Carnegie Mellon University
December 02, 2013

Press Release: College of Fine Arts Presents Open Studio Day Friday, Dec. 6

Contact: Pam Wigley / 412-268-1047 /

PITTSBURGH—The College of Fine Arts (CFA) will host a celebration of its schools and programs through Open Studio Day on Friday, Dec. 6. If you love art in any form, you'll find something to do at CFA that day. 

Here's the schedule of events:

Open Studio DaySchool of Art:  The Open Studio Day concept originated with the School of Art, and this year's talented students are offering up some exceptional work. From 5 to 9 p.m. on the third and fourth floors of the CFA Building get a behind-the-scenes look into the artists' studios and work in progress. You also can purchase artwork as part of the holiday art sale and enjoy food, drink and WRCT DJ sessions. And don't miss performance art on the lawn outside CFA when a bubble dome takes center stage.

BXA Intercollege Degree Programs:  Visit "Building BXA" — a temporary exhibition space that students have created to foster a unified BXA community. The space, located at the base of the CFA South Stairwell (just off the elevator), will be open to visitors from 5 to 9 p.m. with a special welcome and introduction by the builders at 7 p.m. The lounge is intended to gather BXA students across disciplines and promote engagement and interaction among BXA, CFA and the university as a whole. You also can check out the BXA Freshman Seminar class exhibition, "Remixing the Wunderkammer," from 5 to 6:30 p.m., in CFA Room 303. This show is the culmination of a semester spent thinking about aesthetic theory, collection and curation, and the interdisciplinary nature of creative and scholarly life.

School of Music:  The annual Holiday Concert presented by the School of Music will take place at noon in the Great Hall of CFA. Under the direction of CMU alumna Maria Sensi Sellner, professor and interim director of choirs, the concert showcases the combined forces of the Carnegie Mellon Philharmonic, Concert Choir and Repertory Chorus. The performance is free and open to the public with first-come, first-served seating.

Note: You can also see the annual Holiday Concert at 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5, at Carnegie Music Hall.

Miller Gallery:  The Miller Gallery will be open from noon to 6 p.m. Its current exhibit, "Alien She," is the first exhibition on the lasting impact on artists and cultural producers of the pioneering punk feminist movement Riot Grrrl, before touring it nationally. The exhibition focuses on seven contemporary artists working in a wide range of disciplines, including visual art, music, documentary film, new media, writing and performance, and provides a view into the passion and diversity of the original Riot Grrrl movement. 

CFA Building: Finally, take time to explore the beautiful CFA building itself, which celebrated 100 years of existence this year. The building has been called the crown jewel of architect Henry Hornbostel and features sculptures, murals and other hidden gems. One of those is the Frank-Ratchye STUDIO for Creative Inquiry, which supports a-typical anti-disciplinary practices at the intersection of art, science and technology. Take a moment to stop in and see what interesting things may be taking place.


Above: Jessica Aguero (left), pictured in her studio, peruses some of her artwork samples with a student visitor during 2012 Open Studio Days.