Benedictine University’s Fr. Michael Komechak O.S.B. Art Gallery proudly announces its art collection reflects an emphasis on 19th and 20th-century American and European art, and it includes an emphasis on Midwest regional art and world religious art. The collection mainly consists of drawings, paintings, printmaking, photographs, ceramics, sculpture and folk art and numbers over 3500 pieces. Local, national, and international artists are represented in the collection, with special emphasis on Chicago area artists.
Selections of the permanent collection are on view in the Komechak Art Gallery and are featured in special exhibitions. Virtual exhibitions will be an on-going component of the website, and a virtual listing of the permanent collection is currently being developed.
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A large portion of the Komechak Art Gallery’s permanent collection support local, national and international artists. Chicago Hairy Who artists like Ed Paschke, Barbara Rossi, and internationally recognized artists like Josef Beuys, Christo, Philip Pearlstein, Ursula von Rydingsvard, Pat Steir, Robert Indiana, Kathe Kollwitz, Richard Hunt and Fred Stonehouse are among many their notable artists.
During the 1980s-2000’s Benedictine University chose to focus their collection efforts on printmaking and works on paper. The fine print collection comprises nearly half of the Komechak Art Gallery’s permanent collection, and includes artists from 17th to 21st –century from Europe, Japan, America and Latin America.
The Komechak Art Gallery has a diverse collection of outsider artists, both American and Latin American. Works by Howard Finster, Bonnette, Tolliver, Bell, and local artists Mr. Imagination and Wesley Willis round out the works on paper, wood and mixed media.
An emphasis in the Komechak Art Gallery is its religious collection, consisting of paintings, prints, carved angels and crucifix, icons, chalices and religious statues. Works from this part of the collection come from American Southwest, Latin America, Asia, Eastern Europe and America.