The Schingoethe Art Gallery


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*The Schingoethe Museum and Art Gallery are currently closed until 2015.*

Aurora University is pleased to announce that the Schingoethe Museum and Art Gallery will be relocated to the new Welcome Center, a 21,000-sqaure-foot building that will serve vital purposes, in 2015. One wing of the Welcome Center will house the Schingoethe Museum with collections and exhibits oriented around a large central art gallery.

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Questions? Please call 630-844-7843 or email


Welcome Center

The Schingoethe Gallery provides a venue for several shows per year, including one-person shows by local and regional artists, group shows, and student shows, both from Aurora University and area high schools.

All are invited to the opening receptions, which often include an opportunity to meet the artists.

The gallery invites inquiries from artists who have a connection with the Fox Valley area, Aurora University or reside in northern Illinois. Contact the gallery via e-mail or call 630-844-7844.

Schingoethe Gallery Hours and Location
Monday - Thursday
8:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
1:00 - 4:00 p.m. during the academic year (September - May)

The Schingoethe Gallery is located on the lower level of Dunham Hall on the Aurora University campus at the corner of Randall Road and Marseillaise Place, Aurora, Illinois. The gallery is adjacent to the Schingoethe Center. 

Current Events and Exhibits 2013/2014

Archive of Past Schingoethe Gallery Art Exhibitions

February 5 - March 26, 2013

Transition: SAIC@AU

Energy Assessment

Curated by Kristina Paabus and Aimee BeaubienIndeterminate System

Transition in physical place, concepts, artistic practice or life paths is the subject of the show. With a philosophy that challenges the notion that any field is ever beyond rediscovery, photography and printmedia graduate students from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago respond to this theme in a multidisciplinary fashion.

Graduate Students: Richard Blackwell - Kevin Buzzell - Kate Conlon - Ilan Gutin - Rea Lynn de Guzman - Janna van Hasselt - Annelies Kamen - Lais Pontes - Andrea Przygonski - Aaron Smith - Sanaz Sohrabi - Spencer Stucky - Erin Woodbrey - Hyounsang Yoo -

Opening Reception: Tuesday, February 5, 2013 4:30-6:30 p.m.

Image at left: Indeterminate System by Kate Conlon, Lithograph print, 24" x 34"

Image at right: Energy Assessment by Erin Woodbrey, Gum transfer on handmage paper, each print is 25" x 45"

September 20 - December 16, 2012

Unyielding Light: Paintings and Prints by Emilio Sanchez

Unyielding Light: Grey Ropa Vieja

Emilio Sanchez was born in Camaguey, Cuba in 1921. He began his artistic training at the Art Students League in 1944 when he moved to New York City where he lived until he died in 1999. However, it was in Cuba that he became fascinated with the play of light and shadow on colored forms that became a dominant characteristic of his works. Sanchez' art is well represented in more than thirty museums including the New York Museum of Modern Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Unyielding Light: Sol de Mediodia

This show features the Aurora University collection of Emilio Sanchez, made possible by the generous donation of the Emilio Sanchez Foundation. 

Opening Reception: Thursday, September 20, 2012 4:30-6:30 p.m. 


Image at left: Grey Ropa Vieja, watercolor 

 Image at right: Sol de Mediodia, lithograph  

January 19 - February 29, 2012

Rock, Paper, Scissors: Process and Perception

Curated by Meg Bero, Gallery Director

Portland (detail) by Matthew PictonOde to Blue Sharpie by Sarah SteinwachsTotem (detail) by Brian Dettmer 

"Rock, Paper, Scissors" explores the relationship between an artist's vision, medium and process.  Results are sometimes literal, sometimes abstract and often enigmatic.  The artists reference a variety of landscapes: social, political and other.

Featuring works by Marissa Bero, Robert Blunk, G.E. Colpitts, Brian Dettmer, Katie Kahn, Kari Kraus, Nancy Legner, Matthew Picton, Mark Rospenda and Sarah Steinwachs.

