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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Go Behind-the-Scenes at Open Studio 2014

December 5, join us for our seventh annual Open Studio day from 5:00 to 10:00 p.m. in the College of Fine Arts building. Free and open to the public, this event offers a behind-the-scenes look at over 50 undergraduate and graduate artist studios with work-in-progress...

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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Statement in Support of Conflict Kitchen

Most of you will have seen the announcement from Interim Provost Nathan Urban about recent events concerning Conflict Kitchen, the art project by Professor Jon Rubin and Art alumna Dawn Weleski, that sets out to create awareness and promote understanding of people living in regions with which the United States is in conflict. Art is not about presenting a balanced view of ideas, but about offering a creative perspective that can often intensify the larger truth of a subject. Art often challenges assumptions or illustrates alternative points of view; it can incite passion and spark reflection and reconsideration of long-held beliefs or positions.  Art can provoke healthy discussion and debate, as noted by the provost’s message today. MORE
Monday, September 8, 2014

Fall 2014 Art Lecture Series

Internationally recognized artists, critics, and arts professionals from around the world visit CMU each semester to lecture on their practice and state of the arts today. See full bios and schedule HERE.

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Monday, September 1, 2014

Get To Know: Devan Shimoyama & Cara Benedetto

New year, new faces! Get to know 1-year visiting professor Devan Shimoyama and 2-year visting professor Cara Benedetto who will be teaching courses across drawing, painting, and print media.

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Monday, May 19, 2014

2014 Commencement + School of Art Diploma Ceremony May 18

Please join us in celebrating the graduating BFA, BXA and MFA classes of 2014 and take a last look at the Senior Art Exhibition "Actual Size".


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Monday, May 5, 2014

"Cluster Truck" An Art Show in 20-Foot U-Hauls

One Night Only! On May 1 from 5-8pm experience “Cluster Truck” - an outdoor art installation where 8 artists use 8 U-Haul Trucks as their personal gallery to showcase performances, sculptural installation, and participatory works. Trucks will be parked on the College of Fine Arts Lawn at Carnegie Mellon University. MORE
Monday, March 17, 2014

"Lossless" 2014 MFA Thesis Exhibition Opens March 28

Carl Bajandas, Oreen Cohen, and Yunmi Her present their final work in “Lossless,” the School of Art’s 2014 MFA Thesis Exhibition, opening from 6-8 p.m. Friday, March 28, in CMU’s Miller Gallery. The exhibition showcases large-scale installations, video, and sound-reactive art.

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Thursday, January 30, 2014

"Affect.Txt" Brings Text, Sound, Image Together Online

Text, sound, and image-based works by artists and scholars spanning Art, Computer Science, English, Human-Computer Interaction, Psychology, Engineering and Robotics are featured in "AFFECT.TXT": an on-line exhibition created by the ART WRITER undergraduate seminar. 

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Monday, January 6, 2014

MFA Exhibition "Gross Domestic Product" Opens Jan. 18

Ranging from multimedia installations, sculpture, and audience-interactive projects to sound, video and performance, first-and second-year MFA students present new work in “Gross Domestic Product", opening January 18 from 6-8pm at the Mine Factory.

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Saturday, January 4, 2014

Spring 2014 Lecture Series

Happy New Year! This semester series is especially robust, dovetailing with CMU's DRAW2014 Symposium and the 2013 Carnegie International at Carnegie Museum of Art. Free and open to the public, these talks by internationally acclaimed artists, plus related exhibitions and events, are not to miss.

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Friday, January 3, 2014

DRAW2014 Symposium Asks "Why Draw Now?"

From February 27 - March 1, immerse yourself in a weekend of challenging and inspiring artist talks, commissioned projects, hands-on workshops, demonstrations, and multi-media events that explore what drawing means today.

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Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Tough Art for Patient M

"Monstroscopy" created by Isla Hansen (MFA'15) and Luke Loeffler (MFA'13) for the Tough Art Residency at Pittsburgh's Children's Museum, gives people young and old the opportunity to explore the body of a mysterious being (Patient M), and watch some magical processes in action.

