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March 31, 2005

EVENT CANCELED: Philip Horvitz, who was scheduled to be a visiting artist April 13-15 in the Intermedia area of the University of Iowa School of Art  and Art History, died of natural causes on Wednesday, March 30, while traveling from his home in New York for a solo performance of his work in San Francisco.

New York-based Performing Artist Philip Horvitz Will Speak At UI April 13

New York-based performing artist Philip Horvitz will present excerpts of his work and discuss his approach to performance, theater and writing in a free public event at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 13, in the Intermedia Ballroom, Room 6 of the University of Iowa International Center.

Horvitz will be a visiting artist in the UI School of Art & Art History intermedia area April 13-15. In addition to the public event he will participate in Intermedia Graduate Workshop and conduct studio visits with intermedia graduate students and bachelor of fine arts candidates.

His public appearance, "Philip Horvitz is Alive and Well and Reading in the Intermedia Ballroom," is part of the ongoing public series "Intermedia/New Media" presented by the intermedia area.

Horvitz is the writer, director and choreographer of several evening-length theatre works and the author of other scripts and essays. He trained as an actor and dancer at Circle in the Square and the Alvin Ailey School of American Dance in New York, is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley and the Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies in New York.

From 1986-1996, Horvitz worked continuously as a performer, writer, director, producer or curator at theatres, performance spaces, galleries and clubs in San Francisco. He co-created, wrote and performed with the performance trio Absolut Manpussy and was artistic director of the Karidian Players, an informal ensemble of performing, visual and media artists who regularly developed and performed Horvitz' material.

He has been an artist in residence at Southern Exposure at Project Artaud and twice at the Jon Sims Center for the Performing Arts in San Francisco and a guest artist at the San Francisco Art Institute, the University of California at Berkeley and the annual conference of the National Association of Artists Organizations. Horvitz organized the series "Performers Who Write for Small Press Distribution" in Berkeley and served on the performing arts advisory board of the Center for the Arts at Yerba Buena Gardens from 1993-1996.

Since moving back to New York in 1996 Horvitz co-wrote and performed in "Velvet," commissioned by New Langton Arts in San Francisco, contributed choreography to "The Civilians' Gone Missing," directed and performed in a fully staged reading of his play "Faith" at ART New York's South Oxford Space in Brooklyn and was co-curator of an evening of performance at Judson Church in conjunction with the Laban/Bartenieff Institute's 25th Anniversary. "Starting Over," a collaboration with visual artist Nayland Blake initially exhibited at Mathew Marks Gallery in 2000, was screened in 2003 at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County's Center for Art and Visual Culture and the Tang Museum at Skidmore College.

He is a member of Actors Equity and Screen Actors Guild.

The School of Art and Art History is part of the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

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