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
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
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.
Click here to visit IWU QU-Art Student Gallery
to view art IWU students made at home at the end of our Spring semester.
Click here to visit iwuart and see what our students worked on last year while working on campus.
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
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.