Ceramicist, Painter to Exhibit Works at Illinois Wesleyan
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.