New Director for Carnegie Mellon’s Gallery; New Roving Gallery for Bahrain

Astria Suparak, a curator known for her efforts to highlight emerging and international artists, has been named the new director of Carnegie Mellon University’s Regina Gouger Miller Gallery, effective March 1. Suparak’s cutting-edge exhibitions often employ a variety of media, from painting and photography to craft and electronic arts. Suparak, who succeeds interim director Petra Fallaux, comes to Carnegie Mellon from Syracuse University’s Warehouse Gallery, a public, nonprofit art gallery. She has also curated exhibitions independently in Montreal and New York. “Astria Suparak will bring a great deal of energy and vision to her new position as director of the Regina Gouger Miller Gallery,” said Hilary Robinson, dean of the College of Fine Arts. Suparak curated the Warehouse Gallery’s show, “COME ON: Desire Under the Female Gaze,” in late 2007. She described the exhibition as “unabashed explorations and unapologetic articulations of female libido” and an attempt to break down the notion of dichotomous gender.

Bahrain artists will be given the opportunity to showcase their work at a moving art gallery being launched on Thursday, reports Rebecca Torr in the Gulf Daily News. Artlounge is a concept that aims to bring local artists and art lovers together through exhibitions to be held at different locations around the country every two months. Part of the proceeds from the sales will be given to a local children's charity, and free art workshops will also be provided to youngsters. Artlounge is spearheaded by Bahrain-based artists Marion Labani and Demi McLeod. They will launch the concept at a joint exhibition showcasing a selection of new work they have created in Bahrain over the last year. About forty pieces will go on display at the exhibition, which opens on Thursday at a private villa in Budaiya, Bahrain.