The focal point of the new Egbers Quadrangle, “Aspiration” is the work of English artist Giles Rayner and incorporates water in a stainless steel structure soaring 12 feet high. “Aspiration” encourages contemplation and reflection, and is a gift to the University from the Jan Egbers family.
Part of an exhibit of loaned monumental works during the 2014-15 academic year, “Family with Dog” was purchased for Illinois Wesleyan in 2015. Brooklyn, NY-based artist Boaz Vaadia constructed the sculpture of bronze, bluestone and boulder. Vaadia’s work can also be found at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Time Warner Center.
“What’s Your Passion?” A life-size bronze statue of Minor Myers, jr. (1942-2003), former president of Illinois Wesleyan University, stands at the entry plaza to The Ames Library. The piece is the work of Normal sculptor Rick Harney, and is a gift to the University from B. Charles (Chuck) Ames ’50 and Joyce Eichhorn (Jay) Ames ’49.
The life-size bronze sculpture of explorer John Wesley Powell, who taught at Illinois Wesleyan in the 1860s, can be viewed in The Ames Library’s entry floor rotunda. Created by Rick Harney of Normal, the sculpture was commissioned by Victor Armstrong, Jr. ’64, Brian Armstrong ’65 and Margo Brinsley in honor of their parents, Trustee Emeritus Flo Armstrong ’43 and the late Victor Armstrong.
The Triple Helix sculpture hangs from a one-eight-inch aircraft cable appearing to float inside the Joyce Eichhorn Ames School of Art Building glass rotunda entrance. The sculpture by artist Lyle London of Tempe, Az., is stainless steel and dichroic glass. The work is a gift from Trustee Emeritus Flo Armstrong ’43.
Merwin & Wakeley Galleries in the Joyce Eichhorn Ames School of Art Building provide exhibition schedules that support the curriculum, the University community and the general public. These exhibitions mostly consist of contemporary artworks in all media. Each exhibition is meant to suggest the variety of visual approaches.