March 27, 2017
BLOOMINGTON, Ill.— The Illinois Wesleyan University Merwin and Wakeley Galleries will host the 30th annual BFA/BA Senior Art Exhibit and the Juried Student Art Exhibition, April 3-27, at the Joyce Eichhorn Ames School of Art Building (6 Ames Plaza West, Bloomington). An opening reception will be held April 8 from 1-3 p.m., including an awards ceremony at 1:30 p.m. for both exhibits.
In the Senior Art Exhibit, graduating seniors Naijun (Nancy) Qu (Jiangsu, China), Makenna Merritt (Clayton, Ill.), Kelly Mangan (Streamwood, Ill.), Kaining Li (Foshan, China), and Lucero Sanchez (Chicago), will display their finest work. Three special awards will be presented at the awards ceremony. The Ames Library Purchase Award, The CLA Social Sciences Art Purchase Award, and The Admissions Art Purchase Prize are annual honors in which pieces of student artwork are selected from the exhibit to be displayed in campus buildings.
Students who are art majors and minors will be exhibit in the Juried Student Art Exhibition. This exhibit showcases works from all areas of the art program including painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, graphic design, 3-D design, ceramics, sculpture, and glass. The Sipich and Mayo Alumni Awards, the President’s Award, and the new Ames School of Art Purchase Award, along with other awards, will be presented at the April 8 ceremony.
Senior art students who have participated in the critique program will discuss their works on display in the galleries at 3 p.m. April 8 as part of the University-wide John Wesley Powell Student Research Conference. This annual event recognizes the research projects and creative endeavors of Illinois Wesleyan University students.
The art exhibit remains on display through April 27. Gallery hours are Monday-Friday 12 to 4 p.m., Tuesdays from 7 to 9 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public.
By Vi Kakares ’20