The Merwin and Wakeley Galleries

Fall Semester 2022

October 17 – December 11

MERWIN –   Sarah Edmands Martin
"When All Things Could Speak"

Public reception and artist talk for both galleries: 
Thursday, November 10th @ 4PM in the galleries
(galleries closed for Thanksgiving recess 11/23-11/28)

Sarah Edmands Martin art

As a designer, storyteller, and researcher, Sarah Edmands Martin specializes in graphic storytelling and digital fable in contemporary, mediated spaces. Her work investigates the process of mining archival material in order to create counter narratives. Formerly the area coordinator of the Graphic Design program at Indiana University in Bloomington, she now joins the design faculty at the University of Notre Dame (Fall 2022). A 2021–22 Research Fellow at the Institute for Digital Arts + Humanities, a 2020 Design Incubation Fellow, and a 2019–21 Faculty Affiliate with the Center for Rural Engagement, she is the author of two chapters in Ethics in Design and Communication: New Critical Perspectives (Bloomsbury 2020). Her design work has been recognized and published by PRINT, Graphis, the Paris Design Awards, London International Creative, and the Creative Communication Awards.

She has two other degrees in English Literature and Painting from the University of Maryland. She has taught design at Indiana University, University of Notre Dame, and Missouri University of Science & Technology, and continues to balance an active studio practice with both research and pedagogy. Her portfolio of clients include Citibank, AMC’s the Walking Dead, the Snite Museum of Art, Whirlpool, Herman Miller, and Cook Medical—to name a few.

Sarah loves to make and collect .gifs, may at any given moment be caught humming the main theme song from Jurassic Park, and in another life would have been a taxidermist.

WAKELEY – Lisa Lofgren 
"In the Foothills of the Endless Mountain, Vol. 2"

Public reception and artist talk for both galleries: 
Thursday, November 10th @ 4PM in the galleries
(galleries closed for Thanksgiving recess 11/23-11/28)

Lisa Lofegren art

Lisa Lofgren is an artist and educator fostering creativity and diversity in the arts as founder of Together Press, a community printmaking and papermaking facility in coordination with cometogetherstudios in Bloomington, Illinois.

Lofgren looks to highlight the instances of discovery and moments of recognition through emotive, visual abstractions, allowing herself to get lost in the evolving subtleties of the print and the process. The resulting works, often inspired by Japanese woodblock prints, are translations of landscape, texture, body and diagrams that reveal a presence of something more, an accumulation of knowledge, both unifying and honest.

Lofgren and the Ames Library have worked together to create a resource list which accompanies this exhibition. Please follow the link to learn more. 


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 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.