Ames School of Art

The Merwin and Wakeley Galleries



Spring & Fall 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

Current Exhibitions: October 21 - December 8 
(galleries closed for Thanksgiving break Nov. 26 - Dec 1. 

Merwin Gallery:
Malcolm Mobutu Smith

Wakeley Gallery
Invisible Distance
Monika Meler

Stellaccio lecture by Smith and opening reception:
November 7th at 6PM

RM 218 Ames School of Art.

Stellaccio Lecture Showcases Ceramist Malcolm Mobutu Smith

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. –– Ceramist and  2019 Stellaccio Lecturer  Malcolm Mobutu Smith along with printmaker Monika Meler will showcase their work in the  Merwin and Wakeley Galleries  in the Ames School of Art from Oct. 21 to Dec. 8, 2019.

The Stellaccio Lecture and a celebratory reception will take place in the galleries on Thursday, Nov. 7 at 6 p.m. The galleries and this event are free and open to the public.

Malcolm Smith
Malcolm Mobutu Smith

Smith, whose art is driven by his love for hip-hop and jazz music, is showcasing an exhibit titled  Uprock  in the Merwin Gallery. His artistic focuses include ceramics and drawings, and Smith’s clay work is inspired by the intersections of graffiti art, comic book graphics and playful organic abstraction.

Smith’s professional activities include workshops, lecturers and residencies including visits to Haystack Mountain School of Craft, Watershed Center for Ceramic Arts, and the Robert McNamara Foundation. His works are represented in numerous private and public collections around the world, including The Luise Ross Gallery, the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, FuLed International Ceramic Art Museum in Beijing, China and the Indiana State Museum.

Smith earned a Master of Fine Arts from the New York College of Ceramics at Alfred University and studied at both the Kansas City Art Institute and Penn State University. Currently, Smith serves as Associate Professor of Ceramic Art at Indiana University.
Stellaccio Poster

Monika Meler
Monika Meler

Meler, whose exhibition in the Wakeley Gallery is titled  Invisible Distance , earned a Master of Arts from Purdue University, followed by a Master of Fine Arts from the Tyler School of Art at Temple University.  Meler completed a  residency at the Women’s Studio Workshop etching studio  and is currently  a professor   at the University of St. Francis  in  Fort Wayne, Indiana.

The galleries are located at the Ames School of Art Building (6 Ames Plaza West, Bloomington) and are open Monday through Friday, noon to 4 p.m., Tuesday evenings 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. The galleries will be closed for Thanksgiving from Nov. 19 to Dec. 1.

Megan Baker ’21

Click here to view our Fall gallery schedule

All events are free and open to the public

Artists interested in showing at our galleries click 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.

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