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Future Exhibitions


Art after 1600° Fahrenheit: Enamel Painting in Chicago

May 7 June 19, 2015

Inspired by the French architect Le Corbusier (1887-1965), the application of porcelain enamel as a medium expanded to the field of public art and was introduced in the mural painting class at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) in the late 1970s. This exhibition includes several noteworthy large-scale enamel paintings produced by SAIC artists during this time period, including two prototype murals for installation in the Chicago subway system—though the only one actually realized was the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial wall, commissioned by the City of Chicago in 1980 and mysteriously dismantled in 2001.

Public Reception: Thursday, May 7, 5 – 8 p.m.


Sculpture Invasion 2015

July 9  September 18, 2015

Members of Chicago Sculpture International (CSI) return for one of the area’s largest juried exhibitions. Sculptures and scale models will be on display in the Koehnline Museum, while an impressive group of outdoor sculptures will “invade” the Oakton Sculpture Park on the Des Plaines campus. CSI seeks to expand public understanding and appreciation of Chicago sculpture through exhibits and public forums, engage artists and art professionals in a dialogue to advance the art form, and promote a supportive environment for sculpture and sculptors.

Public Reception: Thursday, July 9, 5 – 8 p.m.

Koehnline Museum of Art
Des Plaines campus


September - May
Monday - Friday
10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
11 a.m. - 4 p.m.

June - August
Monday - Thursday
10 a.m. - 7 p.m.

For special visits call:

Nathan Harpaz, Ph.D.
Manager and Curator