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March 19: Carnegie Mellon's Miller Gallery Presents MFA Thesis Exhibition "Upper Management" Through April 18


Eric Sloss                            

Carnegie Mellon's Miller Gallery Presents MFA Thesis
Exhibition "Upper Management" Through April 18

PITTSBURGH—Carnegie Mellon University's 2009 Master of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition, "Upper Management," will be on view from March 20 through April 18 at the Miller Gallery at Carnegie Mellon. The five MFA candidates featured in the exhibition are Jennifer Gooch, Joseph Hays, Samina Mansuri, Michael Nixon and Gregory Witt. An opening reception will be held from 6 to 8 p.m., Friday, March 20. The reception is free and open to the public.
"If you have any interest in contemporary art then this exhibition is a must see," said John Carson, head of Carnegie Mellon's School of Art. "Five MFA graduates will present a variety of work, from the deceptively simple poetic interventions of Gooch's artwork to Hays, who proposes a playful approach to environmental and social concerns through kinetic sculptures. With her fabricated aerial views of fictional locations, Mansuri substitutes media generated images of war zones. Nixon uses photography to poignantly represent the post-industrial urban fabric of Pittsburgh. Witt invents ingenuous machines which intrigue, entertain and delight."
Through her work, Gooch seeks to find simple solutions to enormous problems, bringing "what-ifs" to fruition and treading the territory between the private and the public. Gooch's projects, music and portfolio can be seen at
Hays builds participatory public works that integrate natural systems into the built environment and promote ecologically productive and cost-effective urban renewal. More about his human waste composting project and magazine can be found at
Mansuri investigates the concepts of place, memory and trauma by appropriating media depictions of war-torn areas such as Pakistan, Afghanistan, Palestine and Iraq, and fabricating aerial views of fictional sites.
Nixon represents the spirit of Pittsburgh through poetic, abstract photography that highlights the urban, post-industrial landscape. Nixon's work can be found at
Witt creates mechanical and digital machines of familiar subjects that combine carpentry, robotics and video. Examples of Witt's kinetic work can be seen at
Artist talks will be held from noon to 1 p.m., Friday, March 27 on the third floor of the gallery. The Miller Gallery is located in the Purnell Center for the Arts on Carnegie Mellon's campus. Admission to the gallery is free and open to the public from noon to 6 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday. For more information, visit