Benedictine open house showcases new  Fr. Michael E. Komechak, O.S.B., Art Gallery

September 27, 2013

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Lisle, Illinois ~ Benedictine University cordially invites the public to attend a special viewing of the new Fr. Michael E. Komechak, O.S.B., Art Gallery from 10:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 12 on the fifth floor of the Kindlon Hall of Learning.

Named in honor of the late Fr. Michael, a well-known and beloved figure in local art circles who passed away in 2009, the gallery features a selection of paintings, sculpture, photography and ceramics from locally, regionally and internationally recognized artists.

Fr. Michael’s lifelong passion for art led to the creation of one of the finest private art and sculpture collections in the Midwest, today numbering more than 4,000 pieces. It had been Fr. Michael’s dream that one day the collection would be exhibited in a permanent home where it could be viewed and appreciated on a grand scale. However, lacking a central location, for many years the artwork was displayed across campus in multiple areas and buildings.

Fr. Michael’s dream finally came true in August when more than 100 friends and family attended a special dedication and ribbon-cutting ceremony for the opening of the gallery.

The gallery is currently featuring some of Fr. Michael’s favorite pieces from the collection. Future plans call for different pieces from the University’s collection to be showcased on a rotating basis and work from new artists to be featured periodically.

Several other exhibits will also be displayed during the open house. “Parallels,” a collection of paintings by the artist Eulalio Bueno Silva Jr., will be exhibited in the atrium on the second floor of Kindlon Hall. “Dual Landscapes” a collection of photographs by Glenn Hansen, Stephen Parker and Susana Veloz, and “The Streets of San Salvador,” a collection of student photographs, will be shown on the first floor of Kindlon Hall.

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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 16 graduate and four doctoral programs. Benedictine University is ranked No. 1 among the country’s fastest-growing campuses between 2000-2010 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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