Ames School of Art

The Merwin and Wakeley Galleries 
Ames School of Art


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

January 14 - April 3, 2019

Merwin Gallery - Tom Rice
Extinguishing the Fire

January 14 - February 21, 2019

Wakeley Gallery - Delicious Design League

Posters on Parade



Extinguishing the Fire and Posters on Parade to Be Displayed at School of Art

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. — Illinois Wesleyan University’s School of Art will open its first exhibitions of 2019 with the installation Extinguishing the Fire by Tom Rice and Posters on Parade by Delicious Design League starting Monday, Jan. 14.

Rice’s Extinguishing the Fire is one of several pieces concerned with capturing the beauty of nature as well as the harmful effects of human activity on the environment. A multimedia artist experienced in painting, drawing and video performance, Rice often uses thin plastic as a primary material in his artwork to highlight how environmentally harmful practices are present in all corners of everyday life.

Extinguishing the Fire focuses primarily on the effects of the desire for profit by one industry, and the effect oil and natural gas extraction and consumption has upon the natural environment,” says Rice, an advocate for environmental protections. “The work questions whether it is possible to retreat from an industry that is woven into every aspect of our existence and is the very foundation of our economy.”

Rice will discuss his work at a public reception Tuesday, Feb. 5 at 1:15 p.m. in the Ames School of Art. This event is free and open to the public. Extinguishing the Fire will be on display at the Merwin Gallery until April 3.


Additionally, the Wakeley Gallery will feature a poster collection by Delicious Design League (DDL), a team of multimedia artists and designers.


DDL has worked with Facebook, Netflix, Nike and other well-known clients to design colorful and eye-catching logos, promotional material, websites and more. The team also creates custom prints and sells a wide range of posters. Their collection Posters on Parade will be on display until Feb. 21.

By Rachel McCarthy ’21








Click here to see our full Spring schedule of events and exhibitions



Tom Rice

Dorothea Bilder


Heather Brammeier


Dong Kyu Kim

Lori Nix and Kathleen Gerber


Lindy Ihrman

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.