Carnegie Mellon Press Release: January 12, 2004
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Eric Sloss

For immediate release:
January 12, 2004

Carnegie Mellon's Regina Gouger Miller Gallery Opens Two Compelling Exhibits

PITTSBURGH—The three floors of the Regina Gouger Miller Gallery at Carnegie Mellon University will be filled with installations of waterways and typography as two new exhibitions, "Adam Frelin: Recent Work" and "Typographically Speaking: The Art of Matthew Carter," open.

An opening reception will be held from 5-8 p.m. on Friday, January 16, in the Regina Gouger Miller Gallery.

Frelin's exhibition features three recent bodies of work: "Water Rerouting Initiatives," a series of works in which the natural course of water in public places is willfully redirected; Park Proposals, multimedia sculptures and installations that illustrate various designs for hypothetical public parks; and "Window Replacements," temporary vinyl windows for cars whose windows have been smashed due to accident or robbery.

Born in 1973 in Grove City, Pa., Frelin divided his undergraduate education between Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Hunter College and the Art Center of Lorenzo De' Medici in Florence. He has interned at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American Art and at the Guggenheim Museum in New York City. He received his master of fine arts at University of California, San Diego, where he was the recipient of the San Diego Fellowship and the National Endowment for the Arts College Art Association's Professional Development Fellowship.

Frelin has attended artist residencies at the Atlantic Center for the Arts, the Vermont Studio Center, the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, and the MacDowell Colony and was awarded a Gunk Foundation grant for an artist's book project. He has shown widely in the U.S. and abroad at such venues as The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, The Chicago Cultural Center and Mercer Union in Toronto. Two new projects by Frelin have been commissioned by the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis for 2004. Frelin is currently an assistant professor at Webster University until the spring of 2004, when he will leave to work on a research project in Kyoto, Japan, through the US/Japan Creative Artists Program.

"Typographically Speaking: The Art of Matthew Carter" celebrates the art and typography of Carter, a type designer with more than 40 years of experience in the field. Carter is internationally known as a designer with over 50 typefaces to his credit, including Bell Centennial, Miller News, Walker, Verdana and Georgia. Featured work includes hand-cut punches, computer-generated fonts and publications using those fonts.

Dan Boyarski, head of the School of Design, said, "Matthew Carter was trained as a punch-cutter as a young adult, and today he designs typefaces for computer screens. We are honored to have him visit our campus and share his love of letterforms with us."

"Typographically Speaking" was organized by the Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery and curated by Margaret Re, University of Maryland, Baltimore County. The exhibition and accompanying publication is made possible by a generous grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional support is provided by the Maryland State Arts Council; Baltimore County Commission on Arts & Sciences: Carter & Cone Type Inc. and private contributors. The School of Design, the Regina Gouger Miller Gallery and the AIGA Pittsburgh Chapter locally support the exhibition.

In addition to the opening reception for the exhibits, the following special events are scheduled: Frelin will give a lecture at 5 p.m. Thursday, January 15, in McConomy Auditorium in the University Center. Carter will give a gallery talk at 3 p.m. Sunday, January 25, in the gallery and he will deliver a lecture at 7 p.m. Monday, January 26, in Kresge Recital Hall in the College of Fine Arts building. A reception following the lecture will be given in the Regina Gouger Miller Gallery. All events are free and open to the public.

The Regina Gouger Miller Gallery is located in the Purnell Center on the Carnegie Mellon campus. Hours of operation are Tuesday - Sunday 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visitor parking is available in the East Campus Parking Garage, located on Forbes Avenue just east of the Morewood Avenue intersection.

For more information, contact Jenny Strayer at 412-268-3877 or by email at Exhibitions at the Regina Gouger Miller Gallery are supported in part by a grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, individual sponsors, the School of Art and College of Fine Arts at Carnegie Mellon.


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