Michelle Stitzlein creates large scale sculpture from recycled materials. She works in a large studio converted from a former grange hall in Baltimore, Ohio. “Industrial Nature” will be exhibited at the International Museum of Art & Science Cardenas and Main Galleries February 26 through August 21, 2022.
During her travels she has met artists in countries such as South Africa, Namibia, Guatemala, Mexico, Bolivia, Colombia and India, and has been inspired by their resourcefulness & ingenuity with found materials.
A graduate of the Columbus College of Art & Design, Stitzlein has also taught workshops, as an artist-in-residence, at elementary schools, art camps, and arts festivals.
Using the humble plastic bottle cap as her medium, she encourages recycling through the means of art making. She has assisted children all over the US to make colorful murals, and whimsical outdoor sculptures utilizing thousands of bottle caps that would otherwise end up in a landfill.
She published the how-to books “Bottlecap Little Bottlecap” and “Cool Caps!,” as resources for parents and teachers. Projects from both books have been represented in Ranger Rick magazine as well as on HGTV.
This exhibit is made possible by an Arts Respond grant from the Texas Commission on the Arts. The artist in residence stay is supported by an Arts Create 2 grant from the Texas Commission on the Arts and a grant from the Guadalupe El Torrero Foundation.
Industrial Nature Opening Reception
Saturday, February 26, 2022, 5:00-7:00 PM
Celebrate the opening of Industrial Nature with visiting artist Michelle Stitzlein who will be at the IMAS for both the installation of the exhibit and an artist-in-residency program series.
IMAS Members are invited to an opening reception for Industrial Nature on Saturday, February 28, 2022, from 5:00-7:00 PM in the atrium of the art gallery wing. Learn more about membership online, call (956) 681-2800, or visit the IMAS to join or renew your membership.