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Contact:
Eric C. Sloss
412-268-5765

For immediate release:
January 20, 2003

Carnegie Mellon's College of Fine Arts Hires New Gallery Director

PITTSBURGH—Carnegie Mellon's College of Fine Arts is pleased to announce the hiring of Jenny Strayer, gallery director of the Regina Gouger Miller Gallery.

Strayer has a bachelor of science in anthropology/zoology from University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She has a master of art in American Culture Studies from Bowling Green State University (concentrating in American Art, Museum Studies and Aesthetics) and did graduate work in the history of art and architecture at University of Illinois-Chicago. In 1996, she completed her Ph.D. in American Studies at University of Iowa, concentrating on post-Civil War Visual Culture, Material Culture and Cultural Landscapes/The Built Environment.

Martin Prekop, the Gumberg Family Dean of the College of Fine Arts, said, "Jenny Strayer brings impressive experience in the areas of community outreach, advocacy and progressive arts programming that will expose and elevate the Regina Gouger Miller Gallery's profile."

Strayer most recently held the position of public art manager for Arts in Transit in St. Louis, Missouri. There, she directed projects including Olafur Eliasson's "Ohne Titel" light installation, and "Red Ball," a series of temporary installations in St. Louis and Barcelona by Kurt Perschke. She recently co-curated "305.21: The Distance Between Us," shown at Fort Gondo Compound for the Arts in St. Louis and Dupreau Gallery in Chicago.

"I'm very excited about the opportunity to work with others at the university and in the community to build on the gallery's strong record. Collaborating with others in the city to produce first-rate works and events that impact the campus, the region, and the broader arts community is a primary goal," said Strayer.

The Regina Gouger Miller Gallery is organized through Carnegie Mellon's College of Fine Arts. The College of Fine Arts is a community of nationally and internationally recognized artists and professionals organized into five schools, Architecture, Art, Design, Drama and Music, and their associated centers and programs. For more information on the Regina Gouger Miller Gallery director or the College of Fine Arts contact Eric Sloss at 412-268-5765 or email ecs@andrew.cmu.edu.

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