Carnegie Mellon University
November 28, 2011

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon's College of Fine Arts Hosts College-Wide Holiday Extravaganza, Dec. 9

Come Early, Stay Late and Pick Up Unique Gifts Along the Way

Contact: Lauren Goshinski / 412-268-1533 /

PITTSBURGH—The College of Fine Arts at Carnegie Mellon University will host its fourth annual Open Studio Day from noon to 10 p.m., Friday, Dec. 9, featuring a variety of performances and events that showcase student work and ongoing projects from the schools of Architecture, Art, Drama, Music, the STUDIO for Creative Inquiry and Miller Gallery.

Open to the public, all activities are less than a five-minute walk from one another on the Pittsburgh campus. Here’s a look at the day’s activities:

Tour the Miller Gallery in the Purnell Center for the Arts: Noon – 6 p.m., free admission

View the Miller Gallery’s portion of the 2011 Pittsburgh Biennial, and shop for unique and affordable gifts, books and prints at the Miller Gallery Store. On view through Dec. 11, the exhibition features artists who work collaboratively to help impact the future of neighborhoods, cities, nations and societies, and demonstrate the importance of intimate conversations and compassionate listening in creating change. New work from Justseeds, Lize Mogel, Sarah Ross and Ryan Griffis, subRosa, Temporary Services and the Transformazium include sculpture, printmaking, painting, video and publications.

Attend the School of Music’s Annual Holiday Concert: Noon, Rangos Hall, University Center (free admission); 8 p.m., Carnegie Music Hall, Oakland ($5 in advance, $7 at the door)

Professor of Music Robert Page will conduct the combined forces of the Carnegie Mellon Philharmonic, Concert Choir and Repertory Chorus in holiday favorites and some lesser-known treasures. The noon performance will be broadcast live on WQED-FM 89.3. The program features “Fantasia On Christmas Carols” by Ralph Vaughan Williams with baritone soloist Daniel Teadt, a voice faculty member at the School of Music; “Pantomime and Scene” from “Hansel And Gretel”; the Tom Scott a cappella arrangement of the spiritual “The Story Of The Twelve”; and the Chanukah song by Marvin Hamlisch, “Chanukah Lights.” To purchase advance tickets for the evening performance, go to

See student projects in the School of Architecture: 1:30 – 6:30 p.m., Margaret Morrison Carnegie Hall (MMCH) and College of Fine Arts (CFA) building, free admission

Reviews feature projects for Frick Park’s Nine Mile Run watershed at 1:30 p.m. in MMCH 203 and library designs for Lawrenceville in MMCH 303; proposals for Joyce Theater at the World Trade Center site by drama students in the Theater Architecture program at 3 p.m. in CFA Alumni Concert Hall; and designs for elementary schools at 6:30 p.m. in MMCH 303 and 403.
Tour the School of Art Open Studio Day, “IDK, SRY”: 5 - 9 p.m., CFA third and fourth floors, free admission

The Open Studio features more than 40 senior artist studios with works in progress spanning sculpture, video and 2D, plus a Holiday Art Sale with everything from DIY fashion, paintings and prints to performances and predictions for mankind in 2012. A reception from 7 – 9 p.m. features WRCT 88.3FM DJs, food, drink and entertainment. For more information, call the School of Art at 412-268-2409.

The STUDIO for Creative Inquiry hosts “Envisioning High Point Pittsburgh”: 5 – 7 p.m., CFA 111, free admission, RSVP appreciated by email:

STUDIO Fellow David Bear and a team of CMU architecture and civil and environmental engineering students will present the possibilities for transforming the rooftop of the 64-story U. S. Steel Tower into a publicly-accessible green roof park — a “pinnacle of perspective.” For more, go to
School of Drama presents “Mad Forest” by Caryl Churchill: 8 p.m. through Dec. 10, Philip Chosky Theater, Purnell Center for the Arts ($15 adults/general, $10 students, at the door or in advance)

Directed by Jed Allen Harris, associate teaching professor in The John Wells Directing Program, “Mad Forest” changes our expectations about the nature of civic revolution, and the people left to pick up the pieces. Written by Caryl Churchill shortly after the 1989 fall of Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceausescu, “Mad Forest” uses a blend of theatrical journalism and magical realism to provide an account of this wrenching moment in European history.  For details on ticket prices and orders, call the School of Drama box office at 412.268.2407 or visit