Our mission is to provide the people of Elmhurst and surrounding communities with a center for visual arts - known for its welcoming atmosphere - where art can be viewed, studied, created and appreciated in an architecturally significant facility that enriches the lives of our visitors by broadening their knowledge, increasing sensitivity to the fine arts and sparking the development of their own creative talents. As the cultural center of DuPage County, the museum specializes in late 20th Century American Art in an award-winning building designed around McCormick House, one of only three Ludwig Mies van der Rohe designed residences built in the United States.
The Elmhurst Fine Arts and Civic Center Foundation was formed in 1974 with the goal of building a community visual arts center. The Foundation formed the Elmhurst Art Museum in 1980. By 1983, the Museum was granted the use of two rooms in the Elmhurst Community Center and for the next sixteen years exhibited exclusively Illinois artists.
The years that followed saw the Elmhurst Art Museum build a reputation as an advocate for the community and its visual creative spark. In 1990, the Museum became aware of an opportunity to purchase the McCormick House, one of only three homes in the United States designed and built by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. The house was purchased in 1991 and the firm of DeStefano + Partners was retained to design the museum facility around the house that would pay tribute to Mies.
The current site, opened in September of 1997, has won the Chicago AIA Regional Architecture Award and was nominated for a National Distinguished Building Award for Architectural Excellence. This nationally recognized building houses important community advocacy in its programs and exhibitions, working closely with residents of DuPage County, the state of Illinois, and throughout the Midwest.
Since dedicating the building in 1997, the Elmhurst Art Museum has presented exhibitions of art, providing wide Elmhurst Art Museum Exteriorexposure to Illinois artists. Each exhibition calendar year, the museum presents a balance of deserving regional artists and important national shows, such as the two recent exhibitions from the Smithsonian appearing here in their only Midwest venue.
Named the “Best Suburban Art Museum in Chicago” by Chicago Magazine, the museum continues to grow and expand on a path to success.
Elmhurst Art Museum is currently exhibiting 47 works of art from the collection of Cleve Carney (1939-2013), to be offered at auction on May 9th. All proceeds from the auction benefit the education and exhibition programs of the Museum. Carney was an…Read More »
Elmhurst, IL - Elmhurst Art Museum (EAM) is proud to present the exhibition Selections from the Cleve Carney Bequest. In 2014, EAM was bequeathed nearly 300 works from the collection of Cleve Carney (1939-2013), a longtime member of the Museum's Boar…Read More »
Elmhurst, IL -- This winter, Elmhurst Art Museum presents a colorful collection of vintage "promo" cars from the 1950s and 60s in the McCormick House, also designed in the 1950s. Generously lent for the exhibition by collectors Robert Reinhold and Jo…Read More »
Chicago, IL - This winter, Elmhurst Art Museum opens On the Brink: New Work by Nnenna Okore, the first solo museum exhibition in the Chicago area for this internationally celebrated sculptor. Nnenna Okore makes striking, abstract wall hangings and in…Read More »
Wulfers' Five Equal Lines, not a pentagon acquired by Elmhurst Art MuseumÂ Elmhurst, IL - Five Equal Lines, not a pentagon, an important site-specific light installation by German-American artist Monika Wulfers, was purchased by Elmhurst Art Museum e…Read More »
Elmhurst, IL -- The Board of Directors of Elmhurst Art Museum is pleased to announce the selection of Jenny M. Gibbs as the new Executive Director, to begin Monday, December 1, 2014.Gibbs joins EAM with more than twenty-five years of leadership inthe…Read More »
Chicago, IL -- Continuing the museum's lively exploration of the Mies van der Rohe-designed McCormick House (1952), Elmhurst Art Museum premiered its new exhibition series "In the House" this fall, with Chicago-based artist Laura Davis' site-specific…Read More »
Chicago, IL -- Continuing the museum's lively exploration of the Mies van der Rohe-designed McCormick House (1952), Elmhurst Art Museum is premiering an ongoing exhibition series called "In the House." On a regular basis, artists, designers and archi…Read More »
Chicago, IL -- This fall, in cooperation with the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), Elmhurst Art Museum presents the first museum exhibition of Richard Koppe's inventive work in more than forty years. Including 70 rarely seen paintings, prints…Read More »
Chicago, IL - Heidi Norton's work presents nature in a suspended state. This summer, Norton produced a multi-part installation consisting of custom-made window inserts, sculptural objects, interactive hot houses and living plants. Her new show, Prism…Read More »
Counting steps, tracking calories and checking inâ€”new technology allows us to be our own favorite research project. The artists in the exhibition, LifeLoggers: Chronicling the Everyday, take logging to a new level by translating their data into com…Read More »
Heidi Nortonâ€™s work presents nature in a suspended state. This summer, Norton is producing a multi-part installation consisting of custom-made window inserts, sculptural objects, interactive hot houses and living plants. Inspired by Elmhurst Art Mu…Read More »
Chicago, IL -- Counting steps, tracking calories and checking in--new technology allows us to be our own favorite research project. The artists in the exhibition, LifeLoggers: Chronicling the Everyday, take logging to a new level by translating their…Read More »