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Eric Sloss

For immediate release:
February 12, 2003

Carnegie Mellon's STUDIO for Creative Inquiry Receives Grant from the Andy Warhol Foundation

PITTSBURGH—Carnegie Mellon University's STUDIO for Creative Inquiry's 3 Rivers 2nd Nature (3R2N) Project has received $75,000 from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.

The 3 Rivers 2nd Nature Project addresses the meaning, form and function of the three river systems and 53 streams of Allegheny County. This five-year project builds on the success of the program of ecosystem analysis and community dialogue developed on Nine Mile Run Greenway Project. It calls attention to public space and intends to inspire citizens to creative action and stewardship of the potential found in and along the rivers and streams of Allegheny County.

The 3R2N Project, directed by artists Tim Collins and Reiko Goto, is a mix of international and regional artists and theorists who will be in residence in Allegheny County creating art works, metaphors, dialogues, designs, performance, future plans and visions with post-industrial communities. The artists chosen have proven abilities at working in this manner and producing a range of affective processes and products.

"This Warhol-funded program provides a strategic cultural element of a five-year research effort. Our goal is to preach, teach and disseminate the idea that we are all artists with a primary responsibility for the creative transformation of our communities," said Collins.

Yona Backer, program officer for The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, said, "Artists Tim Collins and Reiko Goto have had success in taking on and managing ambitious, long-term community art projects. 3 Rivers 2nd Nature stands out as a powerful advocacy project that has the potential to significantly impact the future use of the abandoned waterfronts it is concerned with."

The STUDIO for Creative Inquiry is partnered with the 3 Rivers Wet Weather Demonstration Project (3RWWDP), municipals and nonprofit organizations. Scientists, engineers and policy experts from the 3RWWDP, ALCOSAN, the Allegheny County Health Department and the Rocky Mountain Institute complement the artist researchers that assembled this project team.

The STUDIO for Creative Inquiry was founded in 1989 to support experimental and cross-disciplinary work in the arts. It carries out this mission by providing artist residencies with stipends, commissions and facilities. The STUDIO maintains a work environment populated by a broad range of practitioners, including resident fellows, Carnegie Mellon faculty and students, and other associates. The STUDIO facilitates access to human and technical resources at Carnegie Mellon and throughout the Pittsburgh community and develops public venues for presenting innovative work.

The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts was established in 1987. In accordance with Andy Warhol's will, its mission is the advancement of the visual arts. The foundation is focused primarily on supporting work of a challenging and often experimental nature, while noting that the interpretation of those terms may vary from place to place and culture to culture. In this regard the foundation encourages curatorial research leading to new scholarship in the field of contemporary art.

The STUDIO for Creative Inquiry is one of three interdisciplinary research facilities within 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 the STUDIO for Creative Inquiry or the College of Fine Arts, contact Eric Sloss at 412-268-5765 or email


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