January Exhibits at Merwin and Wakeley Galleries

Artwork by The Post Family
Artwork by The Post Family

Jan. 3, 2013                                

BLOOMINGTON, Ill.—From Jan. 10 through Jan. 31, Illinois Wesleyan’s Merwin and Wakeley Galleries located in the Joyce G. Eichhorn Ames School of Art building (6 Ames Plaza West, Bloomington) will present two new exhibits. Opening in the Merwin Gallery will be The Post Family Level and the Wakeley Gallery will host Nisa Blackmon’s Magnify, Illuminate.      

On Thursday, Jan. 10, there will be an opening reception for both exhibits from 4 to 6 p.m. in the galleries and at 4:15 p.m., there will be a lecture by The Post Family in the galleries as well.      

Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 12 to 4 p.m., Tuesday evening from 7 to 9 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m.

According to The Post Family, a group of seven men, who came together in 2007 in Chicago, they are a “resource, gallery, letterpress and screenprinting studio, experimental music venue and a creative incubator awarded and critically applauded by the art and design world.” From across the country and of different backgrounds, they say they have come together to “support each other’s passions—as individuals, as a group, as community members—in their own space on their own terms. As a Family.”  For additional information on The Post Family, go to: thepostfamily.com/family

Artwork by Nisa Blackmon
Artwork by Nisa Blackmon

Blackmon, who has a studio practice in her home and teaches biology labs at Illinois Wesleyan, has been a practicing metalsmith since 1992.  An artist and biologist, she earned a bachelor of science degree in biology and a master’s of science degree in natural and applied sciences from Oklahoma State University and a master’s degree in fine arts in metals from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign.  Blackmon has taught metalsmithing and jewelry on the collegiate and community levels as well as courses in biology and botany at the college level since 1990.

For additional information on the exhibitions and the Merwin and Wakeley Galleries, go to: www.iwu.edu/art/galleries/currentlyshowing.html or contact Carmen Lozar, director of the galleries at (309) 556-3391.

Contact: Sherry Wallace, (309) 556-3181