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October 17th, 1997
Museum And Collab Host Student Design Competition

In conjunction with the exhibition Philippe Starck Designs (on view at the Philadelphia Museum of Art from November 12, 1997, through March 1, 1998), the Art Museum and COLLAB (a group of design professionals who support the Museum's 20th-century design collections) are hosting a competition for college-level design students.

COLLAB and the Art Museum have sponsored annual student design competitions since 1993. This year, participants have been asked to create an ice bucket appropriate for use in the Mondrian Hotel, Hollywood, a recent collaboration between hotelier/entrepreneur Ian Schrager and iconoclastic designer Philippe Starck. Starck is renowned for his ability to transform the most ordinary item (such as an ice bucket) into an object of unusual and fantastic design.

Winning submissions will be announced on Friday, November 7, at 2:45 p.m. in the Museum's Seminar Room. Judges for this year's competition are: Karen Daroff, Principal, Daroff Design, Philadelphia; Charity Marshall, Director, AIA Bookstore and Design Center, Philadelphia; Tony Tsirantonakis, Metcalf + Tsirantonakis Architects, Philadelphia; John Wind, Owner, Maximal Art, Philadelphia; and Kathryn Hiesinger, Curator of European Decorative Arts after 1700, Philadelphia Museum of Art. After the awards ceremony, participants will have the opportunity to discuss their projects with the judges.

Ten exemplary ice buckets will be installed in the Daffy's Store Window Dedicated to the Arts in Philadelphia (at 17th and Chestnut Streets) for approximately three weeks following the competition.

Mr. Schrager will speak at the Museum, and receive COLLAB's 1997 Design Excellence Award, on Wednesday, November 12, 1997, at 6:00 p.m. in the Van Pelt Auditorium. Tickets for the event are $5 for adults, and $3 for students (after Museum admission), and may be purchased at the Museum box office or by calling (215) 235-SHOW. Seating is limited; children under 12 are not permitted in the auditorium.

The Philadelphia Museum of Art is among the largest museums in the United States, with a collection of more than 227,000 works of art and more than 200 galleries presenting painting, sculpture, works on paper, photography, decorative arts, textiles, and architectural settings from Asia, Europe, Latin America, and the United States. Its facilities include its landmark Main Building on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, the Perelman Building, located nearby on Pennsylvania Avenue, the Rodin Museum on the 2200 block of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, and two 18th-century houses in Fairmount Park, Mount Pleasant and Cedar Grove. The Museum offers a wide variety of activities for public audiences, including special exhibitions, programs for children and families, lectures, concerts and films.

For additional information, contact the Communications Department of the Philadelphia Museum of Art phone at 215-684-7860, by fax at 215-235-0050, or by e-mail at pressroom@philamuseum.org. The Philadelphia Museum of Art is located on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway at 26th Street. For general information, call (215) 763-8100.

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