Michelle Stitz :: biography / resume :: home Milo Gallery
Works available:

  "Untitled #47 (From Mare Tranquilitatis)"
Oil in resin
16" x 16" x 3"
  "Untitled #47 (From Mare Tranquilitatis)"
Oil in resin
16" x 16" x 3"
  "Close And Closed"
Oil in resin
12" x 12" x 3"
  "Forests #117-122"
Oil in resin
47" x 26" x 1.5"
  "Foxfire Sketch"
Oil in resin
12" x 12" x 3"
  "Huge Forest"
Oil in resin
60" x 48" x 3"
Michelle Stitz, a native Californian from the Los Angeles area, received her Bachelor of Arts in Fine Art with specializations in Painting and Printmaking from the University of California at Santa Cruz. Being drawn to the old french traditions in printmaking, She studied for one year under the guidance of master printmaker James Lerouquet at the L'Universite de Bordeaux in southern France. In addition, to further her international education, Stitz completed a one month artist residency at La Posada del Morro Verge in Brazil with a strong focus on exploring new approaches to painting. Stitz regularly exhibits nationwide and has shown at galleries including Koelsh in Houston, David Lusk in Memphis, Cecile Moochnek in Berkeley and Garson Baker, New York. Her work can also be found at many national and international art expos such as Flow, Miami, The Palm Springs International Art Fair, or Art Chicago, as well as in small Bay Area galleries like Many Hands, Santa Cruz. She is represented by Julie Baker Fine Art in Nevada City, California and Milo Gallery in Los Angeles.

In recent ongoing series' Mare Tranquillitatis, Celles-ci ne sont pas des Cauchemares, and The Forest series, Stitz manipulates transparent resin, obscuring or illuminating images to explore the relations between ones inner and outer worlds. This body of work has received critical acclaim in numerous publications, most notably in Artweek where her works were called "pieces of sublime beauty".

Michelle Stitz maintains a studio in Santa Cruz, California, where she has been an active artist resident for 12 years.

Education: BA Fine Arts UCSC
(including 1 year at the Universite de Bordeaux, France)

Solo Exhibitions and 2 person shows:
Bread and Roses: New works by Michelle Stitz @ LBFA Gallery Santa Cruz, CA July 08
Verdure: Michelle Stitz & Jill Sykes @ Milo Gallery, Los Angeles, CA July 07
New Works by Michelle Stitz @ Julie Baker Fine Art, Nevada City, CA June 06
The Forest Series: Michelle Stitz @ BOE, Santa Cruz, CA August 2005
The Conversation: Michelle Stitz and Aaron Vande KerckHove @ Full Support Gallery Santa Cruz June 2004
Mare Tranquillitatis: Michelle Stitz @ Ironwood Gallery, Santa Cruz March 2004
Mare Tranquillitatis: Michelle Stitz @ ID Gallery, Santa Cruz August 2002
Deus ex Machina: works by Michelle Stitz @ Image Smith Design Studio, Santa Cruz September 2000
Palimpsest: Michelle Stitz @ Studio X Gallery , Santa Cruz May 2000

Group shows:
White Linen Night @ Koelsch Gallery Houston, Texas August 08
Songcatcher: A Visual Interpretation of Sound @ Lark & Key Charlotte, NC August 08
Small Wonders @ Garson Baker NY, New York July 08
Selected Artists @ Cecile Moochnek Gallery Berkeley, CA May 08
Art, Earth and Eacthother @ UC Berkeley, CA May 08
A Tree is Nice @ JulieBaker Fine Art Nevada City, CA March 08
Grand Opening @ Lark and Key Charlotte, NC February 08
We are Felix @ Felix Kulpa Santa Cruz, CA January 08
Holiday show @ Julie Baker Fine Art Nevada City, CA December 07
Holiday Show @ Cameron Marks Santa Cruz, CA December 07
The Gift of Art @ Cecile Moochnek Gallery Berkeley, CA Novemeber 07
The Bomb @ Felix Kulpa Santa Cruz, CA November 07
Milo Gallery Artists @ Milo Gallery Los Angeles, CA September 07
The Price is right @ David Lusk Memphis, TN August 07
Idea House for Southern Living Watersound August 07
212 (via Julie Baker) New York, NY October 06
The Price is right @ David Lusk, Memphis, TN August 06
Chicago Art Show (via Julie Baker) Chicago May 06
LA Art Show (via Julie Baker) Santa Monica, CA January 06
Get Small @ Julie Baker Fine Art Nevada City, CA November 05
Gallery Artists @ Golden Oak Gallery, Saratoga, CA November 2005
Fall Auction @ ICA San Jose, CA October 2005
The Affordable Art Fair (via Julie Baker) New York, NY October 05
New work @ David Lusk Gallery, Memphis TN August 05 to present
New Work @ Heidi Cho Gallery New York , NY May 05- February 07
The Price is Right @ David Lusk Gallery Memphis, TN August 05
A New View @ Julie Baker Fine Art Grass Valley, CA April/May 2005
Koelsch Artists @ Koelsch Gallery Houston, Texas April 2005
Emerging Artists 05 (via Julie Baker) Scottsdale, Arizona March 2005
A Token of my Affection @ Tercera Gallery Los Gatos February 2005
Holiday Show @ Tercera Gallery Los Gatos November 04 - January 2005
Stars Auction @ MAH Santa Cruz, CA December 2004
The White Series @ Madame Sidecar Gallery Paso Robles November 2004
Grand Re-opening featuring local artists @ Lounge SF November 2004
Deck The Walls @ Full Support Gallery Santa Cruz, CA December 2004
Fall Auction @ ICA San Jose, CA October 2004
Tercera Artists @ Tercera Gallery Los Gatos, CA July 2004
Mare Tranquillitatis @ BOE Lifestyle Gallery Santa Cruz January 2004
Bay Area artists featured @ Lounge San Francisco January 2004
Local Favorites @ The ? Gallery Santa Cruz December 2003
Feria Urbana @ The Canvas Gallery SF, CA December 2003
Small Works Group Show @ Julie Baker Fine Art December 2003
Santa Cruz Artists Group Show @ ? Gallery Santa Cruz December 2003
Mare Tranquillitatis @ Many Hands Gallery Capitola 2003
Revolve @ Julie Baker Fine Art September-December 2003
The Affordable Art Fair, N.Y. (via Julie Baker Fine Art) October 2003
Art Santa Fe, (via Julie Baker Fine Art) Santa Fe July 2003
The Baker's Dozen @ Julie Baker Fine Art, Grass Valley December 2003
Daedal Earth @ The Putty Project, Santa Cruz July-August 2002
Artech @ SCAL, Santa Cruz September 2001
Palimpsest @ The Haute, Moss Landing May 2001
Etchings @ The Cottage Gallery, Corralitos September-December 1999
Open Studios @ Hunter's Point, San Francisco October 1998

Reviews: Joseph Shorpkenoff July 08
Art LTD July 07
Art Scene August 07
Coagula August 07
Joseph Shorpkenoff July 06
ArtWeek September 2006
Art News 2005
Art and Antiques 2005
Good Times June2004
Joseph Shorpkenoff June 2004
Registered Pajaronian June 2004
Good Times June 2002
GoodTimes August 2002
Joseph Shorpkenoff July 2002

* list of collections available on request