Summer Art Exhibits Include New Gallery Director's Work
June 11, 2015
BLOOMINGTON, Ill.— The newly named director of Illinois Wesleyan University’s Merwin and Wakeley Galleries will be one of the artists exhibiting work June 22-Aug. 27 in the galleries.
Ian T. Carey, currently project coordinator at the McLean County Arts Center, will
present some of his work in “Hoodwinked,” an exhibit in the Merwin Gallery. Carey
received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago,
and a Master of Fine Arts in painting and drawing from Illinois State University.
He also earned degrees in anthropology and political science from the University of
Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. A practicing visual artist, he has also taught courses
at Illinois State.
“I combine aspects of abstraction and figuration in an effort to create imagery that
represents my perspective on a confused and often troubled world,” Carey said in an
artist’s statement. “Each figure depicted has both unique and generalized characteristics
that reveal their individual condition.
“Each image is composed awkwardly and out of proportion, which parallels the way I
perceive things in my life,” he added. “Each image presents narrative scenarios that
are difficult to interpret allowing for participation within the poetics of the painting.
This generates a shared experience between the viewer and myself, with no singular
In the Wakeley Gallery, Neil Cole will present photographs in “Scenes from Seoul and
Kyoto.” A 16-year expatriate and university instructor, Cole explores photography
through capturing the scenes of beauty and daily life in his adopted home of South
Korea and during his travels abroad.
Through the taking of the photographs in “Scenes,” Cole has explored his appreciation
of patterns and geometries, sought the everyday in exotic places, found the pleasure
of viewing not only filled spaces but also empty ones, and discovered the sense of
longing and imbalance created when what should be centered is pressed to the edge,
he said in an artist’s statement.
Both Carey and Cole will speak at an opening reception Saturday, June 27 at 1:15 p.m.
The reception will continue until 3 p.m. in the Joyce Eichhorn Ames School of Art
building, 6 Ames Plaza West, Bloomington.
Summer gallery hours are Friday-Monday, 12 noon to 3 p.m. The gallery will be closed
July 4. The gallery’s phone number is 309-556-3822.