Elmhurst Art Museum exhibit celebrates its founding member
An exhibition showcasing the works of the late artist-curator Sandra Jorgensen will be on view Jan. 25 to April 12, 2020, at the Elmhurst Art Museum.
Jorgensen was the driving force behind the internationally known Elmhurst College Chicago Imagist collection and helped found the Elmhurst Art Museum at 150 S. Cottage Hill Ave. But exhibit organizers say her works often have been overlooked.
The new exhibition is dedicated to Jorgensen's artistic accomplishments as a painter, photographer and in her role as a major caretaker of Chicago's cultural history.
Jorgensen, who was born in 1934 and died in 1999, held positions as professor and chairwoman at Elmhurst College and as curator of the college's art collection for many years.
An accomplished painter, she worked in oil and specialized in contemporary American landscapes and still life compositions.
In addition to her paintings, the exhibition will include a series of never-before-printed photos taken by Jorgensen of the Chicago Imagists in their homes and studios.
During her lifetime, Jorgensen's work was displayed at the Art Institute of Chicago, Richard Gray Gallery and Hokin Kaufman Gallery. In 1985, a mural created by Jorgensen was commissioned by the City of Chicago for the Sulzer Regional Library and dedicated to former Mayor Harold Washington.
The mural -- which illustrates ethnically diverse children in formal, geometrically shaped gardens -- will be recreated for this exhibition.
"Sandra's connoisseurship and vision were critical to the college's art collection, as well as the formation of the Elmhurst Art Museum," said John McKinnon, executive director of Elmhurst Art Museum.
"We are proud to pay tribute to this beloved artist, friend and mentor to many, and place her work among the larger stories of Chicago and Midwestern artists."
Jorgensen served on the board of the Elmhurst Fine Arts and Civic Center Foundation, the entity that helped start the art museum. As curator, she was the driving force behind maintaining and growing the Elmhurst College art collection.
In doing so, she became a major caretaker of Chicago's cultural history and amassed an internationally known collection, now considered to be "the finest of its kind" by the late James Yood, former art critic and teacher at School of the Art Institute.
The art museum is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays. Admission is $15, $12 for seniors, and free for students and children younger than 18.
For details, call (630) 834-0202 or visit elmhurstartmuseum.org.