Carnegie Mellon University
February 13, 2014

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon International Drawing Symposium Explores Processes, Materials, Transformative Ideas

Contacts: Lauren Goshinski / School of Art / 412-268-1533 /
                Pam Wigley / Media Relations / 412-268-1047 /
Shantell MartinPITTSBURGH—The School of Art at Carnegie Mellon University, in partnership with the University of the Arts London, presents DRAW2014, a symposium bringing together artists and practitioners from CMU, Pittsburgh and around the world, Feb. 27 - March 1.

DRAW2014 features more than 25 challenging and inspiring workshops, artist commissions, lectures, exhibitions and events. The public is invited to attend this unique and exciting conference to explore the ways that the simple act of drawing is flourishing and evolving today.

Because of limited space, paid registration is required to attend workshops and special events. Keynote lectures and exhibitions are free. Secondary teachers who register can receive ACT48 credit. Host locations include the Frank-Ratchye STUDIO for Creative Inquiry, Miller Gallery and School of Art at CMU, Carnegie Museum of Art and Artists Image Resource.

Register by Feb. 20 at View the complete event schedule at

DRAW2014 Highlights

* Keynote lectures from Amy Sillman (2014 Distinguished Lepper Lecturer and visiting artist at CMU); Stephen Farthing (University of the Arts London faculty and painter); Helen Molesworth (Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston chief curator); and Shahzia Sikander (Pakistani-American artist known for her politically rich, experimental take on Indo-Persian miniature painting).

* A group figure-drawing session at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 27, with live models led by 2013 Carnegie International artist and prizewinner Nicole Eisenman in the Carnegie Museum of Art's Grand Hall of Sculpture.

* Afternoon workshops on Friday, Feb. 28, and Saturday, March 1, led by visiting artists, CMU faculty and alumni, span silverpoint, comics and animation, generative drawing with code, botanical illustration, post-Google drawing, drawing as political action, drawing as performance and much more.

* Drawing arcade from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, March 1, at CMU's Miller Gallery with local artists, illustrators, bookmakers and more showing and selling work, doing demos, providing information and provoking conversation.

* Multimedia performance by fashion/art "it girl" Shantell Martin, animations and interactive games by James Paterson, cash bar and more from 7:30 to 11:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 28, at the Frank-Ratchye STUDIO for Creative Inquiry, College of Fine Arts Building.

* Drawing Exhibition + Reception at 7:30 p.m., March 1, at Artists Image Resource, featuring work by CMU and University of the Arts London faculty, performance by Ali Momeni & Jenny Schmid, DJ Soy Sos and more.

Changes to the schedule will be posted at
Questions about the series can be directed to 412.268.2409 or


Shantell Martin (pictured above) will give a multimedia performance Friday, Feb. 28, at CMU's Frank-Ratchye STUDIO for Creative Inquiry. Her work is a meditation of black and white lines; a language of characters, creatures and messages that invite her viewers to share a role in her creative process.