Art patrons donate paintings valued at $165,000 to Benedictine collection

Art patrons donate paintings valued at $165,000 to Benedictine collection
March 3, 2008

Phil Brozynski, Media Relations Manager
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Thirteen paintings valued at more than $165,000 from the collection of two prominent Chicago art patrons are among 17 artworks recently donated to the Benedictine Art Collection, curator Fr. Michael Komechak, O.S.B. said. The personal art collection of Jeffrey M. Stokols and Daryl E. Gerber is among the finest in Chicago. The couple has also generously supported Gallery 400, which was founded in 1983 and located in the contemporary art exhibition space of the College of Architecture and the Arts at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Among the 13 paintings donated by Stokols and Gerber is “Green Boy,” a 1994 work by Jim Lutes which is the centerpiece of the collection. Lutes, a 1978 graduate of Washington State University who earned a Master of Fine Arts from the school of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1982, is widely considered one of America’s best contemporary artists. Lutes’ work has been displayed as the Zolla/Lieberman Gallery in Chicago, the Linda Hodges Gallery in Seattle, the Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst in Belgium, the Ecole Superieure Des Beaux-Arts detours in France, the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., The Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago and the Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art. The other works donated by Stokols and Gerber include: “Iphegenia/Titus Andronicus (1985)” by Joseph Beuys; “In the Balance (1993)” by Tom Butter; “Mare Doctor (1978)” by Sam Doyle; “Untitled (undated)” by Don Eddy; “In April (1989)” by Garth Evans; and “4 E Red (1991)” and “Small Garden Plus (1987)” by Glen Goldberg. The donation also includes “Soldiers and Elephants (1986)” by Robert Jessup; “Stone Study IV (undated)” by Frank Owen; “Nothing (1992)” by David Russick; “Sunset Ridge (1990)” by Paul Sierra; and “Narcissa (1990)” by Libby Wadsworth. Two years ago, Stokols and Gerber donated two mixed media artworks by Chicago artist Margaret Wharton and Florida artist Purvis Young. Those works are displayed in Scholl Hall on the University’s campus. The Benedictine art collection has also been enhanced by a recent donation from Chicago art dealer Karen Lennox of a mixed media piece by Margaret Wheaton and a drawing by the late Chicago artist Miyoto Ito. The works are valued at nearly $30,000. In addition, Lennox recently donated her commission of $30,000 from the sale of a religious painting to the University. Other recent gifts to the Benedictine collection include a donation from Robert and Ruth Vogele of a serigraph by the late John Phillips and a relief print by Jan Tyniec; and from Kay Torshen of Chicago of a mid-20th century ceremonial effigy from the Sepik River region of Papua New Guinea. The Benedictine art collection contains more than 3,500 original works of art pieces plus 500 fine arts posters. The collection includes sculptures, paintings, drawings, photographs, calligraphy, ceramics and other craft and folk art pieces. Much of the collection is made up of original prints.


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