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EMERGING ARTS PRESENTS MEDIAMIX: A MULTIMEDIA EVENT TO BENEFIT THE ARTS AND HIGHLIGHT EMERGING TALENT

-Saturday, April 26, Party at Chelsea's Altman Building to feature art, performances and more-

Emerging Arts ® is pleased to announce MediaMix, a new monthly multimedia art event launching on Saturday, April 26, 2003 at the Altman Building in Chelsea (Located at 135 W. 18th Street, New York City). The exhibition will feature the work of over thirty emerging artists, including Katerina LaFranco, Jennifer Jimenez, Jessica Cannon, Elizabeth Sibilia, Brandon Friend, Aaron Johnson, Bill Warren, Craig Miller and others.

MediaMix is produced in association with Artsy Magazine, Community Word Project, Open Stage Theater, Earthrise Arts, and Metro Event Planners.

artsy, the magazine dedicated to emerging female artists and writers, will show ten artists as well as present a fashion show by Curliegirl. During the event, artsy will be the focus of a documentary film being made.

Clay McLeod Chapman, author of the recently published novel Miss Corpus (Hyperion, February 2003) and playwright of Redbird, currently running at The Culture Project, will perform an excerpt of his long-running off-off-Broadway sensation "The Pumpkin Pie Show" with Hannah Cheek in the main performance space. Jami Attenberg, author of the recently published Deli Life (So New Media), will also read a selection of her work.

Musical performances include DJ Saskai (Giant Step/Echolounge), Joshua Gabriel (Green Galactic) and Baroque Monad (Earthrise Arts). Modern dance by Jason Akira Somma and multimedia installations will be featured in the main performance space throughout the evening.

Artist Mark Malmgren will paint 8 oil paintings and 80 watercolors during the show and then sell the paintings at the event and donate the proceeds to The Community-Word Project (CWP), a not-for-profit arts-in-education based in New York City that seeks to increase the literacy and leadership of at-risk public school youth by integrating creative expression and community-building into their classroom curriculum.

This event will also feature the Blue Button Project, a collaborative effort between artist Nancy Hwang and activist James Wagner to "provide a symbolic medium for those who have serious questions about the war on Iraq and demand a more engaged dialogue about the war on terror."

The Altman Building is a 10,000 sq. foot gallery space in the heart of Chelsea. "Love, Art, and War," held there by Emerging Arts on Feb. 22, drew nearly a thousand people and gained mention in the New York Sun.

Emerging Arts® is a nonprofit cultural group dedicated to promoting the work of emerging artists active in both established and experimental mediums, including multimedia, photography, music, dance, theatre, film, painting and digital video. Visit www.emergingarts.org for more.

-by Lauren Cerand, PR Director
(212) 957-1835
lauren@emergingarts.org