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

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.


Benedictine University is an independent Roman Catholic institution located in Lisle, Illinois just 25 miles west of Chicago. Founded in 1887, Benedictine provides 56 undergraduate majors, 16 graduate and four doctorate programs. The Chronicle of Higher Education recently ranked Benedictine University as the seventh fastest-growing campus among private nonprofit master’s universities, and Forbes magazine named Benedictine among the top 20 percent of America’s colleges for 2011. Benedictine University’s Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) program is listed by Crain’s Chicago Business as the fourth largest in the Chicago area in 2011.