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New Art Museum set to open Sept. 17

Published: Monday, September 5, 2011

Updated: Monday, August 27, 2012 16:08

Art Museum

Jeremy Mikula

After 13 years of being tucked away in the university's library, DePaul's Art Museum has a new home and a new vision.

Located next door to the CTA's Fullerton Red Line stop, the museum looks to attract more visitors to the museum's move from the library to its very own 15,000 sq. foot building.

Museum Director, Louise Lincoln, predicts the new space will provide more opportunity to expose students and faculty to art on campus. The $7.8 million construction of the museum was completely funded by the university, but a grant of $50,000 was given from the Terra Foundation for the opening exhibit, Re:Chicago.

The exhibit will highlight Chicago from the viewpoint of Chicago artists. The museum asked 41 members of Chicago's art community to offer up a name of a famous Chicago artist or "should be" famous Chicago artist to be displayed for the opening exhibition. The idea is to emphasize the importance of Chicago to the people who call this city home.

DePaul is certainly not alone when it comes to university museums in Chicago. Attracting new visitors was a top priority when Loyola University moved their museum from the Lake Shore campus to their campus west of the Water Tower in 2005.

Opening Details

DePaul's Art Museum is relocating from the university's library to a new building at 935 W. Fullerton. It opens to the public Sept. 17 featuring the exhibit, Re:Chicago. It will remain open all week free of charge to the public.

Saturday Sept. 17

  • 9:30 a.m.: Doors open
  • 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.: Panel discussion
  • 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.: Grand Opening Reception

Sunday Sept. 22

  • 6:00 p.m. - 8 p.m.: Reception for all interested DePaul students.

The opening exhibit features 41 Chicago based artists and their impressions of Chicago through works of art. Re:Chicago will last throughout the first academic quarter. The museum plans to install a new exhibit every quarter thereafter.

The museum will feature four to five galleries, including a large collection of classical African sculptors and large installments that can be seen on the entry level of the museum.

Guests are invited to blog about their experience on DePaul's Art Museum website.

Regular Museum Hours

  • Monday-Thursday: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Friday: 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Saturday and Sunday: Noon - 5 p.m.

Museum is free of charge to the public.

"With the move of the museum to the downtown campus we've had ten times as many visitors than we did at the Lake Shore campus," said Ann Meehan, curator of education for the Loyola University Museum of Art.

LUMA recorded 18,000 visitors in 2010 whereas at their former site their numbers were only being measured in the hundreds.

The differences between the two museums are significant both in art selection and in location. When LUMA first moved downtown their opening exhibit, Caravaggio: Una Mostra Impossibile, focused on religious themes, as do almost all of their exhibits.

While DePaul recognizes its significance in the Catholic world as well, the new museum will not limit itself to religious exhibits. They are using the museum to let students explore not just what DePaul's religious foundation is based upon, but the uniqueness of DePaul's home in Chicago.

Lincoln expresses high hopes for the new space. She wants first and foremost to continue to make it a teaching museum. With plenty of extra space she also wants to make it a focal point for DePaul's Lincoln Park Campus and draw more visitors.

Another main concern at the new location she said is to protect the art from the noise and vibrations of the neighboring CTA station.

Lincoln has been DePaul's Art Museum director since its creation 13 years ago. She was asked to oversee relocation to the new building by DePaul President, Rev. Dennis H. Holtschneider. Lincoln explained that Fr. Holtschneider realized the space would be perfect for the museum.

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