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