About the Collection
In 2005, Harold C. Vogel donated over 1,000 pieces of artwork created by his wife, Hilde Vogel-Michalik, to the George Mason University SciTech Campus (then known as the Prince William Campus). The collection included a variety of oil, graphite sketches, watercolor, and ink compositions, and encaustic wax paintings. In 2011, Harold donated the remainder of his private collection—an additional 1,200 of Hilde’s and a handful of paintings from other artists. The full collection spans over 40 years of her work. This includes her paintings and sketches as a student at the Folkwang School of Art in Germany up until her death in 1999.
Each painting was documented and assigned a unique number. The paintings were then sorted by size and condition. All pieces that were in at least fair condition were placed into portfolios to preserve them. Paintings in less than fair condition are stored together, and it is our hope to eventually have them restored.
Mason's Commitments to the Collection
Commitment to care for and maintain the artwork: The donation agreement allows Mason to sell up to 30 percent of the collection, with all funds used for the care and maintenance of the collection. The Adopt-a-Painting Program, proceeds from sales of the Vogel Greeting Cards, and tax-deductible donations also provide financial support for the collection.
Commitment to display the paintings: Mason will display a percentage of the collection at the university and to the community. This is accomplished at the university through the Vogel Loan Program. Currently, paintings are on loan at the campuses in Fairfax, Arlington, and Manassas. Displaying the artwork and hosting exhibits informs the community of Hilde’s incredible work and brings attention to the collection.