Current Exhibition

2018-2019 Programs & Events

First Sunday Tea & Talk Logo

The First Sunday Tea & Talk Art Lecture Series features
noted lecturers on timely art related topics.
All lectures are held on the fifth floor of the Kindlon Hall of Learning 
2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
These events are open to the public, admission is free and refreshments are served.




Sunday, October 7, 2018
"The Splendors of Sicilian Architecture"
Jennifer Scavone
Senior Lecturer, Fine Arts
Benedictine University

Sunday, November 4, 2018


"The Art of Music Therapy"


Alyssa Wilkins
Music Therapist
Center for Creative Arts Therapy

Sunday, December 2, 2018




"Reflections of Christmas"




Carol Allen
Campus Minister
Coordinator of Retreats
Faith Formation & Liturgy
Campus Ministry
Benedictine University

Sunday, February 3, 2019



"Victorian Romantic Jewelry"

4th Annual For the Love of Chocolate





Teresa J. Parker
Komechak Art Gallery
Benedictine University

Sunday, March 3, 2019



"Racism in Asian-American Art"



Laura Kina

Professor, Art,Media Design

Director, Critical Ethnic Studies

DePaul University, Chicago, IL


Sunday, April 7, 2019




"Destruction of Ancient Archaeological

Sites In the Middle East"




Ömür Harmanşah
Associate Professor of Art History
Director of Undergraduate Studies
Art History
University of Illinois, Chicago, IL


Art & Religion Curator Lecture Series

This lecture series draws from the Benedictine University  Permanent Art Collection

and focuses on religious art work that is a part of that collection.

This series runs once each semester for the 2018-2019 season and is a brown bag event.
You bring your lunch, we provide the drinks!



Location and Time

Monday, October 15, 2018
"The Religious Architectural Prints of
John Taylor Arms"



12:20 pm to 1:15 pm
Kindlon Hall
Fifth Floor
Komechak Art Gallery

Monday, March 10, 2019


"Reverend Howard Finster and
His Bandwagon of Art"
12:20 pm to 1:15 pm
Kindlon Hall
Fifth Floor
Komechak Art Gallery

"Gates of the City"  -  John Taylor Arms  -  Recently Auctioned at Christie's



 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.

Visit Benedictine University and take 

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 of Business on the Main Campus in Lisle, IL
Pick-up a brochure for this self guided tour from any of the tour boxes
located by the Goodwin Auditorium Doors on the first floor
or you can findbrochures conveniently located
on floors 2, 3 and 4 to your right on the wall as you exit the elevators.


2018 Festival of the

Trees and Creches

Call for Volunteers and Tree Designers
We need Volunteers and Designers
for the Set-up of

this years Festival of the Trees and Creches!

If you would like to design a tree or
volunteer with the set-up and
for more information, dates of set-up

and design guidlines,

Please click the button below

2018-2019 Exhibition Schedule

October 1 - November 8, 2018

BenU Art Faculty Biennial

Lynn Mackenzie

"Chairs 2 (My Dad Cooking...)

William Scarlato
"Self-Portrait within a Meaning of Life" 

Faculty from the Lisle, IL and Mesa, AZ Campuses in the Departments of Communications, Fine Arts and Graphic Arts and Design will exhibit in a mixed media showing of their recent artworks.

Featured faculty artists include William Scarlato, Hai Ri Han, Teresa J. Parker, David Marcet, Jennifer Scavone, Karen Brooks, Vincent Lucarelli, Lynn Mackenzie,Susan Davis, and James Bulosan.

Reception: Wednesday, October 10, 2018
3:00 pm - 6:00 pm  -  Kindlon Hall  -  Fifth Floor
Open to the Public and Refreshments will be served.

November 19 - December 21, 2018

2nd Annual Festival of Trees and Creches


Featuring Handcrafted Christmas Trees by Local Artists and fifty crèches from the collection of Marmion High School.

January 14 - February 28, 2019

Milan K. Kosar: Life and Love


Czech –American, Milan K. Kosar, is an undiscovered, folk artist working in the medium of graphic arts and illustration, who passed away in 2011 and bequeathed his entire body of work to the Komechak Art Gallery. We are honoring this donation with a first ever exhibition of his art work. 

March 5 - April 13, 2019

International Graphic Arts: 

Students of Dankook University


The Komechak Art Gallery is excited to exhibit the graphic arts creations of the students enrolled in the Visual Communication Design Programs at  Dankook University in Yongin, South Korea. 

Benedictine University Hai Ri Han, Associate Professor,Graphic Arts, will guest curator of this exhibition. 

April 15 - 30, 2019

BenU Juried Student Art 

Juried competition featuring art work from students enrolled in the Benedictine University Communications Arts, Fine Arts and Graphic Arts Programs for the 2018-2019 Academic Year

May 5 - May 15, 2019

BenU Senior Art Exhibition

An exhibition of the art work from 2019 Seniors graduating with degrees in Communication Arts, Graphic Arts and Fine Arts from Benedictine University.


About the 

Fr. Michael E. Komechak, OSB

Art Gallery


  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.






Komechak Art Gallery Hours
Monday - Thursday: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Saturdays:                 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Sundays: Closed

Office of the Curator of Exhibitions and University Art Collections

Teresa J. Parker


Cathy Gaddis

Phone: (630) 829-1873

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