Glass Models, Paintings Featured in Summer Exhibitions

Glass Model from the "Lifeforms" Exhibition

Artwork by Jungels-Goodyear

April 29, 2014

BLOOMINGTON, Ill.— Glass models of plant and animal life, along with paintings by local artist Mary Jungels-Goodyear, will be presented beginning May 8 at Illinois Wesleyan University’s Merwin and Wakeley Galleries.

The Merwin Gallery will feature “Lifeforms”: The Rudolf and Leopold Blaschka Glass Biological Model Exhibition. Initiated by glass artist Robert Mickelsen, the juried exhibit honors acclaimed 19th- and 20th-century German glass artists Leopold Blaschka and his son, Rudolf Blaschka.

Over a 30-year period, the two produced hundreds of scientifically accurate glass models of invertebrates and plants. The “Lifeforms” exhibit features biological glass models created by current artists from several countries in the spirit of the Blaschkas’ work. Carmen Lozar, director of the Merwin and Wakeley Galleries, will give a gallery talk on May 8 at 4:15 p.m.

A resident of Normal, Jungels-Goodyear’s work will be featured in the Wakeley Gallery. The exhibit, “Layered Landscapes,” is a collection of oil, acrylic and watercolor paintings made in several different styles.

She creates her work by studying the environment, painting on location and using Photo-Assemblage, a collage design process inspired by her own photographs. Jungels-Goodyear holds an Master of Fine Arts from the University of Oregon. She will deliver a gallery talk May 8 at 4:15 p.m.

Both galleries will host opening receptions on May 8 from 4 to 6 p.m. The Merwin and Wakeley Galleries are located in the Joyce G. Eichhorn Ames School of Art Building. Admission to the reception and the exhibitions is free and open to the public.

Gallery hours May 8 to May 30 are Monday through Friday from 12 noon to 4 p.m., Tuesdays 7 to 9 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays from 1 to 4 p.m. Summer gallery hours, from June 2 to July 25, are Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday from 1 to 4 p.m. The galleries will be closed for Memorial Day and Independence Day.

For additional information, contact Lozar at (309) 556-3391. 

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