Elmhurst Art Museum (EAM) was bequeathed nearly 300 works from the collection of Cleve Carney (1939-2013), a longtime member of the Museum's Board of Directors. This spring will present the exhibition Selections from the Cleve Carney Bequest. Drawn from the largest gift of art in the Museum's history, this exhibition serves as a tribute to the vision and the generosity of Cleve Carney.
Carney was a longtime resident of the Western suburbs of Chicago--he was raised in Wheaton and spent much of his adult life in Glen Ellyn. Though he traveled the world seeking out contemporary art, he championed Chicago artists and was heavily involved in the Chicago art community. More than two-thirds of the works on display are by local artists, both emerging and established.
One of the first artists to receive Carney’s focus on was John Pittman, from nearby St. Charles. Many of the works Carney collected share the visual qualities of Pittman's often monochromatic and highly-crafted geometric abstractions, notably those by Roger Ackling, Rodney Carswell, Johannes Girardoni and Michelle Grabner. Others by artists such as Lesley Dill, Jin Soo Kim, and Hollis Sigler include narratives and references to the body, while the painterly gesture can be seen in major works by the Zhou Brothers and Wesley Kimler. Also on view are works by Fatima Allotey, Nicole Cherubini, Josh Garber, Katsunori and other notable artists represented in the bequest.
Elmhurst Art Museum is located just 18 miles from downtown Chicago. For more information please visit www.elmhurstartmuseum.org.
Clef Notes Chicagoland Journal for the Arts
Lesley Dill, I See Visions, 2004. Lithograph on muslin and silk organza with hand-sewing. EAM Collection, Bequest of Cleve Carney.