Merwin & Wakeley Galleries Present Creative Works
Artwork by Chris Berti
March 2, 2009
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – Works by artists Chris Berti, Laura O’Donnell and Matthew Urban
will be displayed March 10 through April 2 in Illinois Wesleyan’s Merwin & Wakeley
galleries, located in the Joyce Eichhorn Ames School of Art Building (6 Ames Plaza
The exhibits are free and open to the public. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday,
12 to 4 p.m., Tuesday evenings, 7 to 9 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, 1 to 4 p.m.
On Tuesday March 10, Berti and O’Donnell will give a lecture at 4 p.m. in room 218
of the Ames School of Art Building, and an opening reception will take place for exhibitions
at 5 p.m. in the galleries.
The Merwin Gallery will feature Natural Relationship with the works of Berti and O’Donnell. Berti received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree
in ceramics from Alfred University, Alfred, N.Y. in 1981 and his Master of Fine Arts
in ceramics at the Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, Mich. in 1983. Berti
is currently an associate professor of art at Parkland College, Champaign, Ill. His
work involves creating carvings from brick and tile.
Artwork by Laura O'Donnell
O’Donnell received her Bachelor of Arts degree in 1992 in art and ceramics from Wittenberg
University, Springfield, Ohio, her Master of Arts degree in art history from the University
of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1998 and her Master of Fine Arts degree in ceramics
from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2000. She currently teaches
modern art history and ceramics at Parkland College. O’Donnell’s work uses nature
and architecture as visual reference points, and it explores the relational complexities
between inner and external realities. Her work has been exhibited nationally and appears
in Surface Design for Ceramics by Maureen Mills as well as six of Lark’s “500 Series” books.
Artwork by Matthew Urban
The Wakeley Gallery will showcase See Life by Urban. This is Urban’s third and most notable solo exhibition, looking at aquatic
life in glass. The shape, color and movement of tropical sea fish life inspire each
piece of glasswork. Urban received his undergraduate degree in glass at the University
of the Arts, Philadelphia, Pa., and received his Master of Fine Arts degree at Illinois
State University in 2007. He has been an artist-in-residence and an instructor at
Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, N.Y. and a staff member at the Pilchuck Glass School,
Seattle, Wash. He has studied around the world with numerous master glassmakers. Urban
recently opened a private art studio in Bloomington.
For additional information, contact Carmen Lozar, director of the Merwin & Wakeley
galleries, at (309) 556-3391.
Contact: Allegra Gallian, ’09, (309) 556-3181