Merwin and Wakeley to Feature Three Exhibitions During May Term
Ceramic works will be featured in Catina Briscoe's exhibition, Spontaneity in Transition
May 3, 2005
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. - During Illinois Wesleyan University's May Term the Merwin and
Wakeley Galleries will present three exhibitions, which will be displayed May 4-25.
The Merwin Gallery will display From Four Directions by “The Firm,” which consists
of artists Shane Christensen, Brian Jensen, Stephen Heywood, and Michael Schmidt;
it will also show Catina Briscoe's Spontaneity in Transition. Rhea Edge's painting
and print collection, titled Fly Zone, will be on display in the Wakeley Gallery.
The galleries, located in the Joyce Eichhorn Ames School of Art building (6 Ames Plaza
West, Bloomington), are open Monday-Friday 12-4 p.m., Tuesday 7-9 p.m., and Saturday-Sunday
There will be an artist's lecture given by Edge on Wednesday, May 18, at 6:30 p.m.
in room 218 of the Ames Art Building, followed by an opening reception at 7:30 p.m.
All events are free and open to the public.
From Four Directions will include ceramic works dealing with vessels, ranging from
pitchers to watertowers, which blur the boundary between sculpture and function. Critics
have described “The Firm's” work as “delicate, quirky forms” and “explosions of crystalline
The four members of the group live in different parts of the country, yet exhibit
their works as a group. Christensen and Jensen teach high school in Southern Utah,
Heywood is a professor at Florida Community College, and Schmidt is a professor at
Valdosta State University in Georgia.
Bloomington/Normal artist Briscoe's exhibition Spontaneity in Transition will include
ceramic works inspired by forms and textures found in the natural world. Critics have
said “her hand-built vessels are meticulously carved, and reminiscent of rock faades,
or the bark on a tree. Spontaneity is present in the glazing process, where Briscoe
employs a palette of blues, greens, purples and browns, that wash over the forms like
Briscoe, who has resided in Bloomington/Normal for 14 years, is a 1997 graduate of
Illinois State University. She has been a ceramics instructor at schools and organizations
around the area, and has served as a senior partner at Earth, Spin and Fire, a commercial
ceramics studio and gallery in downtown Normal, which is now closing its doors.
Edge, also from Bloomington/Normal, will exhibit Fly Zone, which will feature paintings
and prints varying from Great Skuas (large Antarctic predatory gulls) to stealth bombers.
Her work often focuses on the misguided human interpretation of predatory behavior
in the natural world.
Edge is president of the John Wesley Powell Audubon Society in Bloomington/Normal,
chair of fine and performing arts at Eureka College, and a professor in the Eureka
College art department. She also runs the Beluga Press Studio in downtown Bloomington.
For additional information, contact Director of Merwin and Wakeley Galleries Jennifer
Lapham at (309) 556-3391.
Contact: Leslie Boelter (309) 556-3181