Merwin and Wakeley Galleries Present New Exhibits
November 13, 2008
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – Local sculptor Melanie Hunter will deliver a gallery talk today
from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. in Illinois Wesleyan University’s Merwin and Wakeley Galleries
(6 Ames Plaza West, Bloomington). Hunter’s sculptures, along with an exhibit by photographer
Tom Uttech, are on display at the galleries until Dec. 5.
All exhibits and events are free and open to the public. 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 Thanksgiving
from Nov. 25 through 30 and on Dec. 1 for A Day Without Art.
Artwork by Melanie Hunter
Hunter’s Auscultations, a series of glass sculptures, are featured in the Wakeley Gallery. The exhibit explores
the nature of connection and communication through familiar forms. Using iconic objects,
Hunter attempts to navigate the divide between symbolism and functionality, representation
An Illinois State University graduate with a master’s in fine arts, Hunter is the
glass casting technician to artist Nicolas Africano and has more than 20 years experience
in the medium. She also produces welded steel furniture and other architectural pieces
through her partnership with Pierce Hunter Studio. A native of England, she earned
a bachelor’s degree from Sunderland University in England.
Photography by Tom Uttech
Black and White Photographs by Tom Uttech are on display in the Merwin Gallery. Cited by critics as one of the
most widely-admired landscape artists in America, Uttech’s work in photography and
painting is largely inspired by locations in Canada’s North Woods and wilderness sites
in Minnesota. According to information about the artist, Uttech has shot thousands
of rolls of black-and-white-film over the past four decades.
A professor for more than 30 years, Uttech taught at the Arkansas Art Center in Little
Rock and the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee. He earned a bachelor’s degree from
Layton School of Art in Milwaukee and a master’s degree from the University of Cincinnati.
For additional information, contact Carmen Lozar, director of the Merwin and Wakeley
Galleries, at (309) 556-3391.
Contact: Teresa A. Sherman ’09, (309) 556-3181