Elmhurst Art Museum hires new exhibitions and collections manager

  • Sarah Franklin is Elmhurst Art Museum's new manager of exhibitions and collections.

    Sarah Franklin is Elmhurst Art Museum's new manager of exhibitions and collections. Courtesy of Elmhurst Art Museum

Submitted by Amanda Berrios
Updated 12/6/2019 4:49 PM

Sarah Franklin of Volo, Illinois was recently hired as the exhibitions and collections manager at the Elmhurst Art Museum, where she will work on upcoming exhibits "Sandra Jorgensen" and "Could Be Architecture: McCormick House AfterParti."

While at the Elmhurst Art Museum, Franklin will help inspire and enrich its community through a balance of art, education and architecture.


The museum's three distinct areas of focus can be summarized through recent programs around the internationally traveling exhibit "The Whole World a Bauhaus" and the celebration of the McCormick House, a rare single-family home designed by Mies van der Rohe.

Previously, Franklin held the position as manager of collections and exhibitions at the Zanesville Museum of Art in Ohio. In Zanesville, she organized exhibitions such as "American Modernism, Urban Realism, and the Eight" and "Rembrandt: The Consummate Etcher."

Franklin earned her Bachelor of Arts in studio art and art history from Illinois College and her Master of Arts in art history and theory from Northern Illinois University. She interned and volunteered at several museums including the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Art Institute of Chicago, and Geneva History Museum.

"Sandra Jorgensen" opens Saturday, Jan. 25, at the museum and will continue through April 12.

The broad survey exhibition showcases the works of the late Elmhurst-based artist-curator whose efforts have had a major national and international impact and yet, have often been overlooked.

Simultaneous with "Sandra Jorgensen," Elmhurst Art Museum will be mounting "Could Be Architecture: McCormick AfterParti," also Jan. 25 to April 12.

The interactive installation in the historic McCormick House allows visitors to playfully explore the home's original 1952 floor plan through playful interventions.

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