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Nov. 8 - Art Collectives Panel

Contact: Eric Sloss

Carnegie Mellon's STUDIO for Creative Inquiry
Hosts Panel Discussion on Art Collectives 

PITTSBURGH—The STUDIO for Creative Inquiry at Carnegie Mellon University will host a panel discussion titled "Creativity in Collective" as part of the Alliance of Artist Communities Annual Conference at 10 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 11 in Rangos Hall in the University Center on the Carnegie Mellon campus. The discussion is free and open to the public.   

The "Creativity in Collective" panel will address issues related to artist collectives, such as sustainability, relationship-building with other arts institutions and historical perspectives on collectives.    

The panel, moderated by Robin Hewlett, will consist of artists representing highly accomplished artist collectives with diverse approaches to collective art-making. Panelists include Jim Costanzo, REPOhistory, New York; Carl DiSalvo and Nathan Martin, Carbon Defense League, Pittsburgh; Dara Greenwald, Pink Bloque, Samaras Project and others, Troy, New York; John Leanos, Burning Wagon Collective, San Francisco; and Hyla Willis, SubRosa, Chicago and Pittsburgh.   

The STUDIO for Creative Inquiry is a research center founded by Carnegie Mellon's College of Fine Arts in 1989 to support interdisciplinary projects that bring together the arts, science, technology and humanities, and the local and global communities.

The STUDIO has worked with a variety of artist collectives, including Critical Art Ensemble, the Institute for Applied Autonomy, Echo:System, and the Carbon Defense League. In recent years, the STUDIO initiated the Collective Artist Residency Project. With funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, the PA Council on the Arts and the Heinz Endowments, the project created two additional yearlong residencies for artists working in collectives.    

The Alliance of Artists Communities is the service organization for the field of artists' communities and residencies. The 200-member alliance gives a collective voice to these groups that serve as research and development labs for artists. For more information on the Alliance of Artists Communities or the panel discussion, contact Robin Hewlett at or 412-268-3454.