Director, Mason Exhibitions
Director, Provisions Research Center for Art and Social Change
Research Faculty, School of Art
Office: Room L001, Art and Design Building
Mail: 4400 University Drive, MSN: 1C3, Fairfax, VA 22030
Don Russell has been an active contemporary art curator and arts administrator since 1979. His research focuses on the exploration and development of new social contexts for art. He is responsible for programming exhibitions, public art, and on the Fairfax, Manassas, and Arlington campuses and for the care of the University Art Collection. He directs Provisions Research Center for Art & Social Change, providing creative resources for community-engaged art projects. He is co-founder with Edgar Endress of Floating Lab Collective.
Don has produced over 130 exhibitions, public art commissions, residencies, conferences, and field research projects. His work spans all contemporary art media with particular emphasis on research-as-art, public art, new media, photography, and artists’ publications.
Don previously served as Executive Director of Washington Project for the Arts and had various leadership roles at Visual Studies Workshop. He has an MFA in InterArts from George Mason University and studied at Visual Studies Workshop and the University of Wisconsin, Madison.
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