Academics and Publications
Introduction to Museum Studies
This introductory credit course emphasizes the role of the curator in the museum field, especially in the areas of collection management and exhibit preparation. Although the course focuses on the art museum, the basic principles also apply to other types of museums such as history, science or nature. The Koehnline Museum at the Des Plaines campus serves as a lab for this course. For more information call: (847) 635-2633.
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Museum Studies: Field Experience
Students will obtain hands-on experience in the museum field through an internship (paid) or practicum (unpaid) for 10 hours per week at a Chicago area art, history, natural history, science, or botanic garden museum. Throughout the internship or practicum, students will meet with the instructor to provide detailed reports of their work experience. For more information call: (847) 635-2633.
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Other publications are available at the Koehnline Museum of Art
Passages: Corey Postiglione, Nov. 1998, essays by Nathan Harpaz, Bonnie Hartenstein and Michael Rooks.
For All Ages: Patrick Miceli, Jan. 1999, essays by Nathan Harpaz and James Yood.
Expressions toward the End of the Millennium, May 1999, essay by Nathan Harpaz.
Mayan Procession: Winifred Godfrey, June 1999, essays by Nathan Harpaz and Rene Arceo.
Fragments of Refuge: Fern Valfer, August 1999, essays by Nathan Harpaz and John Brunetti.
Red: Space 900 Group, Dec. 1999, essay by Nathan Harpaz.
Myungah Hyon: Installation, Feb. 2000, essays by Nathan Harpaz and Gregory Knight.
Glancing Back: John Pitman Weber, May 2000, essays by Nathan Harpaz and Michael Piazza.
Painting in Chicago Now, July 2000, essay by Corey Postiglione.
Max Ernst: From the Collection of William A. and Phyllis G. Koehnline, September 2000, essay by Nathan Harpaz.
Milestones of Photography, December 2000, essay by Nathan Harpaz.
Plucked Chicken Press: The Oakton Community College Collection of Stone Prints by Will Petersen and His Contemporaries, 2001, text by Nathan Harpaz.
Richard Hunt: Wings, February 2001, essay by Nathan Harpaz.
Illinois Landscapes: George Atkinson, Harold Gregor, Fred Jones, May 2001, essay by David Sokol.
Sculpture in Chicago Now, July 2001, essay by Corey Postiglione.
John Himmelfarb: Inland Romance, September 2001, introduction by Nathan Harpaz and essay by Gerald Nordland.
Didier Nolet: Full Circle, December 2001, essay by Garrett Holg.
Jiang Xue-Bing: A man of Four Legends, February 2002, essays by Nathan Harpaz and Zong Ying.
A Gift to Biro-Bidjan: Chicago 1937; From Despair to New Hope, 2002, text by Nathan Harpaz.
Gay Riseborough: Dark Times II, May 2002, essay by Robert Kameczura.
Philip Livingston: Open Book/Intimate Pages, July 2002, essay by Stephanie Bowman.
Otto Neumann: Fidelity to the Human Form, September 2002, essay by David Sokol.
Sandra Perlow: Swing, December 2002, essay by John Brunetti.
Dennis Kowalski: Mars, May 2003, essay by Nathan Harpaz.
Keith Krueger: Assemblages, July 2003, essay by Nancy Sausser.
Asaph Ben Menhaem: Monumental Woodcuts and Related Works, September 2003, introduction by Nathan Harpaz and essay by Aimee Brown Price.
Alpha and Omega: Small Sculptures and Models by Jerry Peart, December 2003, essay by Victor Cassidy.
Seymour Rosofsky: Fresh Glance, May 2004, introduction by Nathan Harpaz and essay by Diane Thodos.
Monuments and Fragments: Installation by Michico Itatani and Pavel Kraus, September 2004, introduction by Joseph Karoly
Words and Pictures: Paintings by James Mesple, Poetry by Effie Mihopoulos, December 2004, introduction by Nathan Harpaz.
ArtWalk at Oakton: Koehnline Museum of Art Catalog and Guidebook of the Oakton Community College Art Collection, Des Plaines Campus, 2005, text by Nathan Harpaz.
Agustin Portillo: America, February 2005, introduction by Nathan Harpaz, and essay by Diane Thodos.
Paintings by Moritz Kellerman and Bill Moll, May 2005, essay by Nathan Harpaz.
Material and Object, A Romance: Sculpture by Mimi Peterson, July 2005, essay by Erik Peterson.
I’mPact: An exhibit exploring the pact between nature and soul to create infinite individuals, September 2005, text by Stephanie Bowman.
Andrew Young: Harbour, December 2005, preface by Nathan Harpaz, essay by Britt Salvesen.
Turbulent Times: The Expressionist Art of Diane Thodos, May 2006, introduction by Nathan Harpaz, essay by Victor Cassidy.
Joseph Delaney: People and Sights of Urban Life, February 2007, introduction by Nathan Harpaz, essay by Frederick C. Moffatt.
Sculpture Invasion, July 2007, introduction by Nathan Harpaz, essay by Victor Cassidy.
Barbie Meets G.I. Joe, September 2007, essay by Nathan Harpaz.
Convergence: Jewish and african American Artists in Depression-era Chicago, February 2008, introduction by Nathan Harpaz, essay by Richard Courage.
Leo Politi: Mexican Images of Olvera Street, May 2008, essay by Nathan Harpaz.
Ink Paintings by Qigu Jiang: Figures, May 2009, text by James Elkins and Nathan harpaz.
Joseph Meert: Painting in the Shadow of Success, July 2009, essay by Nathan Harpaz.
Gregory Orloff: Prints from the Great Depression, September 2009, essay by Nathan Harpaz.
Curt Frankenstein: Dream World and Real world, December 2009, Introduction by Nathan Harpaz, and essay by David Sokol (UIC).
Corey Postiglione: Retrospective of Paintings 1972-2010, February 2010, Introduction by Nathan Harpaz, and essay by Max King Cap.
Fragments of Color: Georg Stahl, September 2010, Introduction by Nathan Harpaz, and essay by Georg W. Stahl.
Two Plus Two = Jackson, Owens, Williams, and Wheatley, February 2012, Introduction by Nathan Harpaz.
Steven Jay Urry: A Retrospective, May 2012, Introduction by Nathan Harpaz, and essay by Victor Cassidy.
Koehnline Museum of Art
Des Plaines campus
September - May*
Monday - Friday
10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
*Closed Friday, May 29
June - August
Monday - Thursday
10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
For special visits call:
Nathan Harpaz, Ph.D.
Manager and Curator