The College of Fine Arts (CFA) will open its doors to the campus community, the public, alumni and friends beginning Friday, Dec. 8, and running through the weekend. During the CFA Winter Festival, all schools and programs within CFA host events that celebrate the talented work of its students. Here’s a schedule of events:

The School of Architecture will host “EX-Change” from 1-5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 10, in CFA Building rooms 200 and 214. This open studio and critical discussion looks at projects from the past semester, highlighting the exceptional student work stemming from the school.

The School of Art will host its annual Open Studios from 5-9 p.m. Friday Dec 8, on the third and fourth floors of the CFA Building. Juniors and seniors welcome the public to view their studios for one evening only. Reflecting the diversity of the university’s art program, students will install work in many mediums – including animation, drawing, painting, installation, photography, sculpture and video – in their studios and School of Art classrooms. Just in time for the holidays, several students also will have work on sale. Food and drink will be available, along with music courtesy of WRCT, Carnegie Mellon’s radio station.

The School of Design and Miller Gallery will host a reception on Friday, Dec. 8, from 6-8 p.m. to mark the opening of the CMU School of Design Senior Thesis Exhibition.  The show runs through Dec. 10 and features the innovative work of this talented group of seniors as they culminate their education and training in a dazzling array of forward-thinking projects.

The School of Drama’s annual Playground performances will take place in the Purnell Center from Thursday, Dec. 7, through the weekend. People can take advantage of these groundbreaking student works – which take place every half-hour. Seating is limited for some presentations. For more details, call the Box Office at 412-268-2407.  Or see the schedule at

The combined forces of Carnegie Mellon’s Philharmonic and Chorus will perform a wide variety of music at 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 8, at the Carnegie Music Hall in Oakland. Tickets: $10 General Admission; $5 Senior Citizens (65+); free for all students, CMU/Pitt faculty and staff. Tickets are available at:

The BXA Intercollege Degree Programs will present, “Seminar I:  Remixing the Wunderkammer Exhibition,” from 5-6:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 8, in CFA Room 303. BXA first-year seminar students host their class exhibition, which explores topics such as context, representation across media, remix and adaptation, ideology/ideologies, dream logic and reality, aesthetic vocabularies, collections and curation, intellectual property, and the instability of meaning. Influenced by Derrida, Althusser, Benjamin, Jay Z, Abramovic, Vi Hart, Freud, Marx, YouTube, Weschler, Thomas Browne, Austin Kleon, Michel Gondry, and many other artists and thinkers, this show is the culmination of a semester spent thinking about the interdisciplinary nature of creative and scholarly life. Free and open to the public.