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Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Get To Know: Joshua Reiman + Claire Stigliani - New Visiting Faculty

Artists Joshua Reiman (sculpture) and Claire Stigliani (2D media) join the School of Art as Visiting Faculty for the next two years (2013-15). Don't miss out on taking one of their courses while you have the chance! MORE
Thursday, January 10, 2013

Spring 2013 Visiting Artist Lecture Series

Speakers include: Shana Moulton (February 5), Charles Atlas (February 12), Tehching Hseih (February 19), Diana Al-Hadid (February 26), Otto Peine (March 5), Carrie Mae Weems (March 26), Pyruupiru (April 2), and Allan Sekula (April 9). Related programming: "Interactive Art, Computational Design, Critical Making" (February 7) with CMU professor of electronic media and Director of the STUDIO for Creative Inquiry, Golan Levin, presented by CMU School of Design Lecture Series "Design the Future" and School of Architecture's "[En]Coding Architecture" Symposium; and "What Are Museums For?" (March 20) with the Guerilla Girls at the Carnegie Museum of Art.

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Wednesday, December 12, 2012

A Foot On Mars: Exploring the Red Planet for Art

On Dec 1st, Crew 119 and MFA Graduate student Dan Wilcox landed at the Mars Society's Mars Desert Research Station in Utah. In this Martian analog on Earth, the crew will spend 2 weeks living and working in a remote, simulated habitat: planning Extra Vehicular Activities, wearing space suits, exploring the terrain on foot or via rovers, maintain/upgrading systems, and experiencing a tin-can existence.  MORE
Sunday, November 18, 2012

Games Designer Paolo Pedercini Joins Tenure-Track Faculty

Pedercini's work bridges the art world and the most forward-looking fringes of the game industry and academia. MORE
Thursday, November 1, 2012

Time Shifts: Camille Utterback, 2012 Kraus Visiting Professor of Art

"Don’t be intimidated by technology, but once you can bend it to your will, don’t take it too seriously."  MORE
Friday, August 10, 2012

STRATA: The Pathway to Personal Enlightenment Begins Here

A two-hour investment may reap you a lifetime of returns, but this isn’t any sort of cash-and-carry deal you’ve ever considered.  Instead, your investment is time and the most essential prop is an open mind.

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Friday, August 3, 2012

Fall 2012 Visiting Artist Lecture Series

Camille Utterback, Nicholas Van Woert, Julie Heffernan, Graham Harman, Charles Atlas, Moyra Davey and Kimsooja and internationally acclaimed artists and writers whose work and research span sculpture, installation, computation, film and video, photography, and painting. All lectures are free and open to the public, Tuesdays, 5pm Kresge Theater in the College of Fine Arts building.

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Sunday, April 1, 2012

The Anti-Gravity Derby Is Back!

It’s the School of Art's Try-annual exposition of that iconic, ironic and bombastic event where concepts careen freely down the mild and wild racecourse of the Cut. The Anti-Gravity Art on a Roll Derby, returns on April 19, smack in the middle of CMU's Spring Carnival. This anarchic alternative to CMU's famed Buggy race is now open to all College of Fine Arts students, faculty, staff in Art, Architecture, Design, Drama, and Music.

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Saturday, March 10, 2012

2012 Senior Art Exhibition: Terms & Conditions

For the last four years, the School of Art has developed a new collection for premium existence in the contemporary world. In multiple clinical studies, we have found that our employees have made numerous ascensions in identity and community. MORE
Monday, February 27, 2012

2012 MFA Thesis Exhibition: The You Inside of Me

This group of seven artists are certainly not bound by convention, enjoy ruffling sensibilities, and posing awkward questions with their work. They each have very different practices, but what unites them is the exploratory nature of their approach, their irreverent (yet intensely serious) attitude, the critical rigor which they have developed in their 3 years at Carnegie Mellon, as well as the mutual respect and the supportive bond which they have formed, through the highs and lows of this MFA experience. MORE
Monday, February 20, 2012

From A to Z: New Faculty Expand the Meaning of Interdisciplinary Art

Say hello to Ali Momeni and Adam Zaretsky: new faculty in the School of Art who are helping to expand what it means to be an interdisciplinary artist and teacher in the 21st centutry.

