Spring & Fall Hours

Monday-Friday 12-4pm
Tuesday evening 7-9pm
Saturday & Sunday 1-4pm

Summer Hours

Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday 12-3PM


Ames School of Art
Illinois Wesleyan University
6 Ames Plaza West
Bloomington, Illinois 61702-2900

Spring exhibition schedule 

All events are free and open to the public 

Currently Showing:

February 27 - March 30

Please note Galleries will be closed for Spring Break March 11-19

Wakeley Gallery: Manneken Press
"Recent Prints and Projects from Manneken Press"
more exhibition information
Merwin Gallery: Bill Conger
"to open windows"

Opening reception Thursday, March 2nd 
4PM lecture by Bill Conger, Rm 218 in the Ames School of  Art
5PM gallery walk with Jonathan Higgins of Manneken Press

30th Annual Student Exhibition and the Senior BA/BFA Exhibition
April 3- April 27
Reception: Saturday, April 8 from 1-3PM
Award Ceremony at 1:30PM

BenUpcoming Visiting Artist

Stellaccio Lecturer
Ben Carter
Tuesday, April 11 at 6PM
RM 218 Ames School of Art


Ben Carter

Anthony E. Stellaccio Visiting Artist & Lecture Series 2017

Ben Carter is a studio potter, workshop leader, and social media enthusiast based in Santa Cruz, CA. He received his BFA in ceramics/painting from Appalachian State University and his MFA in ceramics from the University of Florida. His professional experience includes being an artist-in-residence at the Odyssey Center for Ceramic Art in Asheville, NC, as well as Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Snowmass, CO, the Archie Bray Foundation in Helena, MT, and the Ceramic Research Center Guldagergaard in Skelskor, Denmark. From 2010-2012 he served as the Education Director of the Pottery Workshop in Shanghai, China. He has lectured and presented workshops at universities and craft centers in the United States, Canada, China, Australia, and New Zealand. He has exhibited internationally in numerous invitational and juried shows, and was named 2016 Ceramic Artist of the Year by Ceramics Monthly and Pottery Making Illustrated.

In addition to his studio work he is the creator/host of the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler blog and podcast, where he interviews artists about their craft, creativity, and lifestyle. He is also the author of articles featured in such publications as Ceramics Monthly and Studio Potter as well as a full-length book, Mastering the Potter’s Wheel, published by Voyageur Press in 2016.


Artists interested in showing at our galleries press the Link below for more information

Artists Submissions

The Merwin and Wakeley Galleries provide exhibition schedules that support our curriculum, the University community and the general public. These exhibitions mostly consist of contemporary artworks in all media. Each exhibition is meant to suggest the variety of visual approaches one may choose to present an idea. Student exhibitions include the Annual Juried School of Art Student Exhibition, the B.F.A. Candidate Exhibition and the B.F.A. and B.A. Degree Exhibition.