The Merwin and Wakeley Galleries



Spring Schedule 2021

January 19 - February 11
Wakeley Gallery – Michael Hart
Atrium – Women’s Rights Posters

February 15 - March 11
WAKELEY – “La Ruta: Walter Benjamin’s Last Passage” - Joanne Diaz and Jason Reblando
ATRIUM – Women’s Rights Posters

March 29 – April 21

34th Annual Student Exhibition

Reception: Saturday, April 10th 1-3PM

Awards Ceremony: 2PM

JWP Conference to follow awards

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La Ruta: Walter Benjamin’s Last Passage is a collaborative text and image installation centered around the arduous trek Walter Benjamin made across the Pyrenees in hopes of eluding the Nazis who were set on persecuting him. Pairing photography and poetry, Joanne Diaz and Jason Reblando draw upon and engage with Benjamin’s own interests—the commonplace, the ephemeral, and the fragmentary, while also exploring the intersections of landscape, exile, and migration.

Joanne Diaz is the author of two poetry collections, The Lessons and My Favorite Tyrants. She is the recipient of fellowships from the Illinois Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts. She teaches literature and creative writing at Illinois Wesleyan University.

Jason Reblando is a photographer and artist whose work is in the collections of the Library of Congress, the Milwaukee Art Museum, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. He is the recipient of a U.S. Fulbright Fellowship to the Philippines and an Artist Fellowship Award from the Illinois Arts Council. His monograph New Deal Utopias (Kehrer Verlag) was published in 2017. He teaches photography at Illinois State University.



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to view art IWU students made at home at the end of our Spring semester. 
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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 informationAll 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.