The Merwin and Wakeley Galleries

Fall Semester 2021


October 11– December 3, 2021
(galleries closed for Thanksgiving recess 11/23-11/28)


16 local artists visually respond to interviews of children who were held at U.S. immigration facilities

Spencer Sauter  
Kari Sandhaas  
Herb Eaton 
Archana Shekara 
Kevin Strandberg 
Megan Kathol Bersett 
Lisa Lofgren 
Claire Hedden 

Erin Furimsky 
Julie Johnson 
Connie Estep 
Mel Hunter & Nicolas Africano
Joshua Lowe  
Morgan Price 
Dustin Springer

 The Merwin Gallery at Illinois Wesleyan University
 October 11 - December 3, 2021 

"turbulence (no. 1)" Megan Kathol Bersett.  Acrylic and latex paint
"Cold Comfort," Dustin Springer. Acrylic and metal leaf on canvas

Boundaries is an exhibition organized by Carmen Lozar, IWU Gallery Director, and Kathleen O’Gorman, Professor of English at IWU.  Sixteen local artists were asked to visually respond to interviews of children who were held at U.S. immigration facilities.
Kathleen and her daughter, Anah Jacob, visited numerous detention centers on behalf of the Center for Human Rights and Constitutional Law and, along with others, took the declarations of detained children to document their treatment and work to improve their situations. 

In organizing this exhibition, it was our intention to give Central Illinois artists a chance to respond to what has happened at the US/Mexican border.  

You can't imagine how much it means to me to give these children's voices a space in which to be heard, to give their lives the dignity we took from them so cruelly.” - Kathleen O'Gorman

Reception: October 21st at 6PM  
Visit with the artists and participate in a Gallery Talk by Kathleen O’Gorman.  


"Trial and Error" Joshua Lowe. Pine and Steel

WAKELEY GALLERY– Faculty Biennial

The Wakeley Gallery at Illinois Wesleyan University
 October 11 - December 3, 2021

Come see what the Ames School of Art Faculty has been up to! 
This exhibition showcases the work of IWU faculty in the Ames School of Art. Areas of the studio art program will be represented: painting, drawing, printmaking, graphic design, ceramics, sculpture, and glass. 
A reception for the Faculty Biennial will run concurrently with the Boundaries reception. 


Call to local artists for our January exhibit:

Entries Accepted: 
January 7 & 8 from 12-4PM
Merwin and Wakeley Galleries 
School of Art
Illinois Wesleyan University

Coming in January 2022 Celebrating Blackness: An Exhibition

Exhibition Dates:
January 17 - March 3, 2022

Opening Reception: Thursday, January 20th 6-8PM


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 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.