Benedictine University is an inclusive academic community dedicated to teaching and learning, scholarship and service, truth and justice, as inspired by the Catholic intellectual tradition, the social teaching of the Church, and the principles of wisdom in the Rule of St. Benedict.
Benedictine University aspires to be a thought leader in Catholic higher education. We seek to provide a transformative and integrative educational experience grounded in Benedictine values, helping students shape lives of meaning and purpose as engaged citizens who care for the earth, welcome people of diverse faiths and cultures, and promote the common good.
Benedictine University is a private Catholic university, located in the western Chicago suburban community of Lisle, Illinois.
Over the past forty years, the university has developed an expansive permanent art collection of fine and applied arts which consists of local, regional and internationally recognized artists. Before the Fr. Michael E. Komechak, O.S.B Art Gallery was established in 2013, the permanent art collection was displayed in the hallways of the fourth floor in Old Ben Hall and appropriated temporary exhibit spaces in display cases and hallways all around the campus.
After the demolition of Ben Hall in 2004, Fr. Michael began to dispersed a portion of the collection throughout the campus and moved the rest of the collection into a 900 square foot office space in Scholl Hall and in 2009, he passed away, but he always knew that his vision of a permanent gallery space at Benedictine University would some day be realized.
In December of 2012, Fr. Michael's dream came true. Benedictine University announced that an art gallery would be established in the name of Fr. Michael E. Komechak, O.S.B. and it would be located on the fifth floor of the Kindlon Hall of Learning. Over-looking the city of Lisle, IL, the art gallery would include 1500 sq. ft. of exhibition space along with climate controlled archival space, fully equipped work area, and 2000 sq. ft. of additional floor space to be used for events and programming.
One year later, on August 19, 2013, a ribbon-cutting ceremony took place to commemorate the opening of the new, and much anticipated Fr. Michael E. Komechak, O.S.B. Art Gallery.