Burton Morris to Appear on "The Apprentice"
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Burton Morris to Appear on "The Apprentice"

Pop Artist Burton Morris (A'86) will appear on primetime television Thursday, April 28, when he guest stars on NBC-TV's "The Apprentice," featuring legendary land developer and entrepreneur Donald Trump. The show airs at 9 p.m. (Eastern Time).

Morris will join the contestants competing for a job with Trump's empire as they race to create a work of art.

Morris, a Pittsburgh native who graduated from Carnegie Mellon's College of Fine Arts in 1986, has been called the "King of Pop Art" for his bold, brilliant-colored interpretations of everyday items, such as popcorn, coffee cups, Heinz Ketchup bottles and Volkswagen "Love Bugs." He credits fellow Carnegie Mellon alumnus Andy Warhol (A'49) for "opening the doors to the kind of work I'm doing today."

Morris was selected by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to design the promotional materials for the 76th Academy Awards in 2004. He has exhibited his work in prestigious art galleries and art festivals around the world, and his pieces hang in the private collections of many Hollywood stars, including Brad Pitt, Jennifer Aniston and John Travolta. Morris was the official artist for the 38th Montreux Jazz Festival and for the U.S. Olympic Team during the 2004 Summer Games.

While Morris will make a personal appearance on primetime television this Thursday, he's no stranger to the bright lights. For years, his work appeared on the set of "Friends" and "Just Shoot Me," and a new NBC pilot, "Dante," will also include his artwork.

For more on Burton Morris, visit http://www.burtonmorris.com

Bruce Gerson
April 25, 2005

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