The Merwin and Wakeley Galleries



Showing in the Wakeley and Atrium Gallery:


 March 29 - April 21

 34th Annual Juried Student Art Exhibition 
BFA/BA Senior Art Exhibit

Virtual Award Ceremony: Saturday, April 10th @ 2PM

Join us for the 34th annual BFA / BA Senior Art Exhibit and the Juried Student Art Exhibition. All aspects of the art program will be represented: painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, graphic design, 3-D design, ceramics, sculpture and glass.

In the Atrium of the School of Art senior Lizette Toto will display her BFA installation, The Corner Office. As a design major this work is a culmination of Toto’s studies at IWU.

At the virtual reception on Saturday, April 10th, many awards will be presented: The Ames Library Purchase Award, the CLA Social Sciences Art Purchase Award, the Admissions Art Purchase Award, The School of Art Purchase Award, The Mayo Alumni Award, The Sipich Alumni Award, The Office of Inclusion and Diversity Award, Gallery Awards, Faculty Selection Awards, The Office of Residential Life “Hall of the Year” Award, The President’s Award.

Many of the above listed honors are purchase awards. This means chosen artworks will be on display in a campus building for years to come. This honor is exciting for both the student, whose work will be prominently displayed and seen by the community and for the university which prides itself on supporting and encouraging our emerging artists.


2021 student poster design by IWU student Wyatt Soderholm and senior exhibit poster designed by Lizette Toto


Click here to visit IWU QU-Art Student Gallery
to view art IWU students made at home at the end of our Spring 2020 semester. 
Click here to visit iwuart and see what our students have been making recently.


 Gallery Hours Spring 2021

Monday - Friday: Open 2PM to 5PM
Saturday: 1 to 4PM
Sunday: 1 to 4PM

(*We apologize if our gallery hours are different than advertised. The Covid-19 Pandemic has caused unforeseen scheduling issues)


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.