Artwork by James M. Smith
Smith artwork

Giants and Wildlands at Merwin and Wakeley Galleries

August 31, 2012                                                       

BLOOMINGTON, Ill.— The Merwin and Wakeley Galleries will display two new art exhibits from Thursday, Sept. 6 through Thursday, Oct. 4.  The Merwin Gallery will feature “Giants” a mixed media exhibit by James M. Smith and the Wakeley Gallery will feature “Wildlands” a prints exhibit by Todd Freeman.

The opening reception for both exhibits will be in the galleries on Thursday from 5 to 6 p.m. There will be a lecture by Smith at 4:15 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 6 prior to the opening reception.

The galleries are located in the Joyce Eichhorn Ames School of Art Building (6 Ames Plaza West, Bloomington). Gallery hours are Monday through Friday from 12 to 4 p.m., 
 Tuesday evening from 7 to 9 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m.

The exhibits are free and open to the public.

Smith’s work, exhibited regularly since 1973, has won numerous awards.  According to artist Arthur Osver, Smith is both an inspired painter and savvy Alchemist. "For him, anything and everything can lend itself to the magic of everyday living: paper, cloth, metal. Wood or whatever, undergo a transmutation into images and objects of vivid power and resonance. Their impact on us is to change forever the way we now see the world," said Osver.

Artwork by Todd Freeman
Freeman artwork

Smith a native of St. Louis, Mo. works with mixed media. He received his bachelor’s of fine arts degree in painting and printmaking from Kansas University and earned his master’s of fine arts degree from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Smith has taught at universities in United States and Canada.

Freeman’s work has been displayed in many group and solo exhibitions since 2002. He is represented by Gallery Hijinks in San Francisco. His works, which include prints and drawings, are rooted in the traditional language of taxonomy, derived from old illustrations of specimen from the natural sciences. According to Freeman “My prints draw material from the natural and supernatural kingdoms, and referencing both alleged anomalies and legitimate marvels. They are inert swatches from the natural world and offer documentation for stories that time has lost of dismissed.”

Freeman, born in 1981 in Paw Paw, Mich. holds a bachelor of fine arts in printmaking from Grand Valley State University. He has been a visiting artist at the Kendal College of Art and Design. He currently lives and works in Grand Rapids, Mich.

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

    Contact: Mallika Kavadi ’15, (309) 556-3181,