Merwin and Wakeley Galleries to Present an Exhibit of Prints and Sculptures
August 29, 2007
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – The works of printmaker Warrington Colescott and sculptor Andrew
J. Kuntz will be on display from Thursday, Aug. 30 through Wednesday, Oct. 5 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 Thursday, Oct. 4, there will be an artist’s lecture by Colescott from 4 p.m. to
5 p.m. in Room 218 of the School of Art building. The closing reception for both gallery
exhibits will directly follow the presentation and will last approximately one hour.
"Underneath the Oval Office" by Warrington Colescott
The Merwin Gallery will feature Satirical Conscience, a collection of prints and paintings by Colescott, an artist who has made his work
a platform for commentary on the social and political landscape of America for nearly
half a century – from the civil rights movement to the current war in Iraq. As a New
Orleans native growing up in Oakland, Calif. in the 1920s, Colescott found inspiration
for his earliest drawings in the newspaper comic strip “Krazy Kat” by George Herriman.
The lively and populist feel of the Vaudeville stage, as well has his somber experiences
as a World War II soldier, continue to influence his work today.
A graduate of the University of California-Berkeley, Colescott’s prints are part of
the collections of the Museum of Modern Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art
in New York City, the Brooklyn Museum, the Chicago Art Institute and the Milwaukee
Art Museum. Recent pieces include Underneath the Oval Office...(2005), an etching that casts Vice President Dick Cheney in the role of White House
puppet master, and A Brief Commercial Break (2005), a painting that lampoons the corruption of the media by commercial and corporate
interests. In the vein of satirists like Mark Twain and Jon Stewart, Colescott actively
seeks to use “humor as a way to disarm evil.”
"One Man's Trash" by Andrew J. Kuntz
One Man’s Trash… by Kuntz will be installed in the Wakeley Gallery. Kuntz’s found object sculptures
are composed of salvaged items from auctions, estates, rummage sales, junkyards and
street curbs, and are representative of society’s waste. The current body of Kuntz’s
work has developed steadily over the past six years. His creative process is meticulous
and time-consuming, requiring great patience as he sometimes waits years to discover
objects that fit together in just the right way.
Born in Lacrosse, Wisconsin, Kuntz graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison
with a bachelor’s of fine arts in 1990. “My work is an eclectic interpretation of
all I have gleaned and absorbed over the course of my life,” said Kuntz. “I enjoy
the act of salvaging and the notion of giving useless junk a second life.”
Regular gallery hours are Monday through Friday from noon to 4 p.m., Tuesday evenings
from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., and Saturday and Sundays from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. The gallery
will be closed for Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 3.
For additional information, contact Carmen Lozar, director of the Merwin and Wakeley
Galleries, at (309) 556-3391.
Contact: Teresa A. Sherman, (309) 556-3181