Rock Show Posters and Easter Eggs
Artwork by Burlesque of North America
October 28, 2009
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – Exhibits by artists Jennifer Crescuillo and Burlesque of North
America will be on display at Illinois Wesleyan University's Merwin and Wakeley Galleries
beginning Tuesday, Nov. 10 with an artist's lecture to take place from 4 to 5 p.m.
and an opening reception for both shows from 5 to 6 p.m. in the galleries (6 Ames
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 to 9 p.m. and Saturday
and Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. The galleries will be closed Nov. 24 through Nov. 29
for Thanksgiving Break, as well as closed Dec. 1.
The Merwin Gallery will feature Burlesque of North America, a graphic design and screenprinting
studio based in Minneapolis, Minn. The studio is formed by a group that once worked
on the no longer existent graffiti magazine, Life Sucks Die. Burlesque, lead by creative directors Wes Winship and Mike Davis, has since created
album artwork, logos, T-shirt graphics, and concert posters for such groups as The
Arcade Fire, Phish, and MGMT. Their Merwin Gallery display will focus on the rock
show posters and art prints which have been published, designed and screenprinted
at the studio.
Artwork by Jennifer Crescuillo
The Wakeley Gallery will feature the glasswork of Crescuillo. Crescuillo received
her bachelor’s degree from Bowling Green State University and is currently in her
third year of graduate school at Southern Illinois University- Carbondale. She will
receive her master’s degree in glass in the spring of 2010.
Crescuillo has been working with glass for the past seven years including techniques
such as blowing, casting, laminating and cold working. Most of her work focuses on
natural themes of growth, reproduction, and the history of the planet, included in
her display in Wakeley Gallery. Her exhibit’s focus will be Easter eggs, which she
says combine, “a symbol of fertility and a promise of spring after winter” with the
“integration of many pagan and pre-Christian ideas by Christianity.”
For additional information, visit the exhibit Web page or contact Carmen Lozar, director of the Merwin and Wakeley Galleries, at (309) 556-3391.
Contact: Monica Piotrowski '09, (309) 556-3181