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"Design for Stage and Screen: The Worlds of John Iacovelli"
2002-05-05 until 2002-06-07
Design Museum, at University of California, Davis
Davis, CA, USA United States of America

Emmy-award winning production designer John Iacovelli provides a glimpse into his world of "dreams and fantastical places" in a new exhibition, "Design for Stage and Screen: The Worlds of John Iacovelli". Props, photographs, drawings, three-dimensional models and videotapes will be used to showcase some of Iacovelli's prodigious body of work, spanning the worlds of theater, film, and television from Broadway to Hollywood.

Iacovelli won his Emmy for the A&E broadcast version of the national tour and Broadway production of Peter Pan, starring Cathy Rigby. Last year, at age 41, he was awarded the L.A. Drama Critics Circle Award for Lifetime Achievement in Scenic Design. These honors crown a treasure trove of others earned in past years, among them the Hugo Award, the Sci-Fi Universe Award, the Space Foundation Award, for his production design work on the series "Babylon 5," the Backstage West Garland Award, and 14 Drama-Logue Awards.

Iacovelli designed the sets for PBS's "The Old Settler," and the current series "Ripley's Believe it or Not, with Dean Cain;" Showtime's "Resurrection Blvd.;" and "Worst Case Scenario." He was Art Director for the Disney film "Honey, I Shrunk the Kids." His set designs have appeared in over 200 productions in theaters across the nation, from Dallas Theater Center to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, from Pasadena Playhouse to the Kennedy Center, featuring world premiers of major playwrights, and working with major directors.

Iacovelli has also designed expositions in Europe and Asia ("Energyland" for the MCA park in Shirahama, Japan). He has served as design consultant for two successful restaurants, The Grand Café in San Francisco and the Warner Brothers-themed WB 16 in Las Vegas. He designed the Hydroponic Lunar Module touring exhibit for NASA, and "Maximum Rocket Power Live" for Nickelodeon, an X-games exhibition show which will tour 60 arenas nationally over the next year.

He received his MFA in Design and Art Direction from New York University and a BA in Theater Arts from University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He began teaching in 1989 at UC Riverside and is currently professor and head of the MFA design program in the Department of Theater and Dance at University of California, Davis. Iacovelli designed the sets for the department's production of the Pulitzer Prize-winning play "Wit" by Margaret Edson, running in Wyatt Pavilion Theatre May 30-June 1 and June 5-6.

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