Art Exhibits

Artwork by Wayne Bartola
Bertola Artwork

Dec. 12, 2013             

BLOOMINGTON, Ill.— From Thursday, January 9 to Thursday, February 6, Illinois Wesleyan’s Merwin and Wakeley Galleries in the Joyce G. Eichhorn Ames School of Art building (6 Ames Plaza West, Bloomington), will present works by David Jones, Marilyn Propp and Wayne Bertola.

Hours for the galleries are Monday through Friday, 12 to 4 p.m., Tuesday, 7 to 9 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday, 1 to 4 p.m. All events for the exhibits are free and open to the public.

On Thursday, January 9, a lecture about the Jones and Propp exhibit will be held from 4 to 5 p.m. in Room 218 in the School of Art, followed by an opening reception from 5 to 6 p.m.

The Merwin Gallery will hold an exhibit titled “Confluence/Undercurrents” by Jones and Propp.

Jones is the founder and director of Anchor Graphics, a not-for-profit fine art press, in Chicago. He has taught printmaking at the Chicago Art Institute, Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design and Columbia College Chicago. Jones currently serves on the Advisory Board of the Highpoint Center for Printmaking in Minneapolis and the Board of Directors of Southern Graphics Council International.

Regarding his exhibit, Jones writes, “My work has been an accumulation of marks that signify my relationship with the machine. The work is a way of dealing with my ongoing concern about proliferation, excess consumption and waste.”

David Jones and Marilyn Propp Artwork
David Jones and Marilyn Propp Artwork

Propp is the co-founder of Anchor Graphics and has taught at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and Loyola University. She is currently an adjunct faculty member in the Arts and Design department and the Interdisciplinary Arts department at Columbia College Chicago.

In her artist statement, Propp writes, “My current work, ‘Notes from the Sea,’ addresses industrial irresponsibility and recklessness; sustainability and the world’s marine ecosystems. The ocean is home to drifting plants, ocean travelers, microbes and plastic and metal waste: industrial debris and fragments of sea life are entangled in a dance of loss and destruction.”

The Wakeley Gallery will feature an exhibit called “An Ode to Memory” by Bertola. Based out of Chicago, his works have been displayed at The Purdue University Galleries, 33 Contemporary Gallery and The Black Cloud Gallery.

Bertola says of his art, “My work may be regarded as a metaphor for the inevitable, yet unpredictable changes wrought by the passage of time. It is a collection of found objects and images which function as relics of a nostalgic yet ambiguous narrative.”

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

Contact: Danielle Kamp ‘15 (309) 556-3181,