Carnegie Mellon Press Release: March 26, 2004
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Contact:
Eric C. Sloss
412-268-5765

For immediate release:
March 26, 2004

The Regina Gouger Miller Gallery Presents Carnegie Mellon School of Art Master of Fine Arts Student Exhibition

PITTSBURGH—"Shock and Awesome," the 2004 Carnegie Mellon University School of Art Master of Fine Arts exhibition, will open 5-8 p.m. Friday, March 26, in the Regina Gouger Miller Gallery on the Carnegie Mellon campus. The opening will include a performance and a reception, made possible by donations from the East End Food Co-op, Glades Pike Winery, Penn Macaroni, Yuengling Brewery and Whole Foods.

Susanne Slavick, head of the School of Art, said, "The exhibition is sure to be an engaging and provocative exhibit by a dynamic group of innovative artists." Living up to the school's #2 national ranking of MFA programs in multimedia, "these artists integrate an array of media to probe an equally diverse range of ideas and expression, attuned to both timeless and contemporary conditions."

MFA candidates who are exhibiting include: Cassandra Jones, whose photographic displays explore the monumental power of images in our personal lives as well as in our collective conscience; Lilith Bailey-Kroll, whose work investigates the tension between utilitarian function and metaphorical representation (Bailey-Kroll has collaborated with Joanne Bailey from Jgourmet Catering in Oakland, Calif., to use food as a sculptural medium); Shana Moulton, who presents documentation of a multimedia performance and video projections with original music by Jacob Ciocci and Aaron Brenner; Siobhan Rigg, who has constructed an installation and rehearsal space within the gallery as part of "The City Inside," a project that presents the city as a theater; Ruth Stanford, who transports her transformation of a Mattress Factory property to the gallery through photographically printed fabric scrims that address the complexity and fragility of the past; and Fereshteh Toosi, who, inspired by popular western depictions of pan-middle-eastern nationalism, has created her own version of a bowerbird's den.

Special events on and off campus include a live video feed to the Zebra Lounge, noon - 5 p.m. April 5, featuring Fereshteh Toosi, Shana Moulton and Siobhan Rigg. The Zebra Lounge is located in the Great Hall of the College of Fine Arts building on the Carnegie Mellon campus. Ruth Stanford's "What Remains," located at 516 Sampsonia Way, will open at the Mattress Factory (500 Sampsonia Way) 5-7 p.m. Saturday, April 3. Cassandra Jones, Lilith Bailey-Kroll and Ruth Stanford will give artist talks noon-2 p.m. Friday, April 9. All events are free and open to the public.

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

Exhibitions at the Miller 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 the College of Fine Arts at Carnegie Mellon.

The School of Art is one of five schools within 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 Architecture, Art, Design, Drama and Music, and their associated centers and programs.

For more information about the Master of Fine Arts student exhibition contact Regina Gouger Miller Gallery Director Jenny Strayer at 412-268-3877 or jstrayer@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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