Chris Berti Artwork

Artwork by Chris Berti

Merwin & Wakeley Galleries Present Creative Works

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 West, Bloomington).

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.

Laura ODonnell Artwork

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.

Matthew Urban Artwork

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