The Merwin and Wakeley Galleries are located in The Ames School of Art at Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington, IL. We are a non-profit university gallery committed to presenting a wide range of contemporary and historical artwork. Illinois Wesleyan University has two outstanding gallery spaces.
The Merwin Gallery is a large exhibition space, 35'x70', uninterrupted by columns or windows, with 12' walls and wood floor. The Wakeley Gallery serves as a counterpoint at 17'x27', and is a more intimate space ideal for smaller works and/or a smaller groups of work. Both galleries have standard white walls, drywall over plywood. We usually run two solo shows concurrently, and host eight exhibitions each academic year as well as a summer show that runs June-August. The Ames School of Art offers a BFA program that includes studios in painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, graphic design, sculpture, glass, and ceramics. Bloomington, Illinois is situated just off I-55, essentially halfway between Chicago and St. Louis. Up the street in Normal, IL is Illinois State University and we are not far from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign as well as a number of community colleges and an active local arts center in downtown Bloomington. All this to say that our gallery programming serves a wide audience in central Illinois!
The Gallery Selection Committee reviews materials in early January for the following academic year's exhibition schedule. You can expect to hear back from the selection committee at the end of February. If you would like to submit materials, please follow the below application process.
Ames School of Art
Illinois Wesleyan University
PO Box 2900
Bloomington, IL 61702-2900