CMU art school hosts Open Studio Day — plus music — today



Carnegie Mellon’s College of Fine Arts offers its annual Open Studio Day this evening. It’s a chance to see what those clever art students are up to.

Student Jessica Aguero (left) welcomes a visitor at the 2012 Open Studio
  • Student Jessica Aguero (left) welcomes a visitor at the 2012 Open Studio

But first, some music: At noon today, the university’s School of Music presents its annual Holiday Concert, a joint performance of the Carnegie Mellon Philharmonic, Concert Choir and Repertory Chorus. The free program includes holiday- themed work by the likes of Bach, Prokofiev and Bernstein. The performance takes place in the College of Fine Art’s Great Hall. (Here’s a campus map.)

The open studio itself runs 5-9 p.m. in the College of Fine Arts Building. Check out the artists’ studios and works in progress. Artwork is for sale, and there are food and drink, and sounds from WRCT DJs. There’s even performance art out on the lawn; we hear a “bubble dome” is involved.

The event also includes "Building BMX," a temporary exhibition space for the university’s interdisciplinary degree programs (designed to get science and art students mixing, for instance). That space, also in the CFA Building, will also be active from 5-9 p.m., with an artist talk at 7 p.m.

And if you need to kill time on campus between the concert and the Open Studio, the Miller Gallery is open from noon to 6 p.m., currently featuring the riot-grrrl-themed exhibit Alien She . Here, too, admission is free.

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