Aug. 26, 2016
BLOOMINGTON, Ill.— Illinois Wesleyan University’s Merwin and Wakeley Galleries will feature the work of Peoria-area ceramicist Tim Kowalczyk and Chicago-based painter Ryan Richey in September. Both artists will present gallery walks on Sept. 8 during an opening reception in the Joyce G. Eichhorn Ames School of Art building, 6 Ames Plaza West, Bloomington.
Kowalczyk is the ceramics instructor at Illinois Central College in East Peoria. His exhibition in the Merwin Gallery, entitled “Functioning,” opens Sept. 6. Kowalczyk received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in ceramics and art education from Southern Illinois University Carbondale. In 2011 he earned a Master of Fine Arts degree from Illinois State University. He has won several awards, such as the 82nd annual Merwin Medal, Water Street Studios: Best of Show and the Presidential Scholarship at Anderson Ranch Arts Center. Kowalczyk’s work is part of many university and private collections and represented in several galleries across the nation.
Richey said his paintings “begin as an observations, something noticed on a walk or a change in the air.” His work deals with themes ranging from boredom to love, or hope to loss, and will be reflected in his exhibit entitled “Everyday Romances” opening Sept. 6. Richey received both bachelor’s and master’s degrees from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He has had solo exhibitions at Loyola University and at the Rowley Kennerk Gallery, among others. Richey’s work has been featured in numerous group exhibitions, including a recent show at the Shane Campbell Gallery, and is also represented in the collection of the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.
An opening reception will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Sept. 8. Kowalczyk will discuss his work at 4:30 p.m. followed by Richey’s talk at 5:15 p.m. Both shows remain on exhibit through Sept. 29. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday 12 to 4 p.m., Tuesday evenings 7 to 9 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday 1 to 4 p.m.
By Reilly Kasprak ’17