Art of the Sea

Model of the French Ship "Astrolabe"

Merwin and Wakeley Galleries to Feature Maritime Miniatures

June 3, 2009

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – Selections from ship model builder and collector Charles Lozar’s museum, the National Museum of Ship Models and Sea History, will be on display from Saturday, June 13 to Aug. 9 at Illinois Wesleyan University’s Merwin and Wakeley Galleries (6 Ames Plaza West, Bloomington). There will be an opening reception on June 13 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., and Lozar will deliver a gallery talk at 2:30 p.m. the same day.

All exhibits and events are free and open to the public. Summer gallery hours are Friday through Monday from noon to 3 p.m.

Lozar is the owner and curator of the National Museum of Ship Models and Sea History in Sadorus, Ill. For over 50 years, Lozar and his wife Ginger have collected models and memorabilia of every kind related to ships and the sea. Although he is an architect by trade, Lozar has been building ship models since he was in high school.

The models in the collection range from ancient Egyptian barges and Viking longships to modern day nuclear submarines. According to Lozar, “if it floats, there is almost certainly a beautiful scale replica on display.” The museum is currently home to over 340 models and artifacts, and the museum’s goal is to reflect a rough history of the world through the development of maritime travel. 

For additional information, contact Carmen Lozar, director of the Merwin and Wakeley Galleries, at (309) 556-3391.

Contact: Garrett Rapp ’10, (309) 556-3181