2007
Benedictine art collection goes on display in Krasa Student Center

Benedictine art collection goes on display in Krasa Student Center
January 19, 2007

Phil Brozynski, Media Relations Manager
(630) 829-6094
pbrozynski@ben.edu

Fr. Michael Komechak, O.S.B., curator of the Benedictine University art collection, began collecting art in 1951 when he paid $10 for a portfolio of screen prints. “I believe art enhances the school and reminds us that everybody is potentially an artist whether it is musically, dramatically or visually,” Fr. Michael said. Although the art collection has no budget – Fr. Michael solicits friends and relatives for money and donations also come from private collectors and art galleries – today the Benedictine art collection contains more than 3,000 pieces. It includes sculptures, paintings, drawings, photographs, calligraphy, ceramics and other craft and folk art pieces. Much of the collection is made up of original prints. Fifty-seven of those prints are now on display in the lower level of the Krasa Student Center. Fr. Michael selected these prints from the collection as representative of the four kinds of printmaking taught at Benedictine University – relief printmaking, intaglio, lithography and serigraphy. The prints include works by Rembrandt, Marc Chagall, Salvador Dali, Max Beckman, Gabor Peterdi and others. The public is invited to view the exhibition. For more information about the exhibit, contact Fr. Michael at (630) 829-6270.

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Benedictine University is located in Lisle, Illinois, just 25 miles west of Chicago, and has branch campuses in Springfield, Illinois, and Mesa, Arizona. Founded as a Catholic university in 1887, Benedictine enrolls nearly 10,000 students in 56 undergraduate and 19 graduate programs. Forbes magazine named Benedictine among "America's Top Colleges" for the sixth consecutive year in 2016. Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (hlcommission.org). For more information, contact (630) 829-6300, admissions@ben.edu or visit ben.edu.