University of Pittsburgh
November 1, 2005

Pitt to Unveil Design for New Nationality Room Nov. 13

New Turkish Room design displayed in conjunction with arts exhibition and sale
Contact:  412-624-4147

PITTSBURGH—The University of Pittsburgh's Turkish Nationality Room Committee will unveil the design of the latest addition to Pitt's world famous 26 Nationality Rooms at 7 p.m. Nov. 13 in the William Pitt Union (WPU) Lower Lounge, 3959 Fifth Ave., Oakland.

Since 2001, Pittsburgh's Turkish American community and Turkish students have been working on the design and raising funds for the new room. Omer Akin, professor of architecture at Carnegie Mellon University and the architect on the project, finalized the design, which is an interpretation of the "bas oda" (main room) interior of a traditional Turkish residence. The room also will feature four murals depicting Turkish history.

The construction of the Nationality Room will take place when funds have been raised. The committee's fundraising efforts recently received a major boost with a $150,000 grant from the Republic of Turkey.

In conjunction with the unveiling, a two-day Turkish Arts Exhibition and sale will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov 13-14. Featured participants include Anatolian Artisans and Zeki Findikoglu from Washington, D.C. Anatolian Artisans, a nonprofit organization led by Yildiz Yagci, helps Turkish artisans market their crafts. A Turkish tent will be erected in the WPU Lower Lounge to display Yagci's work. Findikoglu is an artist and professor of fine arts at Montgomery College in Maryland.

The event is being sponsored by the Turkish Nationality Room Committee and the Turkish American Student Association. For more information, call 412-563-3727.