Gallery files from the Benedictine University, Fr. Michael E. Komechak, O.S.B. Art Gallery

Inclusive Dates: 
circa 1975–present

This record forms part of the Chicago’s Art-Related Archival Materials: A Terra Foundation Resource project funded by the Terra Foundation for American Art. For this project, the Archives surveyed archival repositories throughout the Chicago region to identify art-related materials contained in their holdings. While the Archives of American Art does not own any of the materials described herein, information about those materials and links to the original repositories have been included when available.

Descriptive Summary

Approximately 7 linear feet of files of material relating to the art collection of Fr. Michael E. Komechak, O.S.B. Art Gallery, including artists’ vitae, correspondence, clippings, gallery announcements and brochures, print documentation sheets, exhibition checklists, press releases, slides and photographs of artworks, a few small pieces of original artwork, and other items. Among the artists represented are Cynthia Archer, Dorothea Bilder, David Bower, Barbara A. Brien, David F. Driesbach, Ruth Duckworth, Sr. Thomasita Fessler, John S. Fraser, Carl K. Hayano, Gregory Warmack (Mr. Imagination), Franklin McMahon, Ed Paschke, Abbott Pattison, William Scarlato, Jeanette Pasin Sloan, James Valerio, Vytautas Virkau, and Douglas West. A folder of letters and cards sent to art collector Joseph Randall Shapiro on the occasion of his 75th birthday includes some featuring original artwork by Claire Prussian, Eve Garrison, and Sharon Hendry.

Biographical Historical Note

Fr. Michael E. Komechak, O.S.B. Art Gallery was founded in 2013 to honor Fr. Michael E. Komechak (1932-2009), who established the fine art program at Benedictine University, served as the university’s first art curator, and personally amassed the art collection now housed in the gallery.