The College of Fine Arts (CFA) will open its doors to the campus community, the public, alumni and friends for the CFA Winter Celebration weekend Friday, Dec. 9, and Saturday, Dec. 10. During the celebration, all schools and programs within CFA will host events that celebrate the talented work of current students. Here’s a schedule of events:

On Friday, Dec. 9, Miller Gallery and the School of Design at Carnegie Mellon will host a reception for current exhibition, “Climactic: Post Normal Design” and the “FOCUS: CMU School of Design Senior Exhibition.” The reception is free and open to the public; it takes place from 6-8 p.m. The exhibitions run through Sunday, Dec. 11.

Theater-goers can check out groundbreaking work through the School of Drama’s annual Playground performances on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. The performances are the culmination of a weeklong break from classes during which all students had the opportunity to create new pieces that test the boundaries of their creativity. All shows will take place in the Purnell Center on campus. Call the Box Office at 412-268-2407 for tickets, or stop by the office in the Purnell Center.

The combined forces of Carnegie Mellon’s Philharmonic and Chorus will perform a wide variety of music during the weekend. This annual seasonal concert conducted by Andrés Cárdenes, Daniel Nesta Curtis and Thomas W. Douglas will feature a mix of works including Franz von Suppé’s Overture to Morning, Noon and Night in Vienna, Randall Thompson’s a cappella choral work Alleluia, John Williams’ Three Holiday Songs from Home Alone, a lively selection of polkas and marches by Johan and Josef Strauss, as well as works by Davis Good and Richard Strauss.

The first concert takes place at noon Friday, Dec. 9, in CFA’s Great Hall on campus; it is free and open to the public. The second winter concert is 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, at the Carnegie Music Hall in Oakland. To purchase tickets, visit: Both concerts are sponsored in part by TIAA, which is lending its support for the third consecutive year.

The BXA Intercollege Degree Programs will present, “Seminar I: Remixing the Wunderkammer Exhibition,” from 5-6:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9, in CFA Room 303. BXA first-year seminar students through this exhibition invite attendees to explore 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.

On Saturday, Dec. 10, Future Tenant will unveil She Called It a Bug, an interactive online exhibition experience allowing viewers from all over the world to experience Internet-based works by Pittsburgh artists. The exhibition will be accessible on Future Tenant’s website,, through Jan. 15. 

Art students at Carnegie Mellon University open their studios to the public for one night only at “Everything Must Go,” the School of Art’s annual Open Studio day and holiday art sale. Open Studio activities take place Friday, Dec. 9, from 6 to 10 p.m. on the third and fourth floors of the College of Fine Arts building. The event features more than 50 artist studios displaying a wide range of work from painting, sculpture and print-making to digital and interactive artworks, video screenings and live performance. Music from WRCT 88.3 DJs and food by Conflict Kitchen will round out the party’s creative atmosphere. Open Studio is organized by the School of Art’s Senior Class of 2017.

Students in the School of Architecture will be participating in final reviews of semester-long design projects. Visitors will get a glimpse of the future of architecture from second-year students reimagining urban agriculture in post-industrial cities (Margaret Morrison Carnegie Hall 303 & 320, Friday, Dec. 9, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.); from third-year students digitally engaging ecological systems (CFA 214, Friday, Dec. 9, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.); and from the upper-level Urban Design Build Studio (Margaret Morrison 203, Friday, Dec. 9, from noon to 3 p.m.).


About Carnegie Mellon University: Carnegie Mellon is a private, internationally ranked research university with programs in areas ranging from science, technology and business, to public policy, the humanities and the arts. More than 13,000 students in the university's seven schools and colleges benefit from a small student-to-faculty ratio and an education characterized by its focus on creating and implementing solutions for real problems, interdisciplinary collaboration and innovation.