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OCTOBER 25, 2002 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts Today Announced that John Waters, the Independent Film Director, Writer, and Artist, has Been Elected A Member of its Board of Directors

The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts today announced that John Waters, the independent film director, writer, and artist, has been elected a member of its board of directors.

Mr. Waters, 56, is perhaps best known as the director of such trash masterpieces as Pink Flamingos (1972), Female Trouble (1974), and Polyester (1981), which articulated a new aesthetic and social vocabulary for American film. Though initially the films were shocking, and seemed calculated to challenge mainstream tastes, by the end of the 1980's, Waters had succeeded in bringing his distinctive aesthetic and sense of humor into the mainstream with the critical and box-office success Hairspray. This year, Mr. Waters has found success in a new arena, as the film has been made into a hit musical that is taking Broadway by storm. Waters writes his own material, and is also a photographer who has shown in major museums and galleries internationally.

Noting that Mr. Waters has made a career of bucking convention in pursuit of his own vision, foundation president Joel Wachs said he was an "ideal fit" for a foundation dedicated to funding contemporary art of the highest quality, without regard to potential controversy. "Mr. Waters will bring his unique sensibility and his fearlessness in pursuit of free artistic expression to an organization that is dedicated to the support of America's artists and its culture of creativity," Mr. Wachs said. "He is a perfect choice for our board."