First-ever open call exhibition Sense of Place at EAM

How do we map the places of our lives --- the real, the remembered and the imagined? Elmhurst Art Museum (EAM) celebrates its own sense of place in Elmhurst and its founding by members of the Elmhurst Artists Guild with Sense of Place, the Museum’s first open-call exhibition.  The exhibition of work from Chicago and international artists is on display from December 10, 2016 through February 12, 2017.

Nearly 400 artists submitted work from which the final 38 were selected by EAM Executive Director Jenny Gibbs, Carrie Secrist (Carrie Secrist Gallery) and Frank Tumino, Curatorial Chair of the Elmhurst Artists Guild, which has a permanent gallery within Elmhurst Art Museum.

Artists for Sense of Placerepresent LA, New York, Chicago, Elmhurst, Switzerland, and places in between: Tony Abboreno, Judie Anderson, Richard Barlow, Jill Birschbach, Susan Marie Brundage, Benjamin Calvert, Stephen Cartwright, Jennifer Cronin, Jenny Day, William Dolan, Dwora Fried, Sophie Guyot, David Wallace Haskins, Amy Ho, Katsy Johnson, Toby Kaufmann-Buhler, Jin Lee, Judith G. Levy, Mark Lobo, Paho Mann, Robert McCann, Ken Minami, Jack Nixon, Megan Pahmier, Erika Raberg, Brittany Ransom, M.C. Reardon, Eddy Rhenals-Narvaez, Keith Sharp, Joel Sheesley, Matthew Siber, Krista Svalbonas, Cassandra Swierenga, Amanda VanValkenburg, Andrew Wapinski, Kathy Weaver, Gwendolyn Zabicki and Yuge Zhou.

“Elmhurst Art Museum was created by artists for artists and for the community,” says Executive Director, Jenny Gibbs. "We wanted to do an open call exhibition as one of the ways to celebrate our 20th anniversary, in recognition of the artists who created this Museum,” Gibbs says. “It was a blind review. The artists might be 18 or 80, across the street or across an ocean. The judges make their choices based solely on the work submitted.”

One of the local artists selected, Elmhurst resident David Wallace Haskins, has had a connection to the museum since he was a child.  “I spent many hours in that space,” Haskins says. “It’s an understatement to say I have some connection to the space.” For “Sense of Place” he created an immersive soundscape entitled “Summer:Winter,” for which he recorded the sounds of Elmhurst’s Wilder Park.

History of Elmhurst Art Museum

Elmhurst Art Museum was realized over a period of 40 years by a visionary group of artists and community members. Founder Eleanor King Hookham (1909-2003), a painter and educator who moved to Elmhurst in 1946, worked for decades to fund raise and advocate for Elmhurst Art Museum, which opened its doors in 1997 with more than 15,000 square feet of exhibition space, an Education Center and the cornerstone of the collection, Mies van der Rohe’s McCormick House (1952).

About Elmhurst Art Museum

Elmhurst Art Museum is located at 150 Cottage Hill Avenue in Elmhurst (IL), 25 minutes from downtown Chicago by car or public transportation (Metra). The Museum is both an international destination for Mies van der Rohe scholars and fans and a regional center where people from Chicago and the western suburbs learn to see and think differently through the study of the art, architecture and design of our time.

The Museum is one block from the Elmhurst Metra station and open Tuesday-Sunday from 11 AM– 5 PM (7 PM on Fridays). Admission is $8 ($7 for seniors) and free for students and children under 18.

For more information, please call 630.834.0202 or visit

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