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Contact:
Eric Sloss
412-268-5765

For immediate release:
January 8, 2003

Carnegie Mellon's Regina Gouger Miller Gallery will present Comic Release: Negotiating Identity for a New Generation

PITTSBURGH—Carnegie Mellon's Regina Gouger Miller Gallery will present Comic Release: Negotiating Identity for a New Generation, an exhibition of work by artists who use cartoon and comic imagery, graphic novelists and more than 100 young artists who make and distribute zines.

The exhibition will open with a reception from 6 - 8 p.m., Friday, Jan. 17, 2003, in the Regina Gouger Miller Gallery, Purnell Center for the Arts, on the Carnegie Mellon campus and continues through March 21. The gallery hours are Tuesday - Sunday, 11:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Comic Release is a comprehensive exhibition about comic language. Artists from around the world are telling stories through cartoon imagery and they often use this accessible, widely recognized imagery to address difficult issues.

The artists take on difficult topics from events like the Holocaust and 9/11, to social inequities and personal issues. They create complex tales that at times make us laugh at ourselves. Vicky A. Clark, independent curator and adjunct professor in the School of Art at Carnegie Mellon who helped to organize the exhibit, said, "These artists use comic language and humor to interest people in serious and controversial issues. Humor is not always about something funny; it is a way of deflecting feelings of anger, isolation and resentment." The exhibition is co-curated with Barbara Bloemink, curatorial director at the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, Rick Gribenas, artist and exhibitions coordinator at the Regina Miller Gallery, and Ana Merino, assistant professor at Appalachian State University.

A 180-page, color catalogue is being published by DAP Inc. in the spring. It will feature work by the artists and essays by Clark, Bloemink and Merino, an original zine by Gribenas, and an original cartoon by Post-Gazette cartoonist and Carnegie Mellon alumnus Rob Rogers.

After March 21 the exhibition will travel to the Center for Contemporary Art in New Orleans, the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas, and Western Washington University in Bellingham, Wash.

The exhibition is made possible by the Elizabeth Firestone Graham Foundation, The Heinz Endowment, Regina Miller and Marlin Miller, National Endowment for the Arts, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, Juliet Lea Hillman Simonds Foundation, Inc., The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts through the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, and Pamela Auchincloss.

The Regina Gouger Miller Gallery is organized through Carnegie Mellon's College of Fine Arts, a community of nationally and internationally recognized artists and professionals organized into five schools, Architecture, Art, Design, Drama and Music, and its associated centers and programs.

For more information on the Regina Gouger Miller Gallery exhibit, contact Rick Gribenas at 412-268-4982 or email richard5@andrew.cmu.edu. For more information on the College of Fine Arts, contact Eric Sloss at 412-268-5765 or email ecs@andrew.cmu.edu.

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