Works by numerous artists featured throughout Kindlon Hall, art gallery

May 6, 2014

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Benedictine University is home to one of the finest private art collections in the Midwest. Some of the works collected by the late Fr. Michael E. Komechak, O.S.B., and new works by established and emerging artists will be on display throughout Benedictine University and the Fr. Michael E. Komechak, O.S.B., Art Gallery during the coming year.

The calendar of events includes monthly "teas" on the first Sunday of each month. These teas will include a lecture by a prominent artists and art historians. Refreshments will be provided.

The calendar for the remainder of 2014 follows:

Through June 13
"Plus+Plus+Plus" -- Recent Donations and Acquisitions
Fr. Michael E. Komechak O.S.B. Art Gallery
Kindlon Hall, Fifth Floor
The art gallery presents a selection of recent acquisitions and donations to the University's permanent art collection. This exhibition will focus on works received since 2009 and will include pieces by Mauricio Lasansky, Rembrandt van Rijn, Francisco de Goya, John Pittman Weber, Gayle Stevens, Henri Matisse, Charles E. Boone, David Marcet, Mary Dritschel, Bueno Silva, Stewart Hitch, Maria Salvador, John Sevigny, Luis Soto and Susana Veloz.

Through June 27
"Sanctuary" -- Photographs by Arvydas Zabulionis
Kindlon Hall, Second Floor Atrium Gallery
Zabulionis is a local photographer who has spent the last several years traveling Europe and the Chicago area to photograph churches and places of worship. Mesmerized by the beauty of these sanctuaries, he presents them in all their glory, full of color and rich with details. Zabulionis studied photography at College of DuPage.

Through May 30

Ceramics by Carolyn Klima
Kindlon Hall, Second Floor East Gallery
Klima, a graduating senior at Benedictine, presents sculptural ceramics as a part of the program requirements for her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree.

Through June 27
"Art Student Exhibition" -- IC Catholic Prep students
Kindlon Hall, First Floor South Gallery
High school students from IC Catholic Prep High School in Elmhurst exhibit their recent work. Included are examples of from class projects in drawing, painting, digital and mixed media.

June 6-June 30
Benedictine University Student Printmakers
Kindlon Hall, First Floor North Gallery
Student artwork from Benedictine University's Fine Arts program will feature projects in drawing, relief printmaking and the art appreciation honors courses taught by Teresa Parker, a lecturer in the Benedictine University Department of Fine Arts, Studio Arts and Graphic Arts and Design and curator of the Fr. Michael E. Komechak, O.S.B. Art Gallery.

Sunday, September 7
First Sunday Tea and Art Lecture Series
"Spanish Colonial Art" – Teresa J. Parker
Fr. Michael E. Komechak, O.S.B. Art Gallery
Kindlon Hall, Fifth Floor North
2:00-4:00 p.m.
The mixtures of cultural, religious and decorative styles found in Mexico and Peru during the 16th century are out of this world. Parker, curator of the Benedictine University Art Collection, will discuss the origins of some of these practices and show examples of art and decorative arts. Parker is a practicing artist and has been curating exhibitions for over 20 years. She earned a Master of Fine Arts from Illinois State University.

Sunday, October 5
First Sunday Tea and Art Lecture Series
"The Mayan Creation Myth of Popul Vuh" -- David Oulette, Ph.D.
Fr. Michael E. Komechak, O.S.B. Art Gallery
Kindlon Hall, Fifth Floor North
2:00-4:00 p.m.
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.Oullette is an instructor of Art History at College of DuPage and earned a Ph.D. in Art History from Northern Illinois University.

Sunday, November 2
First Sunday Tea and Art Lecture Series
"Modernism" – William Scarlato
Fr. Michael E. Komechak, O.S.B. Art Gallery
Kindlon Hall, Fifth Floor North
2:00-4:00 p.m.
Scarlato, professor of Art and chair of the Department of Fine Arts at Benedictine University, will discuss the topic of 20th century Modernism and its application to the human figure. Scarlato is an exhibiting painter and printmaker who earned a Master of Fine Arts from Yale University.

Sunday, December 7
First Sunday Tea and Art Lecture Series
Lecture to be announced
Fr. Michael E. Komechak, O.S.B. Art Gallery
Kindlon Hall, Fifth Floor North
2:00-4:00 p.m.


Benedictine University is an independent Roman Catholic institution located in Lisle, Illinois just 25 miles west of Chicago, and has branch campuses in Springfield, Illinois and Mesa, Arizona. Founded in 1887, Benedictine provides 55 undergraduate majors and 17 graduate and four doctoral programs. Benedictine University is ranked No. 1 among the country's fastest-growing campuses between 2001-2011 in The Chronicle of Higher Education's list of private nonprofit research institutions, and Forbes magazine named Benedictine among "America's Top Colleges" for the third consecutive year in 2013. Benedictine University's Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) program is listed by Crain's Chicago Business as the fifth largest in the Chicago area in 2013.

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