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March 19: Miller Gallery Hosts ESCAPE PGH, Carnegie Mellon's Master of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition, March 19-April 18


Eric Sloss

Miller Gallery Hosts ESCAPE PGH, Carnegie Mellon's
Master of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition, March 19-April 18

PITTSBURGH—The Miller Gallery at Carnegie Mellon University hosts Carnegie Mellon's 2010 Master of Fine Arts (MFA) Thesis Exhibition, "ESCAPE PGH," March 19 - April 18. An opening reception will take place from 6 to 8 p.m., on Friday, March 19. The exhibition features paintings, kinetic video installations, sculpture, photography and text-based work by Brian Brown, Amanda Long, Leslie McAhren, Gian Carlos Silva de Jesus, Jonathan Trueblood and Derk Wolmuth. 

"In the MFA program at Carnegie Mellon we encourage the exploration of every available territory for artistic practice," said John Carson, the Regina and Marlin Miller Professor and head of the School of Art at Carnegie Mellon. "These six emerging artists will delight the eye, stretch the mind, arouse the senses, warm your heart, touch your wallet and give you cause for concern. I would like to congratulate this year's grad students, on the quality of their final show, the culminating achievement of their time here at Carnegie Mellon."

Brown creates dreamlike environments inhabited by strange characters, trying to create stories that are comforting to the artist. Long's project uses seductive imagery and environments that invite the viewer to look at the work in a different way. "I want to let the viewer into this magic, to move my audience into a transcendent space," Long said. McArhren is an effervescent performance artist whose work recognizes the cult of personality and acknowledges the relationship between art and commerce.

Silva de Jesus' art is in his engagement with strangers. He is a sculptor whose studio is the street and the sidewalk. Trueblood satirically examines aspects of popular culture and macho representations in sport and the media with drawings, photography, found imagery and text. Wolmuth appreciates simple structures like an igloo, yurt or garden shed. He will set up and create anywhere and claims "with the commonest of materials and techniques a humble dwelling or even a vehicle can be built."

Artist talks with Brown, McAhren and Silva de Jesus will take place from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m., Thursday, March 25 on the third floor of the Miller Gallery. Artist talks with Long, Trueblood and Wolmuth will be from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 30 on the second floor of the Miller Gallery. All events are free and open to the public.

The Miller Gallery is located on the Carnegie Mellon campus in the Purnell Center for the Arts near the intersection of Forbes and Morewood avenues. The Miller Gallery has free admission and is open to the public Tuesday through Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. Visitor parking is available in the East Campus Parking Garage, located on Forbes Ave. just east of the Morewood intersection. For more information including images and downloads, visit