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Eric Sloss

For immediate release:
May 14, 2003

Carnegie Mellon's College of Fine Arts Finishes the 2002-2003 Year with Major Activity

Carnegie Mellon University's College of Fine Arts will finish the 2002-2003 year with a number of scheduled commencement events, student exhibits and reviews to conclude a busy educational year.

Luis Rico-Gutierrez, associate dean of the College of Fine Arts, said, "the work in the college this year has been extraordinarily diverse: different disciplines, cultures and ethnic backgrounds came together to enrich student and faculty work. The College of Fine Arts' ongoing collaborations with other colleges and community art organizations in the Pittsburgh region made this year so unique."

The schools of the College of Fine Arts brought three exceptional artists to speak at Carnegie Mellon. The School of Music presented, in collaboration with the Pittsburgh Symphony, a conversation with Russian cellist Mstislav Rostropovich. The Center for the Arts in Society, Carnegie Mellon's School of Art and the Mattress Factory brought art legend James Turrell to McConomy Auditorium. Carnegie Mellon's School of Design, the School of Architecture and a number of environmental groups hosted renowned designer and architect William A. McDonough to speak to a full crowd about environmental design.

Carnegie Mellon's School of Drama closed its 2002-2003 season with a production of "One Red Flower: Letters From 'Nam." In addition, drama alum Rob Marshall found great success in his directorial debut of the movie "Chicago," winning a Golden Globe, the Director's Guild Award and many Academy Awards.

The year will close with class exhibits and projects presented at various locations across the Carnegie Mellon campus. Please see the schedule below for the remaining College of Fine Arts' year-end events.

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 or for a program of events please contact Eric Sloss at 412-268-5765 or email or visit

Carnegie Mellon School of Architecture
Bachelor of Architecture Final Critique
Saturday, May 17; Reception, 2 p.m.
CFA Room 200/Main Studio
After five years of hard work, the graduating class is showcasing some of its best projects. These include studio assignments, furniture built in shop, fashion design, photography, glassblowing and some designs done in the professional field. The class of 2003 has 43 different definitions of what architecture is and how it should respond to people.

Carnegie Mellon School of Art
BFA Senior Art Exhibition
"like, intense"
Closing Reception: Sunday, May 18, 12:30 - 2:30 p.m.
Regina Gouger Miller Gallery, Purnell Center for the Arts

The diploma ceremonies for the College of Fine Arts schools are as follows:

The School of Architecture diploma ceremony will be held Sunday, May 18, 1:30 p.m., Heinz Chapel.

The School of Art diploma ceremony will be held Sunday, May 18, 2:30 p.m., Chosky Theater, Purnell Center for the Arts, Carnegie Mellon campus.

The School of Design diploma ceremony will be held Saturday, May 17, 3 - 5 p.m., Rangos Hall 1, 2 and 3, University Center, Carnegie Mellon campus.

The School of Drama diploma ceremony will be held Sunday, May 18, 12:30 p.m., Chosky Theater, Purnell Center for the Arts, Carnegie Mellon campus.

The School of Music diploma ceremony will be held Sunday, May 18, 12:30 - 1 p.m., Kresge Recital Hall, College of Fine Arts Building, Carnegie Mellon campus.


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