Carnegie Mellon Press Release: April 7, 2004
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Contact:
Niloo Sobhani
412-268-9510

For immediate release:
April 7, 2004

The First Carnegie Mellon University Student and Alumni Art Sale Slated for April 17 During Spring Carnival

PITTSBURGH—Carnegie Mellon University will host the first student and alumni art sale "Untitled (2004)" during the annual Spring Carnival 6 -10 p.m. Saturday, April 17, in the University Center on the Carnegie Mellon campus. The art sale is in cooperation with the School of Art and sponsored by Spring Carnival, the Division of Student Affairs and Mudge House, a dormitory on Carnegie Mellon's campus.

The resident assistant staff at Mudge House conceived this idea while planning a student art show and sale involving the residents in their building. After some consideration, the idea expanded into a student and alumni art show and sale for the entire campus community. The art show is now bringing alumni from all over the nation, local Pittsburgh alumni and current students together to participate in the art sale.

Sandi Bryant (A1974) is excited to participate in the art sale because she envisioned it years before as a member of the alumni executive board. She said, "I tried to get a big alumni art show going so this is something that I was advocating years ago. I think our alumni do really well too. And it is great to see what everyone else is doing." Bryant herself is a well-established artist residing in Texas who will be bringing her own work to sell at the show.

A local artist, Anne Lopez (A1995), is also hoping to network with some of the other alumni that she will meet at the event while sharing more of her work with the Pittsburgh community. While working as a product designer and painter in Pittsburgh, Lopez has remained active in the Carnegie Mellon community as an occasional speaker on campus and a painting instructor during some semesters. Lopez has come to realize the great network of people that one gains access to upon becoming a graduate of Carnegie Mellon, "I think that being a student at Carnegie Mellon really makes you aware of the possibilities within the world that allow you to do great things, even if you don't end up doing exactly what you thought you would do in college," said Lopez.

The student participants are also preparing to present their work for purchase at the art sale. They are looking forward to meeting the alumni that have come before them in order to learn how the alumni were able to advance their careers. Courtney Chu, a graduating senior of the School of Design is interested in seeing if the alumni can give her tips on how to expand her clothing design business. Currently, Chu is selling her original pieces online, but feels hesitation when thinking about venturing beyond the comfortable limits of a campus community. "Students and alumni have all gone through same thing here on campus and we students are now about to go into a larger community, so I'd like to know about that transition," said Chu. "I will be selling clothing, vintage pieces that are remade into more wearable works." She hopes that the alumni present at the art show will be able to advise her. She also hopes to create a consumer base for her clothing at the art sale.

For more information about "Untitled (2004)" contact Niloo Sobhani at 412-268-9510 or by email at ns1h@andrew.cmu.edu.

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