Oakton College museum shows off new 'gems' exhibit

Don't miss a chance to see selected works from the Oakton College Koehnline Museum of Art's permanent collection at the "Gems from the Koehnline" exhibition Dec. 14-Jan. 26.

Stop by the public reception from 5-8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 14, to get a first look and mingle with artists and other community members.

The "Gems from the Koehnline" exhibition - free and open to the public - includes a section dedicated to artist and former Oakton art instructor Bill Moll, who passed away recently.

Other works include new acquisitions by Chicago-based Great Depression-era artists Todros Geller, Samuel Greenburg, Leonard Havens, David Bekker, William Schwartz, Miriam McKinnie and William Jacobs.

Additional recently acquired art on display includes works by Chicago artist and educator Richard Loving, prints by Margaret Burroughs, including her iconic image of Black Venus, Joseph Meert's painting depicting a grieving crowd after the assassination of John F. Kennedy, and Joe Delaney's unfinished canvas commemorating the meeting between Martin Luther King Jr. and John F. Kennedy.

Oakton's art collection focuses on modern and contemporary art. The museum's collecting policy encourages the acquisition of works created by Illinois and Chicago artists, currently comprising about 60% of the collection. The permanent collection consists of over 4,000 objects.

Since the founding of Oakton College in 1969, the interaction between art and its audience has held integral value. The Koehnline Museum of Art is named after William A. Koehnline, Oakton's first president, as a tribute to his advocacy for the arts.

For information about the Koehnline Museum of Art and its exhibits, visit

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"Self-portrait with Cap" by Bill Moll. The "Gems from the Koehnline" exhibition includes a section dedicated to artist and former Oakton art instructor Bill Moll. Courtesy of Oakton College
"On the Beach" by Margaret Burroughs is one of the many works of art on display in the "Gems from the Koehnline" exhibition, which runs through Jan. 26 at Oakton's Koehnline Museum of Art. Courtesy of Oakton College
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