, featuring artwork produced by George Mason University’s students, faculty, and alumni. There will be a virtual walkthrough of the gallery space, featuring talks from participating artists as well as a live Q&A discussion.

Past Exhibitions


Transitions: The Columbia Pike Documentary Project exhibition of new work as part of the Columbia Pike Documentary Project. Organized by artist Lloyd Wolf, Arts Management Curator of the Founders Arts Gallery,  and Arts Management Graduate Students in AMGT 610 Visual Arts Management. (Founders Gallery Installation)


Highlights from Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter School for Peace and Conflict Resolution.


Art for Mutual Understanding exhibition of artworks from the Richmond Ballet and Art of Transformation.


Politics of Food in support for University Life event with Jose Andres, a food photographer who work with him, Scott Suchmann.

Aesthetics of Crisis by Julia Tulke, documenting the crisis in Greece through graffiti artists.


Arlington Decal Competition.

Language Design works on paper with Confucius Institute, exploring connection of language, art, and design with Chinese Characters.

Untitled, Undated & Unsigned: The Work of Carolyn Anne Watts.

Opportunity Calling Photo exhibition exploring cellular technologies impact.

Pop up Shop Temporary pop up shop with jewelry artist.

Visions of Home an Art Connection in the Capital Region (ACCR) exhibition and art placement project presented in conjunction with the Arts Management Program.