Kaleidoscope Exhibits BHA & BSA Art
by Pearl Goldman, The Tartan, April 2, 2002
Interdisciplinary program displays year's work in annual event of honor. The unique nature of the of Bachelor of Humanities and Arts (BHA) and Bachelor of Science and Arts (BSA) curriculums warrants an exclusive showing of the common thread that ties both programs: the arts. Keleidoscope, now through May 6 in the University Center Gallery and the Baker A-level coffee area, exhibits the artwork of BHA and BSA students. The fourth annual multimedia exposition introduces to the Carnegie Mellon community the artistic output of 35 of the CFA interdisciplinary clan.
Unlike the departmentalized majors in most curriculums, the individual BHA and BSA students tailor their majors to comply with their preferred course load, within certain parameters. In essence, the CFA interdisciplinary structure allows students who crave a specific area of study to create their own major by combining a discipline in CFA and in either MCS or H&SS. The course load is comprised of classes which are of interest to each individual student so that the "major" is essentially a "concentration."
"It is the only way to get the right mix of background and context," said JP Roesch, a junior BHA student concentrating in visual media studies. Roesch's pursuit of combining interests in the humanities and film keeps him involved with CMUtv along with courses in the Center for Arts and Society, the research center affiliated with CFA and H&SS.
Coupled with the digital and fine art on display in the UC Gallery and Baker Hall will be the performing arts events by students concentrating in music and dance. The Purnell Center for the Arts will host an Indian classical dance and music of Bharata Natyam, both events sponsored by the BHA and BSA programs.
"This [annual show] is the only time that we [BHA and BSA] get to show our work together as our own entity, apart from CFA," said Marisa MacIsaac, a senior BHA student concentrating in 20th century visual culture and the organizer of this year's exhibition.
While participation is optional for BHA and BSA students, seniors are required to show their senior project work. MacIsaac extended her passion for the study of interaction between art and social change and devised a project that showed the interaction between people and her home state of Maine. Through research and the collection of miscellaneous visual items from Maine residents such as photos and stories, MacIsaac was able to explain art as a means of expression. Through May 6, the tight-knit community of students will show give CMU a taste of the unparalleled, unwonted college experience.