Galleries to Feature Works by Anita Lobel and Katherine Paulson

Paulson artwork
Globe de Mariee by Katherine Paulson

Feb. 3, 2015

Illinois Wesleyan University’s Merwin and Wakeley Galleries in the Joyce G. Eichhorn Ames School of Art building will feature illustrations by children’s author and illustrator Anita Lobel and sculpture by glass artist Katherine Paulson from Feb. 9 through March 31.

Paulson will present a gallery talk on her exhibit, “Multiflora” Feb. 11 at 4:15 p.m., followed by a reception.

Inspired by the aesthetic properties and historical uses of her medium, Paulson’s repertoire consists of detailed and precious fragile objects.

An Illinois native and graduate of Alfred University, Paulson has worked for and alongside glass artists across the country. She has taught at multiple glassblowing schools and studios, and presently teaches at Chicago Hot Glass, an arts center.

Lobel artwork
One Lighthouse, One Moon by Anita Lobel

Lobel will speak in the galleries at 7 p.m. on Feb. 24, followed by a book signing at 8 p.m. in the lobby of the art building. She will also present the Founders Day Convocation address Feb. 25 at 11 a.m. in Westbrook Auditorium of Presser Hall.

The Merwin Gallery will display Lobel’s work, which is known for its distinctive and theatrical style with opulent costumes and tapestries, richly patterned landscapes and colorful flowers. The title of the exhibit, “All the World’s A Stage,” is based on a book of the same name, for which Lobel illustrated.

A native of Poland, Lobel worked as a textile designer for several years before beginning her work as a children’s book illustrator. Her oeuvre includes numerous books, including Sven’s Bridge, No Pretty Pictures, which was a 1998 finalist for the National Book Award, and On Market Street, a collaboration between Lobel and her husband that earned a 1982 Caldecott Honor.           

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 galleries will be closed Mar. 7-15 for spring break.  

By Tia Patsavas ’16