Ali is a builder, composer and performer who makes use all manners of technology to explore the social lives of objects and their embedded performative qualities: ranging from kinetic sculptures and sound installations to urban interventions and music theater performance. Adam is an artist, court jester, mad-scientist and misbehaving ethicist working in the world of bioart.

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Friday, January 27, 2012

See You in LA: School of Art Travels to 2012 CAA Los Angeles

Join us February 24 for our annual Alumni & Friends Reception during the 2012 College Art Association Conference (Feb 22-25) in Los Angeles. The preeminent international forum for the visual arts bring together over 5,000 artists, art historians, students, educators, critics, curators, collectors, librarians, gallerists, and more. 

Don't miss presentations and exhibitions from Carnegie Mellon School of Art faculty and alumni at the conference and around town.
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Monday, January 9, 2012

Out of Rubble: Susanne Slavick Mines the Wake of War

Whether responding personally or collectively, how can artists recognize what has been destroyed and speak to how (or whether) it can be restored? Can their creative efforts redeem or act as empathic restitution? Can their efforts enact or embody recovery from ruin? OUT OF RUBBLE is a project that reacts to the wake of war - its realities and its representations.

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Thursday, December 22, 2011

Rubin, Peña 2011 Artists of the Year

Art faculty Jon Rubin and alumnus John Pena take home the 2011 Artist of the Year and Emerging Artist of the Year award, respectively. On view through January 22 at the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, there is still time to catch their exhibition.

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Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Dealing: Agnes Bolt's Virtual & IRL Intimacies

"Dealing" is a two-part project, whereby a series of private moments Agnes Bolt (MFA '12) intervened into the lives of two Washington DC art collectors, Philippa Hughes and Philip Barlow, with the intention of exploring the consequences of the artists’ undeniable presence in their lives. This is how it played out...

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Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Frostbite! POP Cabaret Returns With Winter Variety Show

POP Cabaret returns with a winter solstice celebration: "FROSTBITE", a rollicking variety show featuring Misfit Toys, Yule Logs and Holiday Calamity at the Warhol Museum, December 16, 2011.

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Tuesday, December 6, 2011

IDK SRY ;) 2011 Open Studio Day

40+ studios filled with works in progress from Senior painters, sculptors, performers, animators, writers and creators of spectacle. Meet students, faculty, and join us for a school-wide, end-of-semester celebration.

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Friday, April 29, 2011

2011 Art Awards Turns Royal Wedding

The 2011 Art Awards were not about to be shown up on April 29, 2011. No. We had pomp and circumstance to spare in this year's display of talent, tradition, innovation, fashion and...of course...love.

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Monday, April 18, 2011

SLOW DOWN! Anti-Gravtity Downhill Derby Returns to CMU

Pat Oleszko, 2010 Artist in Resonance, returned to oversee the races. Obscure messages were posted, strange contraptions emerged, people gathered and rubber-necked, as we revved our engines for the 2nd Annual Anti-Gravity Downhill Derby. MORE
Tuesday, February 15, 2011

End of Code

15 minutes, 5 years in the making, End of Code is a slowly cooked hyper-concentrated cocktail ready to explode in our face with its dense dialogues and fractal storytelling. MORE
Monday, January 10, 2011

The Art of Commencement

"...we were determined to extend this tradition with a mock "Visiting Artist Lecture Series" performance in which A.C and I assumed the roles of two world famous French/American artists who dabbled in kinetic sculptures constructed entirely from roadkill..."

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"For the Birds" is Theater in Flight

“For the Birds” is a visual symphony created by Daniel Allende and Tucker Marder (MFA16) for Pittsburgh's National Aviary’s Helen M. Schmidt FliteZone™ Theatre in celebration of International Migratory Bird Day. This collaboration aims to inspire a new perspective on and respect for the beauty and power of birds through theatrical performance.

