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Eric Sloss

For immediate release:
November 16, 2004

Carnegie Mellon School of Art Offers "Earthworks and Sacred Landscapes," Summer Study Program Open to Students from All Disciplines and Universities

PITTSBURGH—May 16-31, 2005, Carnegie Mellon University School of Art faculty members Elaine A. King and Ruth Stanford will lead "Earthworks and Sacred Landscapes," a summer study program that will allow students to explore natural monuments, sacred Native American grounds and Earthworks in America's Southwest. For this unique opportunity, Carnegie Mellon School of Art is welcoming not only art students, but also students from all disciplines and from any university.

King and Stanford have designed the program to explore a series of interconnected themes, including the aesthetic qualities of nature, the position of Earthworks in the natural setting and differences between actual and virtual experience. These explorations will be supplemented with on-site guest lecturers, including Dr. Maureen Korp, author of the book "Earthworks and Sacred Sites." Preliminary plans would take students to see Robert Smithson's "Spiral Jetty," in Great Salt Lake, Utah; Nancy Holt's "Sun Tunnels," also in Utah; Walter De Maria's "Lightning Fields," in New Mexico; Charles Ross's "Star Axis," in New Mexico; and James Turrell's "Roden Crater," in Arizona. In addition to these Earthworks, King and Stanford also plan to take students to New Mexico's Chaco Culture National Historical Park and Aztec Ruins National Monument, Colorado's Mesa Verde National Park, Arizona's Grand Canyon National Park and Utah's Canyonlands National Park.

Participating students will receive up to nine academic credits for this summer study, credit applicable to art studio, art history or humanities programs. At the conclusion of the trip, students will be required to synthesize their knowledge in either an analytical paper or in an artist project. Student works created for the artist projects will be displayed in an exhibition at Carnegie Mellon in fall 2005.

A professor of art history and theory in Carnegie Mellon's School of Art, King is not only an art historian, but also an art critic and international curator. She is a former director of the Center for Contemporary Art in Cincinnati.

Stanford is an adjunct professor of art at Carnegie Mellon and at Chatham College. A sculptor, an ecologist and a former endangered species biologist, Stanford received her MFA from Carnegie Mellon in 2004.

To register for "Earthworks and Sacred Landscapes," contact Elaine A. King at or call 412-268-1970. For any other information, please contact Eric Sloss at 412-268-5765 or


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