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Feb. 26: Carnegie Mellon's Miller Gallery Presents Shared Exhibit Between Carnegie Mellon Students and Three Japanese Art Schools


Eric Sloss                           

Carnegie Mellon's Miller Gallery Presents Shared Exhibit
Between Carnegie Mellon Students and Three Japanese Art Schools

PITTSBURGH — The Regina Gouger Miller Gallery at Carnegie Mellon University presents TRANSIT 2008, an exhibition that runs from Feb. 29 through March 9. An opening reception will be held from 5 to 8 p.m., Friday, Feb. 29 in the gallery.

ImageTRANSIT 2008 is the latest installment of an 11-year exchange between the School of Art at Carnegie Mellon and Kyoto University of Art & Design, Nagoya Zokei University of Art & Design (NZU) and Tokyo Zokei University.

"In producing and presenting their artwork in new environments and venues, our students are better prepared to make an impact as emerging artists in a global arena," said Andrew Johnson, one of the three coordinating professors. "Cultural exchange is paramount in forming critical perspective, challenging assumptions, fostering understanding and creating personal stakes in learning from and with others. International collaboration forms friendships that establish mutual goals and opportunities to achieve them."

TRANSIT 2008 continues a relationship that began in 1997, when School of Art faculty were invited to NZU for a joint exhibition at Aichi Prefectural Museum of Art. In 2000, the Miller Gallery presented "Nagoya Works on Paper," which showcased a diverse group of works on Japanese handmade paper, Mino-Washi. Five years later, Carnegie Mellon art students demonstrated their interactive artworks at Nagoya's Yada Gallery, the World Expo Fairgrounds and on Japanese television when Carnegie Mellon joined TRANSIT, an international consortium of art schools that fosters exchange.

Last fall NZU organized TRANSIT 2007, which traveled from Nagoya to Tokyo and Kyoto. The 2008 version at the Miller Gallery will feature site-specific installations created while the artists are in Pittsburgh along with drawings, paintings, sculptures, printmaking, video and new media works. Susanne Slavick, the Andrew W. Mellon Professor of Art, and Golan Levin, associate professor of art, are coordinating this exhibition with Johnson.

"TRANSIT 2008 will be illuminating for its participants, aesthetically engaging for gallery visitors and a whole lot of fun," Johnson said.

For more information, visit The gallery, which is located in the Purnell Center for the Arts, is open from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday. Admission is free.

Photo by Yuko Asai from Nagoya Zokei University of Art & Design