Chatham News

Artist Müyesser Demir uses collage to express stages of self-actualization in “Journey of Rumi”

Exhibition will close Chatham’s Year of Turkey, part of the University’s Global Focus Program

By: Amanda Leff Ritchie, Senior Public Relations Specialist
May 27, 2011

PITTSBURGH (May 26, 2011)…Through vibrant collages on display at the Chatham University Art Gallery through June 30, artist Müyesser Demir interprets selected verses from the works of Mevlana Jalaluddin Rumi, a popular figure in Islamic philosophy and Sufism, a mystical dimension of Islam. Rumi has deeply influenced philosophy, literature, mysticism, culture and art for centuries. His verses depicted in Demir’s works depict the stages of man’s evolution in his journey toward complete self-actualization. According to Demir, the works featured in the exhibition “Journey of Rumi” were created to contribute to worldwide efforts to spread the word of this important figure.

The Chatham University Art Gallery is located in Woodland Hall on the Shadyside Campus’ academic quad. Admission is free. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. For more information call 412-365-1182 or email

“Journey of Rumi,” sponsored by Chatham University, Carnegie Mellon University’s Rumi Dialogue Club, and Turkish Cultural Center Pittsburgh, will close Chatham’s Year of Turkey, part of the University’s Global Focus Program. Each year the Global Focus program engages students in the purposeful study of peoples and civilizations through the critical and holistic exploration of one specific country or region of the globe. The University will celebrate the Year of Southeast Asia and Vietnam during the 2011-2012 academic year. For more information on the Global Focus Program, visit

Demir received her bachelor of arts degree in graphic design from Dokuz Eylul University (Izmir, Turkey). She is currently studying in the English as a Second Language (ESL) program at Duquesne University and working as a freelance designer. In addition to graphic design, Demir is interested in Ebru (water marbling), miniature painting and collage. Her portfolio is available at Chatham will offer Ebru classes during the month of June. For more information, contact or

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Chatham University prepares students from around the world to help develop solutions to some of the world’s biggest challenges. Consistently ranked among the top master’s level institutions in the Northeast by U.S. News & World Report and The Princeton Review, Chatham University is also ranked in the top five percent of graduate-intensive institutions nationally and experienced the fastest-growing enrollment in the Pittsburgh region over the past decade. Founded in 1869, Chatham University includes the Shadyside Campus, with the historic 39-acre Woodland Road arboretum and Chatham Eastside facility; and the 388-acre Eden Hall Campus north of Pittsburgh. For more information, call 800-837-1290 or visit