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