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

Housed in the A.C. Buehler Library, the Elmhurst College Art Collection is open during regular library hours and can be viewed free of charge. For more information and guided tours, please contact Curator and Director of Exhibitions Suellen Rocca at (630) 617-6110 or

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Suellen Rocca

Curator and Director of Exhibitions, Adjunct Faculty
Department of Art

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