Past Exhibitions

EAG Winter Members' Show

January 13, 2017- February 18, 2017

Opening Reception: Friday January 13, 7-9pm The Winter Members' Show in the Elmhurst Artist Guild Gallery features the work by +50 active members all of which are local artists in the Chicagoland area. Admission to the EAG Gallery is free and open to the public during the museum's open hours. Exhibitions in the EAG Gallery rotate every 6 weeks, alternating between members' shows and solo exhibitions. Artworks in the gallery are available for purchase at the front desk for the duration of the exhibition. Read More ›

Sense of Place

December 10, 2016 - February 12, 2017

HOW DO WE MAP the places of our lives? Elmhurst Art Museum celebrates its 20th anniversary and its own sense of place with this exhibition, which honors the artists, teachers and community members who understood art’s ability to help us see through the eyes of others,  and the role of a shared place in which to create a civil society. Read More ›

BLOW UP: Inflatable Contemporary Art

September 10 - November 27, 2016

Blow Up: Inflatable Contemporary Art features artists who use air as a sculptural medium. While inflatable objects are typically associated with advertising, children’s entertainment or holiday decorations, the format has been appropriated by a diverse group of artists to explore complex subjects such as identity, materialism and war. Playing with scale, color and the inherent light-heartedness of balloons, the selected artists produce a wide variety of sculptural forms from Lewis deSoto’s sleeping Buddha to Claire Ashley’s colorful abstract shapes. Read More ›

Birth Death Breath: An Inflatable Opera by Diane Christiansen and Jeanne Dunning

September 22 - November 27, 2016

Elmhurst Art Museum presents the world premiere of Birth Death Breath, an opera "performed" by inflatable Christmas lawn decorations in various stages of inflation and deflation. Viewers are invited to move amongst the various inflatable characters as they rise from the ground and begin to sing, seeming to come back to life. In a way that is simultaneously humorous and heartfelt, the installation explores timeless existential questions about the meaning of life and the incomprehensibility of death. Read More ›

Little Blow Peep: Community Project

September 10, 2016 - November 27, 2016

Community art project by Donna Castellanos1. Blow up 2. Tie up 3. Twist up Add your inflated gloves* to Little Blow Peep and her sheep. Create your own miniature inflatable sculpture to take home with gloves and twist-ties. *Warning: gloves are latex    Read More ›