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March 28: Miller Gallery Hosts MFA Thesis Exhibition Through April 20


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Miller Gallery Hosts MFA Thesis Exhibition,
"A Moratorium on Make-Believe," Through April 20

PITTSBURGH—The 2008 Master of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition, "A Moratorium on Make-Believe" runs through April 20 at the Regina Gouger Miller Gallery at Carnegie Mellon University. School of Art Head John Carson says the six graduate students featured in the exhibition are restless and are always looking for new ideas and new ways of looking at the world.
2008 MFA Exhibit "Their practices are diverse, varying from orchestrated spectacles to understated ephemera, from split personalities to discreet objects, and from informal economies to invented mythologies," Carson said. "What links them, however, is a serious playfulness. Unwilling to settle, they thrive in an open-ended practice. The exploration, experiment and inquiry are as important as any resulting artifacts."
The six students featured in the exhibition are Chris Beauregard, Michelle Fried, Ben Kinsley, Eileen Maxson, John Peña and Ally Reeves.
Beauregard offers unhurried glimpses of a parallel world where everything is slightly and worryingly off kilter. These worlds are fantastic, hinting at a happier place than what we call reality. He contributes "Lazy Barricade," a sculpture of a police "do not cross line" that invites you to step over it.
For the exhibition, Fried starred in a self-produced video, "Stomach Trouble." The video follows Fried's comical adventure to cure herself, at the same time dealing with the chatter of her talking stomach and the charlatan Dr. Wolmuth, a "stomach detachment and rerouting" specialist. Visit for a taste of Fried's work.
Kinsley stages mischievous theatrical performances that border on anarchy in unexpected places. One such project occurred outside the Mattress Factory, where medieval knights fought for three hours to the accompaniment of a heavy metal band. Visit for videos and photos of Kinsley's projects.
Maxson, whose videos have been shown in Los Angeles, Dallas and New York, is simultaneously enthralled and repulsed by television. In her videos, she pokes fun at the media's version of reality through bogus characters and scenes. See some of Maxson's videos at
Peña will display graphite on paper drawings. Peña explores the role of art in the social landscape and finds the poetry and wonder in the everyday and the commonplace. Visit for a list and descriptions of past projects.
Reeves takes her art into the community in the spirit of generosity and human exchange. In the mobile museum project, Reeves biked around Pittsburgh with a small cabinet of strange and exotic objects in tow. Visit for more information on her projects.
Visit for additional information on the exhibition and the schedule of artist talks. 
The Regina Gouger Miller Gallery is located on the Carnegie Mellon campus. Hours of operation are 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday. Visitor parking is available in the East Campus Parking Garage, located on Forbes Avenue just east of the Morewood Avenue intersection.
For more information about the Master of Fine Arts student exhibition, contact the Regina Gouger Miller Gallery at 412-268-3618.