2009
The community invited to remember Fr. Michael and his passion for art

The community invited to remember Fr. Michael and his passion for art
September 15, 2009

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

The late Fr. Michael Komechak, O.S.B., art curator at Benedictine University whose contributions to art and the art scene throughout Chicago and the western suburbs were immeasurable, had a passion that he wanted to share with students and the community. Two funds have been established to continue the work begun by Fr. Michael. The Fr. Michael Komechak, O.S.B. Endowed Scholarship for Young Artists has been established to maintain in perpetuity a scholarship program to financially assist and recognize full-time undergraduate students at Benedictine University who have declared Art as a major or minor. The endowed scholarship not only ensures that Fr. Michael’s legacy will live on, but will also ensure that many aspiring young artists will be able to receive a Benedictine and Catholic education at an affordable cost. Meanwhile, because of his energy and passion for art, the University art collection has outgrown the available space on campus to be properly displayed. Fr. Michael’s wish was to create a designated art gallery on campus – a central place where knowledge and understanding of artists from around the world could be nurtured. Because the creation of an art gallery was so important to Fr. Michael, he began raising money to fund his vision. Although he solicited a considerable amount of financial support, much remained to be done at the time of his death. The Fr. Michael Komechak, O.S.B. Art Gallery Fund will help create a place where the art he collected can be appreciated and enjoyed. People who are interested in supporting Fr. Michael’s legacy can make a contribution c/o the University Development Office at Benedictine University, 5700 College Road, Lisle, Illinois 60532. Or they can call Jason Leppin, Associate Director For Corporate and Donor Relations, at (630) 829-1811.

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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.