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Benedictine University possesses a permanent art collection of both fine and applied arts. A majority of the collection deals with works on paper and fine art prints, religious works, ceramics, drawings, paintings, photography, textiles, sculptures, mixed media and contemporary art by local, national and internationally-known artists. Instructors are encouraged to utilize the university's art collection to supplement their curriculum and special interest groups, campus visitors, and those visiting St. Procopius Abbey are also encouraged to explore the collection.
The university’s art collection was initiated by Fr. Michael E. Komechak, O.S.B. (1932-2009) who had a vision to bring the arts to Benedictine University. His excitement about the creative process and its reflection of God's grace compelled him to collect all media and bring it into the classroom initially as a teaching tool. He was also instrumental in founding the university's fine art program.
The collection was initially displayed on the fourth floor of Benedictine Hall, but when the building was razed, Fr. Komechak dispersed the art collection throughout the university. That legacy continues today and is a vital and unique aspect for campus visitors, where it is appreciated by the masses, and is of aesthetic merit to all disciplines.
The Fr. Michael E. Komechak, O.S.B., Art Gallery opened on the fifth floor of the Kindlon Hall of Learning in 2013. The gallery hosts a rotation of exhibitions by professional artists, works from the permanent collection, as well as artwork by students and faculty. For more information about the collection and exhibitions at the Komechak Art Gallery, contact Teresa J. Parker, Curator of Exhibitions and University Art Collections.