Elmhurst College’s 8th Annual Alumni Art Exhibition is taking place in the Barbara A. Kieft Accelerator ArtSpace. The show includes work by 25 Elmhurst College art department alumni, and also marks the first exhibition in the Accelerator Artspace since the venue underwent renovations over the summer.
Over the summer, stretches of brick wall in the ArtSpace were covered and transformed into real walls that now function like traditional gallery walls.
“The space has much more flexibility, and the new walls do not change the raw-gallery character of the space,” said Suellen Rocca, the College’s curator and director of exhibits.
The Alumni Exhibition includes works in many media, including painting, drawing photography, digital prints, ceramics and fabric.
“Each year I look forward to connecting with others and to seeing what they are doing,” said Cathy Buck ’87, who is showing work at the exhibition. “I like the opportunity to interact with the new graduates and to see the span and development of the art program. The exhibition motivates me to create new work, and it is exciting to think about what I will be bringing to the exhibition.”
“Elmhurst is where I learned how to paint,” said Linda Boardman ’93, who currently is showing her paintings in a one-person exhibit called “Dream Theatre” at the Center Gallery in Hanover Park. “My years at the College were the beginning of my serious pursuit of art. The Alumni Exhibition gives me the opportunity to see what the graduates are doing—where they are going, what kind of work they are doing. It is a time to reconnect with the other graduates and faculty. And I love the Accelerator ArtSpace.”
The exhibition also features work by Danielle Dobies, a 2012 graduate who is pursuing her master’s degree at Northern Illinois University; and 2009 graduate Bogumil Bronkowski, who just received his master’s degree in fine arts from NIU.
The Alumni Art Exhibition runs through Thursday, November 1, in the Barbara A. Kieft Accelerator ArtSpace (200 W. Park St., Elmhurst, directly behind the College’s Mill Theatre). Visitor hours are from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Admission to the exhibit is free and the public is welcome.
The exhibit is one of a dozen shows that Elmhurst College will present this academic year, in three on-campus venues. The College also exhibits more than 100 works in its Student Art Collection. Established in 1970, the Student Art Collection features selected exemplary work purchased from graduating seniors. The collection is on permanent display on the A.C. Buehler Library’s lower level and second floor. The Library’s main floor features the College’s unparalleled collection of Chicago Imagist Art. For more information call (630) 617-6110.
Opened as a gallery in 2004, the Barbara A. Kieft Accelerator ArtSpace is a one-of-a-kind gallery that regularly displays professional and student artwork within a historic lab that still houses a 750,000-volt proton accelerator. The accelerator was used by its original owner, the University of Chicago, during the early days of atomic weapons research. The equipment was moved to Elmhurst College in 1969 and reconstructed over four years. The accelerator then was used by Elmhurst physics students before the building came to double as an art gallery.