The Merwin and Wakeley Galleries

Spring Semester 2023: March 27 - April 26 , 2023

Galleries will be closed Sunday, April 9th

Public reception for both exhibitions:

Saturday, April 15 from 1-3PM with awards ceremony at 2PM

The 36th Annual Juried Student Art Exhibition and BFA/BA Exhibitions

Juried Show poster
Juried Show 2023 poster
Juried Show poster
Juried Show poster
BFA Exhibition poster
BFA Exhibition poster

Join us for the 36th annual BFA / BA Senior Art Exhibit and the Juried Student Art Exhibitions. All aspects of the IWU art program will be represented: painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, graphic design, ceramics, sculpture and glass.

This years exhibition was juried by sculptor Santiago Cal, a sculptor from Lincoln, Nebraska. Cal was incredibly impressed with the work ethic and productivity of our IWU artists. He specifically mentioned the ambition he saw in the freshman work as it sets a precedent for future years of excellence. Cal also chose "Best in Show" and that award will be announced on April 15th at 2PM during our awards ceremony. 

In the Senior Art Exhibit graduating BFA/BAs will display their finest works produced during their senior year.  The exhibition, held in the University’s Galleries, will include works from following eight seniors:

Alexis Boehnke BFA
Luisa Chung BA
Nomin Chuluunbaatar BFA
Evy Markis BA
Elizabeth Palacios BFA
Gabby Rogers BA
M Sloan BFA
Meghan Uppinghouse BFA

At the reception on Saturday, April 15th at 2PM, many awards will be presented, to name a few; The Ames Library Purchase Award, The CLA Social Sciences Art Purchase Award, The Office of Residential Life "Hall of the Year Award",  The Office of Inclusion and Diversity Award, The Hispanic Studies Award, and the SOA  Art Purchase Award, The Sipich and Mayo Alumni Awards, and The President’s Award.

Refreshments will be served, and both these events are free and open to the public.

Our posters this year were created by:
Nomin chuluunbaatar: blue spiral bfa 
Luisa jhong Chung: bfa gradient
Jessica Dolan: all juried show posters

Click here to visit iwuart and see what our students have been making recently.


Fall Gallery Hours 

Monday - Friday 12-4PM
Tuesday Evening 7-9PM
Saturday & Sunday 1-4PM


Ames School of Art
Illinois Wesleyan University
6 Ames Plaza West
Bloomington, Illinois 61701-2900

Artists interested in showing at our galleries click the link below for more information

All events are free and open to the public

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.

This program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.