Current Exhibition

2018-2019 Programs & Events

First Sunday Tea & Talk Logo

The First Sunday Tea & Talk Art Lecture Series features
noted lecturers on timely art related topics.
All lectures are held on the fifth floor of the Kindlon Hall of Learning 
2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
These events are open to the public, admission is free and refreshments are served.




Sunday, February 3, 2019


"Victorian Romantic Jewelry"

4th Annual For the Love of Chocolate



Teresa J. Parker
Komechak Art Gallery
Benedictine University

Sunday, March 3, 2019

"Okinawan Beauty: Drawing Hajichi Tattoos and
Indigenous Feminist Fairy Tales"

Laura Kina

Professor, Art,Media Design

Director, Critical Ethnic Studies

DePaul University, Chicago, IL

Sunday, April 7, 2019




"Destruction of Ancient Archaeological

Sites In the Middle East"



Ömür Harmanşah
Associate Professor of Art History
Director of Undergraduate Studies
Art History
University of Illinois, Chicago, IL

Art & Religion Curator Lecture Series

This lecture series draws from the Benedictine University  Permanent Art Collection

and focuses on religious art work that is a part of that collection.

Teresa J. Parker, Curator, Komechak Art Gallery is the lecturer for this series.
This event is a brown bag event.
You bring your lunch, we provide the drinks!



Location and Time

Monday, March 11, 2019


"Reverend Howard Finster and
His Bandwagon of Art"
12:20 pm to 1:15 pm
Kindlon Hall
Fifth Floor
Komechak Art Gallery

"Gates of the City"  -  John Taylor Arms  -  Recently Auctioned at Christie's



 Irving Amen   -   "Woman with Menorah"
Kindlon Hall    -   Second Floor

Benedictine University Permanent Collection


Directions to the Komechak Art Gallery

Enter the Benedictine campus at the Main Entrance.
Turn Left and park in the south parking lot of the Kindlon Hall of Learning
or Park in the Parking Garage.
Enter Kindlon Hall via the south enterance and proceed pass the Artium Area.
Turn left and follow the red signs to the elevator and proceed to the fifth floor.

Visit Benedictine University and take 

The Art Walking Tour at Goodwin Hall of Business

The Art Walking Tour is located on the Second, Third and Fourth Floors
of Goodwin Hall of Business on the Main Campus in Lisle, IL
Pick-up a brochure for this self guided tour from any of the tour boxes
located by the Goodwin Auditorium Doors on the first floor
or you can findbrochures conveniently located
on floors 2, 3 and 4 to your right on the wall as you exit the elevators.


2019 Exhibition Schedule

March 5 - April 12, 2019

2019 Graphics Arts Exhibition

Students of Dankook University South Korea

Senior Students in Visual Communication Design, Class of 2019, at Dankook University in South Korea were invited by Hairi Han, Associate Professor at Benedictine University in Lisle, IL, to share their artistic experiences and to exchange different cultural perspectives with the Komechak Art Gallery. Among 57 graduates in the VCD major, nineteen students were selected to participate in the exhibition.

The Visual Communication Design Program at Dankook University consists of various advanced and professionalized programs in advertising design, packaging design, publishing design, typography, illustration, character design and video-interaction design. Using flexible thinking and creativity, and striving to make better designs for people. In particular, the curriculum focuses on studying psychology and effective message delivery; developing logical thinking to effectively deliver information visually; and acquiring intuitive creativity in converting and rearranging information into images.




Dankook University is a private and competitive research institution founded in 1947, located in the urban setting of the large city of Yongin (population range of 1m to 5m inhabitants), Gyeonggi, South Korea. It has well over 35,000 students and currently features twenty-two undergraduate and postgraduate programs spanning the full academic spectrum. For its future development, Dankook University possesses plans for establishing international programs that can enable their student to choose the right course program to increase their knowledge and marketability.


Guest Curator: Hairi Han, Associate Professor, Beneditine University, Lisle



Hairi Han is Associate Professor of Graphic Arts and Design at Benedictine University, Lisle, IL

She received an M.F.A. in Visual Communications Design from Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana, and a B.S. in Human Environment and Design from Yonsei University in Seoul, South Korea. Before joining Benedictine University, she taught graphic design at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, Kentucky. As a design educator, she emphasizes the development of each student's personal artistic vision, experimental expression, craftsmanship, and conceptual problem-solving. In addition to teaching, she continues to work in the field of graphic design, primarily creating books as an art form. Professor Han has received various art awards, and her artist’s books have been shown in numerous regional, national, and international exhibitions in the US, South Korea, and Italy.


She is a member of the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA), the Society of Typographic Arts (STA), the University and College Designers Association (UCDA), the Illinois Higher Education Art Association (IHEAA), the College Book Art Association (CBAA), and the Korea Book Art Association (KBAA). View her work at:



April 15 - 30, 2019

BenU Juried Student Art 

Juried competition featuring art work from students enrolled in the Benedictine University Communications Arts, Fine Arts and Graphic Arts Programs for the 2018-2019 Academic Year

May 5 - May 15, 2019

BenU Senior Art Exhibition

An exhibition of the art work from 2019 Seniors graduating with degrees in Communication Arts, Graphic Arts and Fine Arts from Benedictine University.


About the 

Fr. Michael E. Komechak, OSB

Art Gallery


  Mission Statement

  The Fr. Michael E. Komechak, O.S.B. Art Gallery

  is dedicated to the stewardship of the vision of

  Fr. Michael Komechak for the preservation of and

  expansion of the Benedictine University Art Collection

  and is committed to being a hub facility for expansion

  of the arts at our institution and in our community at large.


  Vision Statement

  To develop a local and international reputation for expanding

  the view of art and culture, on our various campuses,

  in the local communities in which we exist, and throughout

  the Midwest, Southwest and Eastern Asia regions.


  This vision will be achieved by developing cohesive partnerships

  and by creating an atmosphere conducive to learning, creative

  articulation and critical thinking by providing educational,

  pedagogical and community opportunities through exposure to

  the permanent collection, temporary exhibitions and educational

  outreach programs.






Komechak Art Gallery Hours
Monday - Thursday: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Saturdays:                 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Sundays: Closed

Office of the Curator of Exhibitions and University Art Collections

Teresa J. Parker


Cathy Gaddis

Phone: (630) 829-1873

Teresa J. Parker
Phone: (630) 829-6270