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At Elmhurst College, we know that art emerges in spontaneous, creative moments juggled out of sometimes hectic schedules. That's why our modern, well-equipped art studios are open seven days a week, day and night. In addition, senior art students have access to semi-private art studios. We consistently update our networked computer studio with the latest in computer technology.

And when you’re ready to show your work, we have plenty of great places to display it:

  • Our newest gallery, the Barbara A. Kieft Accelerator ArtSpace, was built around a 20-foot-high particle accelerator—a vintage 1950s piece of physics equipment, left over from the site’s former life as a physics lab. The gallery is a stunning collaboration between art and science.
  • Along more conventional lines, students frequently display their art in the Founders Lounge of the Frick Center, a comfortable place known on campus as the College’s living room.

As an art student at Elmhurst, you will enjoy easy access to world-class museums, galleries, and architecture in Chicago and its surrounding suburbs. Art courses often incorporate field trips to the Art Institute and other exceptional locations.

Closer to home, the College houses a remarkable collection of Chicago Imagist and Abstractionist Art. Located in the A.C. Buehler Library, the collection is composed of well over 100 works of art, many of which have been part of special exhibitions at major U.S. and European museums.

The Art Exhibitions and Visiting Artist Program consists of five or six exhibitions each school year that feature prominent professional artists. Several of the shows are part of college–wide celebrations: Hispanic Heritage Month; Black History Month; and Women's History Month. Exhibitions occur in both in the Frick Center, Founders Lounge and the Barbara A. Kieft Accelerator ArtSpace. Each exhibition has a reception at which the featured artist gives a gallery talk. Each artist makes an additional visit to the College to speak to an art class or give an additional presentation open to all students. In addition, the exhibition program features annual Capstone displays of art produced by graduating art majors, and two exhibitions of student work.

The nearby Elmhurst Art Museum, located in a remarkable Mies van der Rohe building, offers still more opportunities to view art.

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