Thirty-four emerging student designers and 51 professional designers from the U.S. have been selected to exhibit and feature their work in the 2019 Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space (PQ), the largest performance design event in the world. The 14th PQ will take place June 6-16, 2019, in Prague. The U.S. exhibition at the PQ is supported, in part, by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.
A pool of close to 300 designers submitted work that plays off of the rich ethnic culture and artistic diversity of the U.S. The selected works have been divided into three exhibitions: imagination, transformation, and a performance space architecture exhibition — theatre of our world.
Featured designers are allocated space to exhibit multiple images, videos, and interviews discussing their work and careers. Exhibited designers are allocated space to exhibit multiple images. All exhibited work will be presented in digital format and will include interactive digital display panels. After its run in Prague, this work will be a touring exhibition throughout the U.S.
“I am excited by the diversity and depth of talent of the 34 student/emerging designers and the 51 professional designers selected by curators to participate in PQ 2019,” said Kevin Rigdon, USITT’s Vice President of International Activities.
The PQ is often described as the olympics or world’s fair for performance designers. USITT has been a proud sponsor of the U.S. exhibition at the PQ for more than 40 years. By exhibiting thousands of designs from dozens of countries, and by bringing together designers, directors, students, and general public, the PQ provides an unprecedented exchange of ideas that goes beyond the narrow confines of theatrical design and style.
“Encompassing the best of theatre design from the U.S. is an almost insurmountable task,” said David Grindle, USITT’s Executive Director. “The wealth of creativity and artistic expression in our nation is immense. I’m excited that USITT can share a sample with the world and with the nation as the materials tour over the next several years.”
Chosen to participate:
Charles Murdock Lucas
Hyun Sook Kim
Stephanie Kerley Schwartz
Bradlee Ward & Sun Hee Kil
Christopher & Justin Swader