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Eric Sloss

For immediate release:
October 8, 2003

Carnegie Mellon Research Facility Hosts Conference on Art and Change

PITTSBURGH—3 Rivers 2nd Nature, a project of the STUDIO for Creative Inquiry in Carnegie Mellon University's College of Fine Arts, will host artists and theorists throughout the U.S. and England to discuss its work, expertise and knowledge in relation to art, community development, ecology and change at The Monongahela Conference. The conference, open to the public, will be held at 4:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 23, at the Carnegie Museum of Art, and at 1:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 25, at the Carnegie Library in Braddock, Pa.

The goal of the conference is for artists and community members to share and develop ideas about art and its ability to affect change in post-industrial communities.

"We've established a conference that goes to the question of art and society in a post-industrial context," said Tim Collins and Reiko Goto, who direct 3 Rivers 2nd Nature (3R2N) as fellows in the STUDIO for Creative Inquiry. "All participants are colleagues and visiting artists are interested in the social and ecological area of art research and practice."

At The Monongahela Conference participants will discuss the relationship of their art to both post-industrial problems and opportunities. Collins sees the conference as having the potential to help clarify the widely divergent field of social-sculpture and ecological art on which the 3R2N project was built.

The momentum behind the field spawned from German artist Joseph Beuy's theory on social-sculpture, which claimed "everyone is an artist" and that together all kinds of art and work can help shape social organizations. Collins, director of the 3 Rivers 2nd Nature project, received a grant from The Pittsburgh Foundation to support the conference.

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.

Lecture/Discussion Dates Open to the Community:

Thursday, Oct. 23 Carnegie Museum of Art Theatre, 4400 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh
4:30 - 6:30 p.m.: Presentation by PLATFORM of London, a five-person team that has been involved in art and environmental campaigns throughout Europe, followed by discussion.
Co-sponsored by Carnegie Mellon School of Art and the Center for the Arts in Society.

6:30 - 8 p.m.: Panel discussion by authors Suzi Gablik, Grant Kester and Malcolm Miles followed by an open discussion.

Saturday, Oct. 25 Carnegie Library, 419 Library Street, Braddock
1:30 - 3:30 p.m.: Town meeting to which all community members are invited.

For more information on the conference, contact Tim Collins 412-268-3673 or tcollins@andrew.cmu,edu.

For more information on the College of Fine Arts, contact Eric Sloss at 412-268-5765 or


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