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Contact:
Eric C. Sloss
412-268-5765

For immediate release:
February 6, 2003

Carnegie Mellon's School of Art Students to Collaborate with Virginia Commonwealth University

PITTSBURGH—Graduate students from the master of fine arts programs of Carnegie Mellon University's School of Art and Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) in Richmond, Va., will collaborate on an exhibit and public performance starting Monday, Feb. 10, continuing through Saturday, Feb. 22, at Future Tenant, 801 Liberty Avenue in the heart of the Cultural District in downtown Pittsburgh.

There will be an opening reception at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14, and a closing reception at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22, at Future Tenant. Visiting hours are Tuesday through Saturday, noon - 6 p.m.

The "2nd Annual Trans-Appalachian Tractor Pull" fosters ties between two very successful, yet different, art academic programs. Carnegie Mellon's School of Art is internationally recognized for its pioneering interdisciplinary work and community-oriented art practices. VCU is known for its top-ranked sculpture department.

The event will inaugurate the space of Future Tenant, a project space and venue for artists at Carnegie Mellon and around the region, in cooperation with the Heinz School's Masters of Arts Management program and The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust.

Susanne Slavick, head of the School of Art, said, "The ongoing relationship between our graduate students and VCU is a wonderful confluence of high energy, smart art and just plain fun. The Appalachians have been no great divide to conquer for these graduate students, a group of provocative artists who are committed to putting their art out there and engaging the community."

The work includes a weeklong performance by VCU artist Alessandra Torres, who will live in an incubator, modeled after a newborn baby incubator, scaled to fit her adult body. There will be music and performances by artists from Chicago and Brooklyn, New York.

The School of Art is one of five schools in Carnegie Mellon's College of Fine Arts. The College of Fine Arts is a community of nationally and internationally recognized artists and professionals organized into five schools: Architecture, Art, Design, Drama and Music and their associated centers and programs.

For more information on Virginia Commonwealth University visit www.vcu.edu/artweb/Sculpture/POST/post.htm. For more information on the performance at Future Tenant, the School of Art or the College of Fine Arts contact Eric Sloss at 412-268-5765 or email ecs@andrew.cmu.edu.

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