Champaign-Based Artist to Turn IWU Student Body into Art

February 4, 2008

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – Champaign artist Michael Mapes is creating new artwork based on the theme “student bodies,” and is asking the Illinois Wesleyan community to donate source material for the exhibition, which opens in September at Illinois Wesleyan University’s Merwin Gallery (6 Ames Plaza, Bloomington).

The work, which Mapes calls a “collective portrait,” will incorporate content originating from or inspired by Illinois Wesleyan students, faculty, staff and alumni. “I’m interested in amassing materials that will represent the content of these ‘student bodies,’” said Mapes, adding that the content could take any number of forms, such as photographs, found images and objects, short videos, Web links and writings.

Through April 1, digital images and materials can be e-mailed or uploaded to the artist at the project Web site, www.room62.com and non-digital content may be placed in a drop box located at The Ames School of Art or mailed to the address provided on the Web site.

Use of all submitted materials becomes the right and discretion of the artist and is limited to this project only. Additional information about the project and the artist, as well as instructions on how to upload via Facebook, is available online at the project Web site.

Contact: Teresa A. Sherman, (309) 556-3181