Carnegie Mellon Press Release: January 5, 2004
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Eric Sloss

For immediate release:
January 5, 2004

National Endowment for the Arts Funds Artist Residency Program At Carnegie Mellon's STUDIO for Creative Inquiry

PITTSBURGH—The STUDIO for Creative Inquiry at Carnegie Mellon University has received a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) for the support of a one-year Artist Residency Project with an emphasis on artist collectives. The grant was made in the NEA's Creativity Category in the field of Visual Arts.

The National Endowment for the Arts provides national recognition and support to significant projects of artistic excellence, thus preserving and enhancing our nation's diverse cultural heritage. The endowment was created by Congress and established in 1965 as an independent agency of the federal government. Since then it has awarded more than 117,000 grants to arts organizations and artists in all 50 states and the six U.S. jurisdictions. This public investment in the nation's cultural life has resulted in both new and classic works of art reaching every corner of America.

According to Marge Myers, associate director of the STUDIO, this grant is a confirmation of the STUDIO's belief that artists working collaboratively can lead complex processes in both imaginative and useful directions and have a profound impact on the most pressing issues and concerns of our times.

"This is a very strong national endorsement of our program concept and an important grant for a Pittsburgh organization. This is an exciting and positive next step in the STUDIO's interdisciplinary life and demonstrates the NEA's commitment to the STUDIO's work," said Myers. "It will help to leverage other funding, ensure our programmatic goals are maintained, enhance our ability to reach more communities, and maximize our impact in the arts and beyond."

Artists from across the spectrum of the arts applied for the residencies in an open, competitive process. A panel of artists, scientists, engineers and other professionals reviewed the applications and awardees will be announced in mid-January. For more information on NEA grants, go to

The STUDIO was formed in 1989 in the university's College of Fine Arts to support creation and exploration in the arts, especially interdisciplinary projects that bring together the arts, science, technology and the humanities, and impact local and global communities.

For further information on the STUDIO and the Artist Residency Program, visit the STUDIO's Web site: or contact Marge Myers at 412-268-3454.

The STUDIO for Creative Inquiry is one of three programs of interdisciplinary work 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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