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"Actual Size" 2014 Senior Exhibition Opens May 2

Fourty-three students graduating with bachelor’s degrees in fine art (BFA) and interdisciplinary art (BXA: art and computer science, humanities, and science) present final work in “Actual Size”, opening 6-8pm, Friday May 2 at CMU’s Miller GalleryThe exhibition spans video, performance, drawing, printmaking, photography, painting, sculpture, interactive and code-based works and more.

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Tour the Carnegie International with Trans-Q TV

In this special edition of Trans-Q TV, art critic, lecturer, lofty person Maria Denolt takes you on an exclusicve tour of the 2013 "Queernegie International" at the Carnegie Museum of Art. Catch Pittsburgh's largest exhibition of contemporary art from around the world before it closes on Sunday, March 16, 2014! 

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LIVE ARCHIVE: CMU + SAIC MFA Students Present Collaborative Exhibition

Pittsburgh meets Chicago at the Crucible Building, a warehouse space in Pittsburgh's Strip District, in this first-ever collaborative exhibition between 1st and 2nd year MFA students from Carnegie Mellon University and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.  "We hope this model of working together can affect the way ideas and art are generated, shared, and experienced across an academic and social spectrum." MORE

The Anti-Gravity Downhill Derby - A Short History

The Anti-Gravity Downhill Derby, a satirical parade presented by the School of Art, is a witty and provocative alternative to the buggy race tradition during Carnival at Carnegie Mellon University.

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2013 Senior Art Exhibition: I'm Feeling Lucky

Thirty-three students graduating with bachelor's degrees in fine arts and interdisciplinary arts present their final work in "I'm Feeling Lucky," opening from 6 to 8 p.m., Friday, May 3 at Carnegie Mellon University's Miller Gallery. The exhibition will be on view through May 18, with an artists and faculty talk at the gallery from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, May 14. Admission is free and open to the public.

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2013 MFA Thesis Exhibition: Basement Miracle

Seven MFA candidates present their final work in "Basement Mircale" the School of Art's 2013 MFA Thesis Exhibition, opening March 29 from 6-8pm in the Miller Gallery, at Carnegie Mellon University. The exhibition features new work by Scott Andrew, Felipe Castelblanco, Craig Fahner, Steve Gurysh, Luke Loeffler, Dan Wilcox, and Erin Womack

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Be A Real-Life Avatar for Iranian Citizens in "The Foreigner”

Art Professor Jon Rubin and Felipe Castelblanco (MFA '13) have created an exhibition that puts local residents in the shoes of Iranian citizens through simple mobile technology.
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Trans-Q TV Explores Gender, Sexuality, and Ecstatic Acts of Being

"We're interested in anyone producing creative work that challenge static concepts of gender and sexuality. Orientation and self-labeling is not a criteria, we are interested in what is available to push the limits of expression and lifestyles..."



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Extra Fancy: 1st & 2nd Year MFA Exhibition Returns to Bakery Square

1st and 2nd year MFA students take over the first floor of Bakery Square for their annual exhibition of new site-specific work. Opening night, March 30th, 2012, MFA students and Future Tenant team up for one huge opening celebration. MORE

Art Faculty and Alumni Exhibit in 2011 Pittsburgh Biennial

We couldn't help but notice and feel proud that a number of CMU faculty and alumni were in the galleries. On view through October 23, we recommend you make the rounds if you haven't already.

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POP Cabaret Puts a Spell On You

Turn-on to Robotic Burlesque! Beware of The Crawling Chaos! Succumb to Magic Spells!  Hilarious and horrifying thrills await you on October 28th.

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Art Crit Pgh

artcritpgh is a School of Art student blog featuring reviews of exhibitions, events, or collections that they have visited around Pittsburgh.

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Masters of the Universe: 2011 MFA Student Presentations

Fast and furious, 18 Masters of Fine Arts candidates present their work in a pecha kucha style round robin. MORE

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