Carnegie Mellon University
April 18, 2019

BXA Kaleidoscope To Showcase Student and Alumni Creative Work

By Liam O'Connell and Emily Syes

Emily Syes
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The BXA Intercollege Degree Programs at Carnegie Mellon University give students a chance to pursue creative projects which span two or more disciplines. Students and alumni from the interdisciplinary programs — Bachelor of Computer Science and Arts (BCSA), Humanities and Arts (BHA), Science and Arts (BSA), and Engineering and Arts additional major (EA) — will present creative projects on the third floor of the College of Fine Arts, as part of BXA's annual showcase, "Kaleidoscope." The exhibition will be on view to the public April 25-30, with a reception on 4-7 p.m. on April 26.

"The BXA seminars and classes we take really make an effort to encourage pulling inspiration and project ideas from all locations, and exploring things that maybe wouldn't be as heavily encouraged in a more one-sided program," BXA first-year Annalyn Smith said of her experience in the program. "Kaleidoscope" will feature work from areas of study in the College of Fine Arts — architecture, art, design, drama and music — much of which is inspired by students concentrations in CMU's other academic colleges. Student work from BXA Seminars II and III will also be featured.

In honor of the 25th anniversary of the BXA programs, "Kaleidoscope" features alumni work for the first time in its history. Student interns have been working this semester to plan the event and to encourage students and alumni to submit their work.

"Kaleidoscope is an amazing opportunity where BXA students are able to come together to share their individual pieces and also to see what amazing creations the BXA program itself has helped to shape," said intern Aerin Kim, who has been working to curate "Kaleidoscope."

Father of Neuroscience
"Father of Neuroscience" by Odelia Cheng

These creations include 2D and 3D artwork, musical compositions and creative computing projects. Pictured above, "Father of Neuroscience" by BSA senior Odelia Cheng depicts Spanish neuroscientist Santiago Ramon y Cajal. Work from alumni includes pieces such as "I Looked And Looked" by alumnus Magali Duzant, who graduated in 2009 with a bachelor's degree of humanities and arts, that tells the story of the sky and full moon of Oct. 29, 2012 — compiled from narratives from 20 different artists across the country. These two examples highlight the wide range of interests and perspectives that comprise the BXA Programs, and that will be on display at this year's "Kaleidoscope."