Merwin and Wakeley Galleries to Present Perspectives of Nature in New Exhibit
November 8, 2007
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – The works of painters Don Pollack and Kathryn O’Grady will be
on display from Tuesday, Nov. 13 through Tuesday, Dec. 11 in Illinois Wesleyan University’s
Merwin and Wakeley galleries, located in the Joyce Eichhorn Ames School of Art Building
(6 Ames Plaza West, Bloomington).
All exhibits are free and open to the public.
On Tuesday, Nov. 13, there will be an artist’s lecture by Pollack from 4 p.m to 5
p.m. held in Room 218 of the School of Art building. The opening reception for both
gallery exhibits will directly follow the presentation.
The Merwin Gallery will feature American Inheritance, a collection of oil paintings by Pollack showing the scars of man’s intrusion into
nature. Critics say that Pollack’s paintings have a familiar, reassuring look, which
comes from using delicate brushwork and closely valued colour.
Artwork by Don Pollack
Pollack received his BFA in graphic design, from the University of Illinois, at Urbana-Champaign
and a MFA, in painting, from Ohio State University, Columbus. He is the recipient
of many awards including a Ford Foundations Grant and an Illinois Arts Council Fellowship
Grant. Pollack’s paintings are in the collections of The Philbrook Museum, AT&T, Metropolitan
Life Insurance Corporation, and the Prudential Insurance Company. He currently teaches
at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Artwork by Kathryn O'Grady
Green Place by O’Grady will be featured in the Wakeley Gallery. This series of paintings is said
by critics to be fueled with a lifelong obsession of color and awe at the monstrous
complexity of the natural world.
O’Grady received her BFA from Michigan State University, in East Lansing and an MFA
from the University of Texas, in Austin. Her work has been shown in solo and two-person
shows over the past 20 years in Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth, and Houston. Her paintings
are in the collections of American Airlines, Mobile Oil Corporation, USAA, MBank,
The Dallas-Fort Worth Medical Center, Seton Hospital and Saint David’s Hospital in
Austin, the Shannon Medical Center in San Angelo and others. She currently lives in
Maryland with her family.
For more information on the Merwin and Wakeley galleries, contact the Gallery Director,
Carmen Lozar, at (309) 556-3391.
Contact: Kimberly Stabosz, (309) 556-3181