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Contact:
Eric Sloss
412-268-5765

For immediate release:
April 24, 2006

Carnegie Mellon School of Art Senior Awarded Fulbright Scholarship To Travel to Korea

PITTSBURGH—Bum Lee, a senior in Carnegie Mellon University's School of Art, has been awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to study in Korea.

"Bum Lee's accomplishments are many, as he has taken full advantage of the collaborative, interdisciplinary learning environment at Carnegie Mellon," said Susanne Slavick, head of the School of Art. "The School of Art, his home base, is a place where he has been able to work side by side with computer science students and artists.

"That he proposed a project in Korea also reflects the School of Art's encouragement of international engagement as essential to the practice of contemporary artists," Slavick added. "Lee's bi-national experience and creative initiative blend to generate dynamic works in a variety of media. We're anticipating a wonderful future for him."

Lee, who was born in Seoul, Korea, and moved to America with his family when he was 6 years old, works in various mediums. His most recent work was inspired by "Animation Art and Technology," a course that focuses on projects combining art and technology. His work has been shown in national venues, such as the 2005 SIGGRAPH annual conference in Los Angeles and the recent "Animal Nature" exhibit at Carnegie Mellon's Regina Gouger Miller Gallery.

While in Korea, Lee may have an opportunity to work with fellow Carnegie Mellon students, as the School of Art recently initiated an exchange program at Korean National University of the Arts in Seoul.

For the past 50 years the Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES) has administered the Fulbright Scholarship Program, the U.S. government's academic exchange program, on behalf of the U.S. Department of State and bureaus of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Founded in 1947, CIES is a private organization and a division of the Institute of International Education. CIES works with American and international universities, major scholarship organizations, bi-national Fulbright Commissions in 51 countries and 90 U.S. diplomatic posts around the world.

The College of Fine Arts is a community of nationally and internationally recognized artists and professionals organized into schools of Architecture, Art, Design, Drama and Music, and their associated centers and programs. For more information on the College of Fine Arts or the School of Art, contact Eric Sloss at 412-268-5765 or ecs@andrew.cmu.edu.

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