HPU To Host Fifth Annual Design, Art And Technology Symposium

HIGH POINT, N.C., Feb. 2, 2009 – High Point University will host “Design Matters,” the Fifth Annual Design, Art and Technology Symposium (DATS), on March 5-6. The event is free and open to the public; however, registration for the event is required no later than Feb. 20.

The symposium, featuring three special guests – Alexander Julian, James Grashow and Dr. Idit Harel Caperton – will begin with a reception in Sechrest Gallery on March 5 and will showcase the work of Grashow, an internationally known artist whose work ranges in scale from large environmental installations to small, delicately crafted objects. For Sechrest Gallery, Grashow and a team of 20-25 students will be constructing a sprawling, 20-foot-tall cardboard “Gulliver,” the central character in Jonathan Swift’s “Gulliver’s Travels.” The Gulliver Project, directed by Grashow, is being supported by a High Point University Cultural Programs Committee Mini-Grant.

“This year, DATS will focus on the underlying concept that design, as a fundamental component of creative endeavors – from fine arts to Web design to the design of functional objects – matters to all of us in multiple ways and across varying disciplines,” says Dr. Elizabeth Dull, coordinator of the Interior Design Program and the 2009 coordinator of the Design, Art and Technology Symposium at HPU.

March 6, day two of the symposium, will feature Julian, a trend-setting designer of apparel and home furnishings, and Caperton, known for developing open source technology for children, as keynote speakers and discussion leaders. Businesses, design studios, architecture firms, art agencies and others from the Triad will also display “how design matters to them” in the Design Expo exhibit in Norton Hall.

“The evolution of the Design, Art and Technology Symposium has paralleled that of the Center for Design Innovation for the past four years,” says Dr. Carol Strohecker, director of the Center for Design Innovation. “DATS is an important facet of our growth, just as it is an increasingly important component of efforts to strengthen the Piedmont Triad’s creative economy. I am delighted that Dr. Idit Harel Caperton will join this year’s symposium. She will broaden the discussions with her global perspective, her experience with computer interaction design, and her knowledge of educational technologies.”

Plans are for the Center for Design Innovation to be the host for DATS in 2010.

To register for the event, contact Dr. Elizabeth Dull, DATS coordinator at HPU, at edull@highpoint.edu or 336-841-9298, or contact Melody Hennessee at mhenness@highpoint.edu or 336-888-6355.

For more information, visit the DATS Web site at http://dats.highpoint.edu/.

At High Point University, every student receives an extraordinary education in a fun environment with caring people. HPU, located in the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina, is a liberal arts institution with more than 3,400 undergraduate and graduate students from more than 50 countries and more than 40 states at campuses in High Point and Winston-Salem. It is ranked by US News and World Report No. 5 among comprehensive universities in the South and No. 1 in its category among up-and-coming schools. Forbes.com ranks HPU in the top 6 percent among “America’s Best Colleges.” The university offers 66 undergraduate majors, 40 undergraduate minors and seven graduate-degree majors. It is accredited by the Commission of Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and is a member of the NCAA, Division I and the Big South Conference. Visit High Point University on the Web at www.highpoint.edu.

Chris DudleyVice President for Administration336-841-4530cdudley@highpoint.edu

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