Carnegie Mellon Press Release: May 20, 2004
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Eric Sloss

For immediate release:
May 20, 2004

Watfa Midani Displays Recent Paintings At the Regina Gouger Miller Gallery

PITTSBURGH—Watfa Midani will open an exhibit of her recent paintings in honor of her late husband, Akram Midani, former dean of the College of Fine Arts at Carnegie Mellon University. The opening reception is from 5-8 p.m. Saturday, May 22, and the exhibit runs through July 2 in the Regina Gouger Miller Gallery in the Purnell Center for the Arts on the Carnegie Mellon campus. The exhibit will display 39 paintings that Midani explains is a "way she can honor her late husband."

Because her husband enjoyed classical music, Midani listened to classical music for inspiration while she created this body of work. She listened to Stravinsky, Brahms, Mozart and Beethoven while she painted and titled each piece of artwork with a musical theme to credit her husband's love for multidisciplinary arts. "Painting gave me tranquility and peace within myself," said Midani.

Midani is an award-winning artist with numerous accomplishments and honors to her name. Her work has been featured in solo exhibitions at many venues, including: The Art Students League of New York, the Carnegie Museum of Art, the Hillside Gallery in Tokyo, the Turkish American Association in Ankara, Turkey, and the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts.

Her work has been selected for group exhibitions including: The Associated Artists Exhibition, the International Play Group in New York City, Westmoreland Museum of American Art and the Lockhaven Art Center in Orlando, Florida. Midani has served as juror for many exhibitions including those for the Health and Welfare Planning Association, The Pittsburgh Society of Artists, the Pittsburgh Watercolor Society and The Uniontown Regional Art Show. From 1985 to 1987, Midani was art commissioner for the city of Pittsburgh.

Gallery hours are Tues.-Sun., 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m.; visit

For more information about the Regina Gouger Miller Gallery, contact director Jenny Strayer at 412-268-3877 or email


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