21st Annual Juried Student Art Exhibition to Begin

January 25, 2008

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – Illinois Wesleyan University’s Merwin and Wakeley Galleries will host the 21st Annual Juried Student Art Exhibition Tuesday, Feb. 12 through Thursday, Feb. 28. A reception and an awards ceremony will be held Feb. 12 from 4 to 6 p.m. in the galleries, located in the Ames School of Art building (6 Ames Plaza West, Bloomington). The ceremony will begin at 4:30 p.m. and the reception will be held from 4 to 6 p.m.

The event is free and open to the public.

The exhibition will showcase the work of Illinois Wesleyan students who are art majors and minors.  All areas of the studio art program will be represented, including painting, drawing, printmaking, graphic design, photography, ceramics, sculpture, and glass. 

Lisa Costello, gallery director for Parkland College in Champaign, Ill., will be this year’s juror. Several awards will be presented, including the Illinois Wesleyan Hart Career Center Purchase Award and the Hansen Center Purchase Award. The award winning pieces will be added to the permanent collection of student artwork in the Hart Career Center and the Hansen Student Center. Also on the list is the President’s Award chosen by Illinois Wesleyan University’s President Richard F. Wilson, as well as the Director’s Award, chosen by Miles Bair, director of the School of Art.

Gallery hours are as follows: Monday through Friday, noon to 4 p.m.; Tuesday evening, 7 to 9 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 1 to 4 p.m. There is no charge for admission to the gallery.

For additional information, contact Visiting Director Carmen Lozar at (309) 556-3391.

Contact: Jessica Block, (309) 556-3181