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May 29 - June 29

Sonja Sweterlitsch: Discovery


BoxHeart Gallery presents Sonja Sweterlitsch: Discovery, new realist portraits and a series of images of the Blessed Virgin Mary, painted from devotional statues in the Pittsburgh area, on exhibit in our main gallery from May 29th through June 29th.


Sweterlitsch was born in 1977 in Silver Spring Maryland, where she lived until attending Carnegie Mellon University. She graduated with a BFA in Art and a BA in Creative Writing in 1999, and has made Pittsburgh her home. She paints with Windsor Newton Oil colors on prepared wood panels and on canvas. She starts with a light drawing followed by an under-painting in raw umber, sienna and white, laying down the major shapes, and the lights and darks. In this stage, Sweterlitsch makes a very loose sketch in paint, building a map for herself, thinking of the composition as a whole without specific details. Once this under-painting is dry, she begins adding thin glazes, layer by layer, to create details on top of the general shapes. She adds color, beginning with the focal points and building everything in relation to those.


Reception with the Artist


Sonja Sweterlitsch: Discovery will be on exhibit from May 29th through June 29th in BoxHeart’s main gallery. The exhibition coincides with our 2nd floor exhibit, Juliet Pusateri: Premonition. The reception with the artists will be held Saturday, June 9th from 5-8 pm. It is free and open to the public.


May 29 - June 29

Juliet Pusateri: Premonition


From May 29th through June 29th BoxHeart Gallery presents Juliet Pusateri: Premonition on exhibit in our 2nd floor gallery. Juliet Pusateri : Premonition references portrait painting of the past and hypothetically of the future. Without facial expression or facial recognition, obvious means of identification are unavailable. There is a sense of unease in asking what fear, surprise, grief, or game is at play, and who are the players.


Juliet Pusateri was born in 1985 in Ellicott City Maryland. She received her undergraduate degree in art and creative writing from Carnegie Mellon University, where she is currently a candidate in the Master of Educational Technology and Applied Learning Science program. Pusateri has worked as assistant curator of education in experiential learning for children & families at Carnegie Museum of Art, and is currently a studio educator at Cyert Center for Early Education at Carnegie Mellon University. Her artwork reflects her interest in stories, and has been included in the Pittsburgh Biennial and SOFA Chicago. She is co-author of Art Cat’s Sketchbook, a Carnegie Museum of Art publication, as well as Art Chat, a community engagement project with Ashley Andrykovitch.



Reception with the Artist


Juliet Pusateri: Premonition will be on exhibit from May 29th through June 29th in BoxHeart’s 2nd floor gallery. The exhibition coincides with our main floor exhibit, Sonja Sweterlitsch: Discovery. The reception with the artists will be held Saturday, June 9th from 5-8 pm. It is free and open to the public.

BoxHeart Gallery Visitor Information


Admission: Free and open to the public. The 1st floor (main gallery) of BoxHeart Gallery may be accessed using a ramp. The 2nd floor (gallery space) is not accessible by wheelchair.


Gallery Hours: Sunday 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

BoxHeart Gallery is closed on Mondays. For general information, call 412.687.8858.


Gallery Hours

Tuesday 11 - 6

Wednesday - Saturday 10 - 6

Sunday 1 - 5

 BoxHeart Expressions 4523 Liberty Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15224