Artwork by Carrie Battista
Artwork by Akira Satake
Artwork by Shawn Sheehy

Art Gallery Exhibits

April 30, 2012 

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – Illinois Wesleyan University's Merwin and Wakeley Galleries will welcome three new exhibits on Thursday, May 3. They will continue to be on display through Friday, May 25.

The Merwin Gallery will feature the artwork of Akira Satake, "Inspired by Nature," as well as Carrie Battista's "Ladies and Gentlemen." Displayed in the Wakeley Gallery will be "Pop-Ups: Product and Process" by Shawn Sheehy.

The galleries are located in the Joyce Eichhorn Ames School of Art Building (6 Ames Plaza West, Bloomington). Regular gallery hours are Monday through Friday from noon to 4 p.m., Tuesday evenings from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

All exhibits are free and open to the public. The opening reception for all exhibitions will take place on Thursday, May 3 from 4 to 5 p.m. in the galleries. Satake and Battista will give a talk at 4:15 p.m. in the Merwin Gallery.

Born in Osaka, Japan, Satake is best known for his pottery and music. He has received awards in both the visual and musical arts, including the National Award for Excellence in Contemporary Clay at the Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show in 2007. Satake has had work selected for the annual Smithsonian Craft Show in Washington, D. C., and was invited to lecture in Israel and teach a workshop for the Israel Pottery Symposium at Tel Hai College in 2009. His ceramic work is featured in the permanent collections of the Mint Museum and the Sparta Teapot Museum.

An artist currently living and working in Normal, Battista focuses primarily on glasswork. After receiving a bachelor of fine arts degree in glass and a minor in sculpture at the Cleveland Institute of Art, she continued her artistic exploration by working and studying with contemporary artists, as well as taking on several residency programs. Battista has also studied a variety of media, including blacksmithing, printmaking and enameling, in addition to her work with glass. Her current work focuses on imagery and narrative scenes that incorporate and embrace the techniques of gold leaf gilding and reverse painting on glass to illuminate her scenes.

Exploring what he likes to call "the borderland between youth culture and adult culture" while making pop-up books for adults, Sheehy's work is engineered almost entirely by himself. "I control as much of the book production as possible – I make the paper, write the text, illustrate the images, engineer the structures, bind the folios and design the integrated whole," said Sheehy, who received a master of fine arts in interdisciplinary book and paper arts in 2002 from Columbia College in Chicago. Sheehy believes this particular medium captures the audience's attention with its attractive packaging, although its message may be more surprising than alluring.

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

Contact: Kristin Fields '12, (309) 556-3181,