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Nov. 1: New Miller Gallery Exhibitions at Carnegie Mellon Showcase Maurides, Stitzlein and Stunden


Eric Sloss                           

New Miller Gallery Exhibitions at Carnegie Mellon
Showcase Maurides, Stitzlein and Stunden

PITTSBURGH — The Regina Gouger Miller Gallery at Carnegie Mellon University will hold an opening reception from 5 to 8 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 8, for three exhibitions featuring a photo installation by Patricia Maurides, a series of wall-hung sculptures by Michelle Stitzlein, and a suite of paintings by Julie Stunden. The exhibitions run through Dec. 21.

artMaurides investigates her origins in installations made up of photos, projected images and natural sounds. Many photos explore her past and are shot on location in the village in southern Greece where her father was born. Maurides has a mild genetic hearing loss, which she features as another motif in her installation, as she attempts to "listen" into her family's past.   

Maurides looks for ways to combine the fields of art and biology. She has an undergraduate degree in biology and a master's degree in fine arts from Carnegie Mellon, and was its first director of the Bachelor of Humanities and Arts and the Bachelor of Science and Arts programs. She teaches an art and biology studio course and leads study abroad trips.

In the Moth Series sculptures, Stitzlein transforms discarded items, whether trash or items that went out of fashion, into large-scale sculptures with some comprising hundreds of objects. Inspired by caterpillars that transform into butterflies, Stitzlein searches for the beautiful in the mundane or ugly.

"As an artist and as a person, I ask myself to look closer, lest I miss the one exquisite trait in something oftentimes regarded as distasteful, old, tired, unimpressive or just plain ugly so that I may see it again with fresh eyes," she said   

Stitzlein's sculptures have been exhibited in museums in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas and Massachusetts. She has traveled to Peru and Colombia to help preserve indigenous crafting. Images of Stitzlein's sculptures can be found at

Stunden's colorful paintings inspire viewers to reflect on the fantastic and realistic elements in her work and synthesize them into a single perspective.

Stunden earned a bachelor's degree in fine arts from Indiana University and a master's degree from Yale University. She teaches in the University of Pittsburgh's Studio Arts Department and in Carnegie Mellon's School of Architecture. She recently completed 42 paintings for Czarnowski Exhibition Specialists in Pittsburgh. Images of some of Stunden's paintings are online at

For more information, visit The gallery, located in the Purnell Center for the Arts, is open from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday. Admission is free.

Artwork L to R: Patricia Maurides, River Evrota, from Ancestral Listening series, 2007; Michelle Stitzlein, Ochre Hornet Moth, 2007; Julie Stunden, Mediterranean Windmill, detail, 1992