Carnegie Mellon University Alumni Association selected W. James Tetlow (College of Fine Arts ’77) to receive one of this year’s Alumni Achievement awards. The ceremony took place on Friday Oct. 10th in Kresge Theatre and Great Hall in the College of Fine Arts. The Alumni Achievement Award is for achievement in the alumni’s profession and is intended to recognize both their expertise and leadership in their field while also representing important creative effort or accomplishment with societal or educational value.
Jim Tetlow is a lighting designer for television, live theatrical productions, and special events around the world. He is an Emmy Award winning designer for his work on Sesame Street. He designed the lighting for both the Hong Kong and Macau Handover Ceremonies, as well as all of the Presidential Debates since 2000 and for past Democratic and Republican Conventions. He has also designed the architectural and television lighting of the Senate chamber, two Senate Hearing Rooms of the US Capitol and multiple Hearing Rooms for the House of Representatives. Mr. Tetlow is the Principal and President of Nautilus Entertainment Design, located in San Diego, CA. He is a member of the American Society of Theatre Consultants (ASTC), the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, International Photographers Guild, The Illuminating Engineering Society, and a committee member of Showlight, an international lighting conference.