William and Susan Sonntag Distinguished Art Scholar

Sunday, May 6, 2018


Mary Quinlan, PhD


"Raphael's School of Athens:

Nature, the Divine, the Hope for Peace"


Mary Quinlan is a Professor of Art of History at Northern Illinois University, in DeKalb, Illinois. She is a specialist in the Italian Renaissance and received her Ph.D. in Art History at the University of Chicago and is a 2018 National Science Foundation Award Recipient for her research: “Synergistic Relations Between Theories of Visual Perception and Iconoclasm” which looks at the connections between science, religion, and society. Dr. Quinlan’s study serves to create scholarly exchanges among those in the natural sciences, social sciences, visual arts, and several fields within the humanities.

She has published and lectured on relations between Italian Renaissance poetry and the visual arts, as well as on relations between Renaissance science, art, and religion and Her articles have appeared in the Journal of the Warburg and Courtauld Institutes, Renaissance Quarterly, the Journal of Neo-Latin Studies, and others.
In 2013, The University of Chicago Press published her book, Influences: Art, Optics and Astrology in the Italian Renaissance  which was then reissued in 2016


Komechak Art Gallery  -  Kindlon Hall  -  Fifth Floor North

2:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Open to the Public  -  Admission is Free

  Refreshments will Be Served

Current Exhibition

BenU Senior Exhibition

May 1 - May 12, 2018  




Highlights: Permanent Collection

          June 1 - July 31, 2018            



 Dan Czubak   -   "Crucifixion - Elevation"
Kindlon Hall - Lower Level

Benedictine University Permanent Collection


 Irving Amen   -   "Woman with Menorah"
Kindlon Hall    -   Second Floor

Benedictine University Permanent Collection



Directions to the Komechak Art Gallery

Enter the Benedictine campus at the Main Entrance.
Turn Left and park in the south parking lot of the Kindlon Hall of Learning
or Park in the Parking Garage.
Enter Kindlon Hall via the south enterance and proceed pass the Artium Area.
Turn left and follow the red signs to the elevator and proceed to the fifth floor.


Award Winners from the

2018 Juried Student Art Exhibition


Overall Awards

Best in Show                         Michelle Piasecki
Best in Fine Arts                   Rebecca McDonough
Best in Comm Arts               Jesus Gutierrez
Best in Graphic Arts             Rebecca McDonough

Honorable Mentions

Fundamentals in Design      Maria Sposito
Fin Arts                                 Sydney White
2-D Design                            Anna Silva
3-D Design                            Christian Estrada
Photography                          Nicola Calabrese
Graphic Arts                          Trevor Manxke
Printmaking                           Zijun, Jian

Best in Class

Freshman                              Njeri Gatheru
Sophmore                              Qizhao, Nie
Junior                                     Morgan Soukup
Senior                                    Juliana Esmail

People's Choice Award

               Christian Estrada



The Art Walking Tour at

Goodwin Hall of Business

   The Art Walking Tour is located on the
   Second, Third and Fourth Floors of
   Goodwin Hall on the Main Campus
   Brochures for the tour are located by the

   Goodwin Auditorium Doors on the first floor.




  Mission Statement

  The Fr. Michael E. Komechak, O.S.B. Art Gallery

  is dedicated to the stewardship of the vision of

  Fr. Michael Komechak for the preservation of and

  expansion of the Benedictine University Art Collection

  and is committed to being a hub facility for expansion

  of the arts at our institution and in our community at large.


  Vision Statement

  To develop a local and international reputation for expanding

  the view of art and culture, on our various campuses,

  in the local communities in which we exist, and throughout

  the Midwest, Southwest and Eastern Asia regions.


  This vision will be achieved by developing cohesive partnerships

  and by creating an atmosphere conducive to learning, creative

  articulation and critical thinking by providing educational,

  pedagogical and community opportunities through exposure to

  the permanent collection, temporary exhibitions and educational

  outreach programs.






Office of the Curator of Exhibitions and University Art Collections

Teresa J. Parker


Cathy Gaddis
Email: cgaddis@ben.edu

Phone: (630) 829-1873

Teresa J. Parker
Phone: (630) 829-6270