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The Koehnline Museum of Art is committed to establishing and encouraging an adventuresome environment for art. Its programs and exhibits are designed for students, College employees, and members of the greater community, and so serve an educational purpose as well as exploring and illuminating current directions in regional, national, and international art. In fulfilling these purposes, the museum

* advocates the support of local art and makes an active effort to present Chicago area artists

* focuses on modern and contemporary art reflecting excellence and educational value through a diversity of genres and aesthetic principles

* seeks opportunities to explore the educational potential of its exhibits, providing supplemental materials and documentation intended to amplify viewers' understanding of art on exhibit and to stimulate research

* provides online resources to develop and increase awareness of both temporary exhibits and the College's permanent collection of modern and contemporary painting, sculpture, and graphic art

* provides expertise for the display, documentation, conservation, and expansion of the College's permanent collection

Permanent Collection

Oakton's collection of modern and contemporary art is on display at the Des Plaines campus and the Ray Hartstein Campus in Skokie. The collection features commissioned and donated paintings and sculptures mostly by Chicago and Illinois artists and graphic work by such twentieth century masters as Alexander Calder, Salvador Dali, Jean Dubuffet, Fernand Leger, Juan Miro, Robert Motherwell, Claes Oldenberg, Georges Rouault and Antony Tapies.

Oakton Sculpture
Des Plaines Campus

Oakton Sculpture
Skokie Campus

Plucked Chicken
RHC, Skokie

Woodcuts Portfolio
RHC, Skokie

Otto Neumann
RHC, Skokie

Asaph Ben-Menahem
RHC, Skokie

Leo Politi
Des Plaines Campus


2007 Annual Collegiate Artists Competition
This juried exhibition recognizes the cultural contributions of students at public and private colleges and universities in Illinois. Presented by the Illinois Board of Higher Education, the Office of the Governor, and the state’s higher education community.

Previous Exhibitions

Myungah Hyon integrates printmaking, body art and installation art to create a dialogue between herself and the viewer in order to provoke a personal emotional response. This particular interest in communication derives from events in Hyon’s life that took her from South Korea to Canada and later to the United States.
Hyon’s initial drive to communicate springs from a cultural gap, but it is important to note that the only clue to her heritage is the shape of her eyes in just one of the works included here. This gives the installation a powerfully broad and universal resonance. (From the catalog's introduction)

In my experience, all recent works by Myungah Hyon are intentionally left untitled. Or, perhaps I should say they are purposely given the designation of “Untitled” to avoid specificity. Hyon’s work explores identity and mines the territory of cultural duality. Therefore, her lack of titles helps to further her quest and leaves open all issues of identity not communicated through the images.

This exhibition at the William A. Koehnline Gallery presents the highlights of the Koehnline's Ernst collection. The show emphasizes the relation of the artist to science and nature and demonstrates Ernst's innovative techniques.
Max Ernst (1891-1976) participated in two important movements in modern art history: Dada and Surrealism. He also developed two significant techniques, collage and frottage, that gave new options to artists. Historians suggest that as a self-taught artist, Ernst's lack of formal training allowed him the freedom to explore new and unconventional techniques to accomplish his artistic goals. In exploring unique a...+ [ Read all ]

Forthcoming exhibitions

Sculpture Invasion

July 12 – August 30, 2007

More than 40 members of Chicago Sculpture International will participate in this juried exhibition, which features an “invasion

Opening hours

September - May:
Monday - Friday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Saturday: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.

June - August:
Monday - Thursday 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Getting there

Via Tri-State Tollway (I-294)
From North: Exit at Golf Road. Turn left at the end of the exit ramp. Turn right at the traffic light (Golf Road). Turn right at the first traffic light (College Drive).

From South: Take the Dempster West exit. Turn right on Rand Road (Route 12) to River Road (Route 45). Take River Road north to Golf Road. Turn right on Golf to the first traffic light (College Drive) and turn left.

Via the Kennedy Expressway
Take the Kennedy Expressway to the Tri-State Tollway (I-294 to Milwaukee). Exit at Dempster West and follow the directions (from South) above.

Via Public Transportation
Pace Bus 208 - Monday - Saturday only

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Art 120
This introductory credit course emphasizes the role of the curator in the museum field, especially in the areas of collection management and exhibit preparation. Although the course focuses on the art museum, the basic principles also apply to other types of museums such as history, science or nature. The Koehnline Museum at the Des Plaines campus serves as a lab for this course. For more information call: (847) 635-2633.