BLOOMINGTON — The 32nd Annual Juried Student Art Exhibition and  Senior Art Exhibit will be April 8 through April 24 at Illinois Wesleyan University.

The exhibits will display works from graduating seniors and an array of pieces celebrating the art program.

A reception will be held in the galleries from 1 to 3 p.m. April 13, with an awards ceremony at 1:30 p.m. 

All events are free and open to the public.

The Senior Art Exhibit includes graduating students displaying their best pieces produced during their senior year. The exhibition, held in the University’s Merwin Galleries, will include works from Alyssa Kaufman, Anneke Nilles, Emily Wilkes, Emily Chapman, Hieu Vu, Lixuan He and Macey Grant.

Displayed alongside those works will be the 32nd Annual Student Art Exhibition, designed to represent all disciplines in the School of Art, including painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, graphic design, 3D design, ceramics, sculpture and glass. Student artists of all years will be showcased.

Doug Johnson, executive director of the McLean County Arts Center, will judge the student show this year. Johnson graduated from Illinois State University with a master’s degree in studio art, in addition to a master of fine arts degree in painting from Northern Illinois University. He serves on the executive board of Arts Alliance Illinois, and is president of the Area Arts Round Table, a consortium of McLean County Arts programmers.

Following the reception on April 13, the galleries will host the final segment of the daylong John Wesley Powell Student Research Conference where seniors who participated in the senior critique program will talk about their works in the galleries; refreshments will be served.

The galleries are open from noon to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday and from 1 to 4 p.m. on weekends.


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