Merwin and Wakeley Galleries to Feature Paintings and Ceramics
August 25, 2010
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – Illinois Wesleyan University’s Merwin and Wakeley Galleries (6
Ames Plaza West, Bloomington) will feature the artwork of Michiko Itatani, as well
as the ceramic work of Lou Pierozzi, from Thursday, Sept. 2 through Thursday, Sept.
All exhibits are free and open to the public. The opening reception for both exhibitions
will take place on Thursday, Sept. 2 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Artwork by Michiko Itatani
Itatani’s display, consisting of eight works from 2002-2010, is centered around the
theme of “Cosmic Wanderlust” and will be shown in the Merwin Gallery. “I am presenting
my personal fiction based on the human desire to reach out into the mental and physical
space beyond our grasp,” said Itatani. A professor at The School of the Art Institute
of Chicago, she is the recipient of the National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship,
Marie Sharp Walsh New York Studio Grant and John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, among
others. Her paintings have been shown nationally and internationally. Itatani received
her master’s degree in fine arts at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in
Artwork by Lou Pierozzi
Pierozzi’s ceramic display, Rediscovering America, will be featured in the Wakeley Gallery. “My vessels, although functional, draw
upon a unique time in history when machines first became mainstream. My ceramic pieces
look to emulate the visual weight and mechanical parts that were present in these
historical objects,” said Pierozzi of his work. An adjunct art professor at Oakton
Community College, he has been working in ceramics for over 19 years. His artwork
has been displayed in numerous exhibitions and galleries throughout the country. Pierozzi
received his master’s degree in fine arts at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale
Regular gallery hours are Monday through Friday from noon to 4 p.m., Tuesday evenings
from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., and Saturday and Sundays from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
For additional information, contact Carmen Lozar, director of the Merwin and Wakeley
Galleries, at (309) 556-3391.
Contact: Kristin Fields, ’12, (309) 556-3181