For the first time in its 20 year history, the critically acclaimed publication, New American Paintings, which presents a juried exhibition-in-print with each issue, will jump from the page to the walls of the Elmhurst Art Museum (EAM) this spring. New American Paintings: The 2014 Midwest Edition features 40 artists selected by EAM’s chief curator, Staci Boris.  

Boris selected from more than 400 works submitted by artists from Illinois, Wisconsin, Michigan, Minnesota, Indiana, Missouri, Ohio and Iowa for the publication. The resulting exhibition offers a view of the ways in which paint is used as a medium in contemporary art practice.

Among the artists showcased are Elijah Burgher, whose large-scale paintings on canvas drop cloths were shown in the 2014 Whitney Biennial; Lilli Carré, whose experimental animations and ceramics were the subject of a 2014 solo show at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago; and Alex Bradley Cohen, whose paintings of family, friends, sitcoms and historical events have been featured in Bad at Sports.    

New American Paintings: The 2014 Midwest Edition will run at the Elmhurst Art Museum, located just 14 miles from downtown Chicago, May 16 through August 23, 2015. For more information about the upcoming exhibition or EAM programming, visit 

Alex Bradley Cohen, Summertime. Acrylic on Canvas

New American Paintings Publication to Shape New Exhibition at Elmhurst Art Museum