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March 15: Carnegie Mellon Hosts Panel Discussion on Northern Ireland Art, March 22


Eric Sloss

Carnegie Mellon Hosts Panel Discussion
On Northern Ireland Art, March 22

PITTSBURGH—Carnegie Mellon University's School of Art will host "Tidings: New Turns in Art From Northern Ireland," a panel discussion about the current political and social situation in Northern Ireland and how artists are reacting to the political shift of power and accord. The discussion will take place at 6 p.m., Thursday, March 22, on the third floor of the Regina Gouger Miller Gallery. A reception will follow.     

Carnegie Mellon panelists include Hilary Robinson, the Stanley and Marcia Gumberg Dean of the College of Fine Arts; John Carson, head of the School of Art; David Miller, professor of history; and moderator Melissa Ragona, assistant professor of art.     

"These artists address a variety of subjects, in many different media, to explain a range of issues still permeating Northern Ireland — and also what it might mean to be an artist in a place undergoing political transition," Robinson said.     

The panel takes place in conjunction with "Tides," an exhibition of nine Northern Ireland artists now showing at the Regina Gouger Miller Gallery. The panelists will also offer perspectives on the exhibition, discuss the themes and issues raised by the artwork, and invite responses from the audience.     

"Tidings: New Turns in Art from Northern Ireland" is funded in part by the generosity of Tim Condron Designs.    

The Regina Gouger Miller Gallery hours are 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday. The gallery is located in the Purnell Center for the Arts, 5000 Forbes Ave., on Carnegie Mellon's Oakland campus. Parking is available in the East Campus Parking Garage, which is free after 5 p.m. and on weekends. The Morewood Lot is also free on weekends. The gallery is open to the public and does not charge admission.    

Exhibitions at the 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 the College of Fine Arts at Carnegie Mellon. For more information, visit


About the Panelists:

  • Hilary Robinson became the Stanley and Marcia Gumberg Dean of the College of Fine Arts at Carnegie Mellon on Aug. 1, 2005. Previously, she was head of the School of Art and Design at the University of Ulster in Northern Ireland. Robinson earned a bachelor's degree in painting and a master's degree in cultural history at the Royal College of Art in London, where she received the Allan Lane Award for Outstanding Contribution to Cultural Theory. She received her Ph.D. at the University of Leeds on the implications for art practices of the work of French philosopher Luce Irigaray. Robinson's published works are in the field of contemporary and feminist art theory. Her publications include the books "Visibly Female" (1987), "Feminism-Art-Theory 1968-2000" (2001) and "Reading Art, Reading Irigaray: the Politics of Art by Women" (2006).
  • John Carson, recently appointed head of the School of Art at Carnegie Mellon, is an artist from Belfast, Northern Ireland. He received his bachelor's degree from the Belfast College of Art and Design at the University of Ulster in 1977, and his master's degree from the California Institute of the Arts in 1983. From 1985 until 1991, he was curator and production director with London's pioneering organization Artangel, which presented temporary projects in a variety of public contexts. In 1991, he joined the faculty at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London, acting as course director for its bachelor of fine art program from 1999 until 2006. As artist, curator and educator he has always been interested in the interface between art and society, and how art relates to the social and political conditions of its time.
  • David Miller researches Irish social history, primarily between 1760 and 1870. He is currently writing a book under the working title "Ulster Presbyterians and Irish Catholics, 1829–69." This study embraces both interpretive approaches to religious ideas and institutions, and quantitative approaches to religious behavior and the sources of conflict in mid-19th century Ireland — especially the massive changes in class structure associated with the famine of the 1840s. Miller also serves as coordinator of Carnegie Mellon's minor in religious studies.
  • Melissa Ragona is an assistant professor of art at Carnegie Mellon. Her critical and creative work focuses on sound design, film theory, and new media practice and reception. She has published art and film criticism in the MIT Press Journal, October, the Duke University Press, and has forthcoming essays in the Centre for British Film and Television Studies; Highgate Press, London; and in a collection on experimental film sound from Illinois University Press. She is currently working on a book manuscript, "Readymade Sound: Andy Warhol's Recording Aesthetics."