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April 26, 2011

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PITTSBURGH—Carnegie Mellon University seniors graduating with Bachelor of Fine Arts and Interdisciplinary Art degrees present culminating work in "MEGA," the 2011 Senior Exhibition organized by the School of Art. The exhibition is free and open to the public, with an opening reception from 6-8 p.m. on April 29 at the Miller Gallery on campus. The show will be on display in the Miller Gallery from April 29-May 14.

"MEGA," an acronym for "Massive Ego Graphical Amalgamation," symbolizes this group of seniors' interconnected artistic endeavors and identities as a community. Each student developed their own personal acronym to reflect their body of work, such as Zahra Ahmed's "Multicultural Environmental Guerrilla Abomination" or Michael Royce's "My Etc. Gold Aesthetic." As viewers travel through an exhibition spanning sculpture, video, installation, performance, print media, painting and a diversity of aesthetics, connections between artists' conceptual and technical interests can be made thanks to this playful device.
"As artists, our practices emerge from our individual experiences, perceptions, and goals, but the artistic spirit of our class as a whole is more than the sum of our works. We have developed a balance of influences from contemporary culture while we maintain our own unique modes of making art," said the 2011 student catalog and exhibition committee, who developed the title and brochures for the exhibition.

"Carnegie Mellon has no house style, and the work produced by this year's graduating class reflects the variety of interests and particular talents of each individual in the program. The 2011 Senior Exhibition includes work that is weird, glamorous, poetic, delicate, provocative, cryptic, outrageous, beautiful, ingenious, contemplative and more. Always searching and exploratory, their final exhibition is the culminating expression of their time at Carnegie Mellon as they strive for greater achievement," said John Carson, head of the School of Art.

"Sadly, one of the group, and a promising young artist, Jee Hoon Choi died in a tragic car accident, just a few weeks before he was due to graduate. He epitomized his peer group: using his time at college to the full, searching, striving, working hard, seeking new knowledge, developing his skills and thinking about how his art might make a worthwhile difference in the world. We will all miss him terribly, but we will remember him fondly and take strength and inspiration from his example," Carson said.

Exhibition brochures and catalogs will be available during the duration of the show at the Miller Gallery, or by request from the School of Art. For more information on the 2011 Senior Art Exhibition please visit or