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Teresa S. Thomas,

For immediate release:
July 24, 2002

Carnegie Mellon's Jill Watson Festival Across the Arts Features Lectures, Performances, Workshops and Exhibits

PITTSBURGH—Carnegie Mellon University's Jill Watson Festival Across the Arts will kick off on Sept. 18, 2002, on the university campus. The two-day festival will feature lectures, performances, workshops and exhibitions given by a variety of talented artists from a variety of disciplines.

The festival is presented by the College of Fine Arts at Carnegie Mellon to honor the life of Jill Watson, alumna and adjunct faculty member of the School of Architecture. The event was started in 1997, one year after Jill Watson died in the TWA Flight 800 crash, and is intended to provide creative programming for the transdisciplinary arts for the western Pennsylvania area. The Jill Watson Festival Across the Arts is made possible by the generous contributions of The Jill Watson Endowment and The Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and ProArts. The schedule for this year's events includes:

Wednesday, September 18

Carnegie Mellon Percussion Ensemble - 4:30 p.m., Lobby, Purnell Center for the Arts (PCA)

Susan Rawcliffe - 5 p.m., Main Stage, Chosky Theatre, PCA
With more than 25 years experience, Susan Rawcliffe is skilled in playing and creating ceramic instruments. Through research, she creates acoustical reproductions of ancient and contemporary instruments, learns to play them, then creates new instruments. Rawcliffe has received several grants including McKnight Visiting Composers Project, the California Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts. She has appeared on and off-Broadway, at several schools across the U.S. and Canada and at exhibitions nationally.

Droog Design - 6:15 p.m., Main Stage, Chosky Theatre, PCA
Droog Design, a world-renowned collective, has greatly influenced contemporary design. The members aim to stimulate discussion on design and have brought experimentation and a pre-industrial arts-and-crafts design process back to the table. Renny Ramakers, former editor of Industrial Ontwerpen magazine, and Gijs Bakker, avant-garde jewelry maker and famed art teacher, founded the collective nine years ago. Droog Design has grown into a global organization utilizing the skills of more than 50 industrial designers worldwide.

Janet Zweig - 7:30 p.m., Main Stage, Chosky Theatre, PCA
Janet Zweig works with computers as "thinking devices." She has received several awards and commissions including a system-wide interactive piece for the Hiawatha Line Light Rail in Minneapolis, a mosaic in New York City's Prince Street Station and several fellowships with the National Endowment for the Arts. She teaches at the Rhode Island School for Design and serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Artists' Books, and is the editor of Chain, a literary journal.

Michael Sorkin - 8:45 p.m., Main Stage, Chosky Theatre, PCA
Michael Sorkin is the principal of the Michael Sorkin Studio in New York City, an architectural design practice. He teaches at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna, The Copper Union and the Southern California Institute of Architecture, while serving as a contributing editor at Architectural Record, I.D. and Metropolis magazines. He served as the architecture critic of the Village Voice and published several books including "Variations on a Theme Park."

Thursday, September 19

Visiting artist/faculty workshops - 1:30-4:30 p.m.

Jaime McCarthy musical - 1:30-3 p.m., Helen Wayne Rauh Studio Theatre, PCA

With/Out.Flesh Dance Company - 3-4:30 p.m., Helen Wayne Rauh Studio Theatre, PCA

Jules Fisher - 5 p.m., Philip Chosky Theatre, PCA
Jules Fisher has lit more than 150 Broadway and off-Broadway shows during the course of his 30-year career. He has received 16 TonyŽ nominations and 7 Tony awards for his work in lighting design, a record in the category. When he wasn't busy lighting stages on Broadway, Fisher also served as lighting director for film, ballet, opera, television and concert tours, including the Who's "Tommy." A graduate of Carnegie Mellon's School of Drama, he serves as a theater consultant to architects and performing groups. Most recently, Fisher was a member of the design team who created the "Towers of Light" World Trade Center tribute.

Shirin Neshat - 6:30 p.m., Philip Chosky Theatre, PCA
A native of Iran, Shirin Neshat explores gender issues of Islamic culture in her artwork, focusing on the position of women in society. She uses her background to create works that represent universal ideas about loss, meaning and memory. Neshat's most recent works include films in the form of dual video projections, which seek to eliminate the passivity of traditional cinema by engaging the viewer in visual conversation. Her work, "Soliloquy," premiered at the 1999 Carnegie International.

Student Cabaret and Closing Reception - 8:30 p.m., Alumni Concert Hall, College of Fine Arts Building


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