Merwin and Wakeley Galleries to Display Two New Collections
Artwork by Michael Mapes
August 25, 2009
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – Two new exhibits will be on display from Thursday, Sept. 3 to
Oct. 1 at Illinois Wesleyan University’s Merwin and Wakeley Galleries (6 Ames Plaza
West, Bloomington). In the Merwin Gallery, an exhibition called Specimen Collections by Michael Mapes will be on display, and the Wakeley Gallery will feature the collection
Food Court by Camm Rowland.
There will be an opening reception for both exhibitions on Sept. 3 from 5 p.m. to
6 p.m., and Mapes will deliver a gallery talk at 4 p.m. the same day in the galleries.
All exhibits and events are free and open to the public. Gallery hours are Monday
through Friday from noon to 4 p.m., Tuesday evening from 7-9 p.m., and Saturday through
Sunday from 1-4 p.m. The galleries will be closed on Monday, Sept. 7 for Labor Day.
Mapes maintains a full-time studio in Champaign, Ill. His compositions are often
comprised of various found objects and elements from the natural world arranged with
great attention to detail. His materials range from flower petals, seeds, and miscellaneous
botanic materials to specimens and pinning foam. Mapes earned a master’s of fine arts
degree from the University of Illinois and was the proprietor of the wholesale product
development company MINC from 1989 to 2002.
Artwork by Camm Rowland
Rowland is an artist, designer, and director currently serving as Creative Lead at
Digital Kitchen, an Emmy-award winning production and digital agency. An Illinois
Wesleyan alumnus, Rowland earned a master’s of fine arts degree in design from Cranbrook
Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, Mich., and currently maintains his own studio
in Chicago. His work often uses combinations of illustrative, collage, and photographic
techniques, as well as custom typography.
For additional information, contact Carmen Lozar, director of the Merwin and Wakeley
Galleries, at (309) 556-3391.
Contact: Garrett Rapp ’10, (309) 556-3181