Schedule of Exhibitions

Date Description Location

August 11 through
September 30, 2014

"Ruins" by Aya Takada – photographs
Reception: Saturday, September 6, 2014 2:00 pm - 4:00 p.m.

The US debut exhibition for Japanese photographer Aya Takada. Takada spent time traveling through the devastated areas affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake of 2011. Her studies of landscape, towns, homes and remnants of peoples' lives is both poignant and startling.

Kindlon Hall - 1st Floor - North

August 18 through
September 27, 2014

"Coolness!" Sculptures by Larry Ballard
Reception: Saturday, September 6, 2014 2:00 pm - 4:00 p.m.

Artist and collector Larry Ballard's unique twist in representing icons of American culture, as well as putting his person stamp on the staples of being man's best friend, comes together in a whimsical, yet subtle commentary on our society. This exhibition marks the first anniversary of the opening of the Fr. Michael E. Komechak Art Gallery.

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

Kindlon Hall - 5th Floor

August 18 through
October 24, 2014

Aurora Christian High School - mixed media
Reception: Saturday, September 6, 2014 2:00 pm - 4:00 p.m.

Kindlon Hall - 1st Floor - South and

Kindlon Hall - 5th Floor - North

August 25 through
October 10, 2014

Fine Arts Faculty Biennale - Mesa + Springfield +Lisle – mixed media
Reception: Saturday, September 6, 2014 2:00 pm - 4:00 p.m.

A biennial celebration of Benedictine University's Fine Art teachers, this year's exhibition will include art from the Lisle, Springfield and Mesa campuses.

Kindlon Hall - 2nd Floor Atrium

September 17 through
October 8, 2014

"Witness to the Revolution: Accounts from Americans Who Were There" - multimedia
Reception: Saturday, September 20, 2014 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

As communism fell in Europe in the fall and winter of 1989, several Americans were in Czechoslovakia and had the opportunity to witness a pivotal moment in history. This traveling exhibit from the National Czech and Slovak Museum & Library uses eyewitness accounts from Americans who were there, including a professor, a student, a reporter and U.S. Embassy staff. Their notes, pictures and videos combine to tell a fascinating story of revolution and freedom. This multimedia display originated from the National Czech and Slovak Museum & Library, from Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Kindlon Hall - 5th Floor - North

Sunday, October 5, 2014

First Sunday Tea and Art Lecture Series - Dr. David Oulette
"The Mayan Creation Myth of Popul Vuh" 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Dr. David Oulette will give an engaging discussion about the ancient pre-Columbian Popul Vuh codex and how it helped shape the Mayans’ belief about creation and death.  Dr. Oullette is Instructor of Art History at College of DuPage and received his PhD in Art History from Northern Illinois University.

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

Kindlon Hall - 5th Floor

October 6 through
November 30, 2014

"Ed Paschke: In Private Hands", a 10 yr. commemorative exhibition
Reception: Saturday, October 4, 2014 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

This commemorative exhibition celebrates the lively and Pop art-influenced representational imagery associated with Edward Paschke's art. Known as one of the internationally-acclaimed Chicago's Imagists artists, he chose to work with intensely colorful expressionism and aggressive themes. The exhibition is comprised of family members' collections, which have rarely been seen in public.

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

Kindlon Hall - 5th Floor

October 6 through
December 19, 2014

"Appalachia Portraits" Andrew Auten – photographs
Reception: Saturday, October 18, 2014 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Texas photographer Andrew Auten makes his US debut exhibition. Auten spent a year in West Virginia documenting life in small town Appalachia. His dramatically-lit portraits of the people from that area show an honest engagement with the subject. Caravaggio echoes from these stark, frank images.

Kindlon Hall - 1st Floor - North

October 17 through
December 19, 2014

District 203 Art Teachers- mixed media
Reception: Saturday, October 18, 2014 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

"Teachers are passionate about the subject they teach. As lifelong learners, educators are in constant pursuit of new concepts and techniques. This exhibit showcases a variety of art works from Naperville District 203 Art Educators (EC-12). Each teacher offers knowledge and skill in their area of expertise ranging in a variety of media. This is exhibited in what they teach in the classroom and through their own art."

Kindlon Hall - 2nd Floor Atrium

Sunday, November 2, 2014

First Sunday Tea and Art Lecture Series - William Scarlato
"Problems in Representing the Human Figure" 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

William Scarlato, Professor of Art and Chair of the Department of Fine Arts at Benedictine University, will present a discussion on how portraiture fares with other genres of figural expression by using samples from the History of Art. Scarlato received his masters of Fine Arts degree from Yale University and is a practicing artist in painting, printmaking and drawing.

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

Kindlon Hall - 5th Floor

November 1 through
December 19, 2014

Portraiture in the 21st Century Photo competition

Kindlon Hall - 1st Floor - South

Sunday, December 7, 2014

First Sunday Tea and Art Lecture Series - Lisa Dzuricsko
"Creches" From the collection at the Marmion Academy Dr. Scholl Gallery 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

A lecture by Lisa Dzuricsko, art faculty and curator of the Dr. Scholl Gallery at Marmion Academy, Aurora, IL will be presented regarding the history of the gallery’s creche collection. Tea and Refreshments will be served.

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

Kindlon Hall - 5th Floor

December 7 through
January 10, 2015

"Creches" from the private collection at Marmion Academy
Reception: Sunday, December 7, 2014 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

In a joint exhibition, Marmion Academy and Benedictine University will exhibit more than 300 nativity reaches from around the world in this unique collection of popular holiday folk art.

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

Kindlon Hall - 5th Floor

January 15 through
February 28, 2015

"Chicago's Civil Rights" by Bernard Kleina - photographs
Reception: Tuesday, January 19, 201410:00 am - 1:00 pm

The Chicago Freedom Movement Photography Exhibit is a small but revealing snapshot of Dr. Martin Luther Kings visit and marches in Chicago, and of both the ugliness and beauty of the response to open housing by the people of Chicago.

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

Kindlon Hall - 5th Floor

Office of the Curator of Exhibitions and University Art Collections
BENEDICTINE UNIVERSITY

Curator:
Teresa J. Parker
Contact:
Email: cgaddis@ben.edu
Phone: (630) 829-6320