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Date: Fri, 11 Jun 1999 18:27:54 -0400
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From: Robert Atkins <>
Subject: Artists Fellowships at CMU

Microsoft Artist-Residency Fellowship Program

Supported by a grant from Microsoft Corporation, the STUDIO for Creative
Inquiry in the College of Fine Arts at Carnegie Mellon University is
undertaking a one-year pilot program of residency fellowships.
Three artists will be selected from across the spectrum of all the arts
to receive fellowships through an open, competitive application process.
Fellowship residencies will start on October 1, 1999 and end on
September 30, 2000. (For additional information visit

This pilot fellowship program will connect three established artists and
a critic-historian-curator to the robust science-technology resources at
Carnegie Mellon. The artists will:
1) engage contemporary science-technology as it provides tools, media,
and content to their work,
2) assume leadership roles in generating and implementing complex,
collaborative projects, and
3) connect the process of the projects and its results to the larger

Artists will initiate projects and develop collaborative teams drawing
on faculty-researchers at Carnegie Mellon. In support of this endeavor,
the STUDIO has organized the direct participation of the major academic
divisions in science and technology at the university, including its
* Carnegie Institute of Technology (engineering),
* Mellon College of Science,
* Graduate School of Industrial Administration (business), and
* School of Computer Science.

A critic-historian-curator will participate as a Microsoft fellow in
conjunction with this program. This individual will be responsible for
establishing a dialogue about this program, evaluating its activities
and presenting the resulting work over the program's twelve-month

Fellowship Benefits
Fellows will receive annual stipends of $30,000 paid in twelve monthly
payments, a full Carnegie Mellon benefits packages including health
insurance, and round-trip air transportation expenses (or its
equivalent) between Pittsburgh and their home cities.
In addition, fellows will receive administrative support from the STUDIO
staff, including assistance in developing connections with potential
collaborators and facilities at the university. Office space in the
STUDIO and computing equipment will be provided to each fellow.

Fellowship Requirements
Each resident fellow will be expected to:
*Maintain residence at Pittsburgh from Oct. 1,1999 to Sept. 30, 2000.
*Present a culminating work developed with the collaborative team during
the residency year.
*Work within the community of artists and other professionals at the
STUDIO and the university towards enriching the overall
interdisciplinary arts culture.

Artists with established capabilities for working on complex,
collaborative projects in the science-technology arenas outlined above.
Current or former employees or affiliates of Microsoft Corporation or
Carnegie Mellon University are not eligible for these fellowships.

Application and Selection Process
Fellowship recipients will be selected based upon their capabilities as
revealed through resumes and documentation of prior work, their
established ability to work collaboratively on complex projects, and the
diversity of the four-person group of resident-fellows. The purpose of
this project is not only to advance the arts, but also to
cross-pollinate the disparate fields of endeavor at the university, to
leave a lasting imprint on the university's capabilities to support work
involving the arts and other disciplines, and to provide experiences
which can be subsequently returned to a diverse set of communities. The
selection panel will include artists, scientists, engineers and other

Applications should include the following material:
1) Resume
2) Written statement
Outline a general thrust of work that would, at least in theory, be
addressed during the residency period. While the statement is not to be
considered a specific project proposal, it should reveal a focused
interest in engaging and combining the scientific and technological
resources available at Carnegie Mellon in computer science and in
engineering, science or business. This will necessarily require an
investigation and understanding of the university's human and technical
resources, which can be determined in part from the university's web
3) References
Include the names, addresses, telephone numbers and e-mail addresses of
three professional references. No letters of recommendation will be
4) Documentation of prior work in any of the formats listed below:
*Slides - A maximum of 20. Label each slide with your name and slide
number, and indicate which side is the top. Include a typed, numbered
list identifying work by date, media, size, title and other information
as appropriate.
*Video tapes - VHS format only. Cue video tapes to the viewing point.
*Audio tapes - cassette format only. Cue audio tapes to the listening point.
*Film  - 16mm format only.
*Digital media on CD-ROM or Zip disk. Indicate application and operating
system used.
*Self-authored publications.
*URLs for web sites.
Limit the total time-based media selection to 10 minutes. Provide
appropriate, concise explanatory material. Provide a self-addressed
envelope for return of all materials.

Please send applications to:
Microsoft Artist-Residency Fellowship Program
STUDIO for Creative Inquiry
College of Fine Arts
Carnegie Mellon University
Pittsburgh, PA 15213-3890

Applications submitted by email or fax will not be accepted.

Complete applications must be received by July 12, 1999.
Fellowship recipients will be notified by August 4, 1999.

Questions about the program may be sent via email to

Project Partners

The STUDIO for Creative Inquiry
The STUDIO is a center for experimental and interdisciplinary arts in
the College of Fine Arts at Carnegie Mellon University. Founded in 1989,
the STUDIO connects artistic enterprises to academic disciplines across
the Carnegie Mellon campus, to the community of Pittsburgh and beyond.

All STUDIO projects are artist-generated. Work carried out over the
years by the STUDIO has typically engaged contemporary science and
technology, through projects incorporating disciplines from cell biology
to robotics to neuroscience to imaging technology. The generative
process utilized by the STUDIO seeds artistic experimentation through
artist residencies. Several seeded projects have evolved into major
collaborative efforts by interdisciplinary teams. Additional information
on the STUDIO and its projects can be found at

Microsoft Corporation
Microsoft's national corporate philanthropy focuses on enhancing access
to technology in communities with limited access, such as the creative
community. By funding a pilot residency program at the STUDIO for
Creative Inquiry, Microsoft is endeavoring to support and encourage
artists to integrate contemporary technologies into their practices by
providing access to that technology along with the opportunity to
collaborate with and otherwise benefit from the artistically and
technologically enriched environment of Carnegie Mellon. Additional
information on Microsoft's philanthropy can be found at

Carnegie Mellon University does not discriminate and Carnegie Mellon
University is required not to discriminate in admission, employment, or
administration of its programs or activities on the basis of race,
color, national origin, sex or handicap in violation of Title VI of the
Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972
and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 or other federal,
state, or local laws or executive orders.

In addition, Carnegie Mellon University does not discriminate in
admission, employment, or administration of its programs on the basis of
religion, creed, ancestry, belief, age, veteran status, sexual
orientation or in violation of federal, state, or local laws or
executive orders. However, in the judgment of the Carnegie Mellon Human
Relations Commission, the Department of Defense policy of "Don't ask,
don't tell, don't pursue," excludes openly gay, lesbian and bisexual
students from receiving ROTC scholarships or serving in the military.
Nevertheless, all ROTC classes at Carnegie Mellon University are
available to all students.
Inquiries concerning application of these statements should be directed
to the Provost, Carnegie Mellon University, 5000 Forbes Avenue,
Pittsburgh, PA 15213, telephone (412) 268-6684 or the Vice President for
Enrollment, Carnegie Mellon University, 5000 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh,
PA 15213, telephone (412) 268-2056.