The Elmhurst College Art Collection

World-Class Art, Right on Campus

Elmhurst’s collection of Chicago Imagist and Abstractionist art is among the best in the nation.

Focusing on artists working in Chicago between about 1950 and the present, the collection displays a broad range of artistic ideas and influences.

The collection dates to 1971, when Elmhurst received federal funding to purchase art for the newly built A.C. Buehler Library. The College focused its collection on works by a group of emerging and affordable Chicago artists—a group that would later be known as the Chicago Imagists.

The first 10 pieces included Jim Nutt’s Toot Toot Woo Woo, Roger Brown’s Performance, Christina Ramberg’s Glimpsed, and Miyoko Ito’s Chinoiserie.

Over the years, the College has added many more works to the collection, thanks to matching grants from the Illinois Arts Council, gifts from artists, and generous donors. Today, the College’s professional collection comprises more than 150 works of art, including many important works by major Imagists and Abstractionists.

Plan Your Visit

The Elmhurst College Art Collection in the A.C. Buehler Library is currently unavailable for viewing. The Elmhurst Art Museum is hosting an exhibition “The Figure and the Chicago Imagists: Selections from the Elmhurst College Art Collection” opening September 8, 2018.  This exhibition is sponsored by the Terra Foundation for American Art/Art Design Chicago.

When the Collection is reinstalled for viewing at the A.C. Buehler Library, updates will be provided here.

For more information on the Elmhurst College Art Collection, contact Curator Suellen Rocca at (630) 617-6110. For additional information on the Elmhurst Art Museum exhibition “The Figure and the Chicago Imagists; Selections from the Elmhurst College Art Collection,” contact the Museum at (630) 834-0202.

Elmhurst College Art Collection Across the Globe

Suellen Rocca

Curator and Director of Exhibitions, Adjunct Faculty
Department of Art

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