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March 2012 News Releases

Visiting artist to create recycled bottle cap mural and participate in Family Day event

Sculptor Michelle Stitzlein from Baltimore, Ohio, will visit Topeka March 7 to 10 and will work with children in several of the Museum’s Art in School and Art after School classes to design and build a bottle cap mural that will be on long-term display outside the entrance to the Mulvane Art Museum’s ArtLab and classroom areas.

The mural will be unveiled at 1 p.m., Saturday, March 10. Visitors are invited to provide suggestions on an appropriate title for the mural.

Stitzlein will also participate in a “Mod Magnets with Michelle” Family Day event from 1 to 4 p.m., Saturday, March 10 in the ArtLab. Participants can meet the artist and create their own unique art-magnets from bottle caps. Family Days and admission to the Museum and ArtLab are FREE and open to the public.

Found object sculptures of giant moths and lichen by Stitzlein are currently on display through April 15 in the “Industrial Nature” exhibit on the second floor of the Museum. She is the author of two books, “Bottlecap Little Bottlecap” and “Crazy Caps,” which focus on art with bottle caps. The books are available for purchase at the Mulvane Store. This exhibit is sponsored in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. For more information on Michelle Stitzlein visit

The Mulvane Art Museum, ArtLab and gift shop are open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Admission is free.

The Mulvane is located on the campus of Washburn University, at 17th and Jewell Streets. Free parking is available directly to the west of the Museum. Call (785) 670-1124 or go to

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Dena Anson, university relations, (785) 670-1711