Opening Reception: Thursday, January 19, 2012 4:30-7:30 p.m.

Images from left to right: Portland (detail) by Matthew Picton, Ode to Blue Sharpie by Sarah Steinwachs, Totem (detail) by Brian Dettmer
September 20 - December 16, 2011

Manifested Destiny

Featuring the Art of Larry McNeil (Tlingit, Nisga)

In the True Spirit of White Man by Larry McNeil

Larry McNeil makes art that is a visual manifestation of the provocative times in which we live.  Employing irony and satire, McNeil's art is about the intersection of cultures, American mythology, and embodies a distinctive sense of American identity.

McNeil is a Full Professor in the Art Department at Boise State University.  He has also taught at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe.  He has won numerous fellowships and awards for his art, which reinforces his idea that art may strive to embody relevance, meaning and, hopefully, a sense of grace.

Opening Reception: Wednesday, October 5, 2011 4:30-7:00 p.m. with a lecture by the artist at 6:00 p.m.

Image: In the True Spirit of White Man, digital print, 2002, 24" x 48"
January 10 - February 27, 2011

Recent Works by Steve Lowery, Professor of Art at Aurora University

Sunny Afternoon by Steve LowerySteve Lowery has been teaching at Aurora University for nearly 25 years.  He is a painter whose work can be categorized as abstract expressionism or surrealism.  Many of his more recent pieces will be on display at the Schingoethe Art Gallery.  This exhibit is sure to inspire current art students and captivate the general public.

Opening Reception: Tuesday, January 18, 4:30-6:30 p.m.

Image at right: "Sunny Afternoon," Steve Lowery, 2010, acrylic on canvas, 45" x 45"

September 14 - December 17, 2010

Just as Curious When It's Sung

Empty Stage by Katie KahnFeaturing work by Katie Kahn

In this show, Kahn explores a place of engagement between the personal, political and natural worlds in order to examine that interaction, and to discover wherein lies individual and communal responsibility.

Opening Reception: Tuesday, September 14, 4:30-6:30 p.m. followed immediately with a lecture by the artist

Image at left: "Empty Stage," Katie Kahn, 2004-2009, oil on canvas, 58" x 68"

January 12 - February 25, 2010

Aurora University Faculty/Staff Fine Art Show

Many Aurora University faculty and staff lead a double life: artist/teacher, administrator, graphic artist, etc.  The visual creativity of the AU community will be on display in this third (not annual) AU Faculty/Staff show.

Opening Reception: Thursday, January 14, 2010, 4:30-6:30 p.m.

November 3, 2009 - January 2, 2010

Aurora, Apollo and Others: Narrative Paintings by J. M. Mesplé

Elixir of Love by J. M. MespléDrawings, Paintings and Prints

Mythological imagery within a contemporary context is explored in the paintings, drawings and prints of J. M. Mesplé.

Opening Reception: Tuesday, November 10, 2009, 4:30-6:30 p.m. followed immediately with a lecture by the artist.

Image at right: "Elixir of Love," J. M. Mesplé, 2009, egg tempera and oil on canvas, 48" x 36"

September 8 - October 31, 2009

...of a Feather

Palm Warbler by Peter OlsonDrawings and prints by Peter Olson

Birds metaphorically represent the vast and complex natural world on many levels.  Although we as humans understand them in many ways, something about birds remains elusive, distant and unknowable.  They are always flying away from us.

Opening Reception: Tuesday, September 8, 4:30-7:00 p.m.

Image at left: "Palm Warbler," Peter Olson, 2007, mixed media, 29 1/2" x 21 1/2"

January 8 - February 25, 2009


Confrontation/ContemplationFeaturing work by Mike Knierim and Carolyn Bernstein

Opening Reception Thursday, January 15, 2009, 4:30-7:00 p.m.

Bernstein and Knierim face the world head-on in this show about issues of war, loss and humanity.  Life is messy.  In "Confrontation/Contemplation," the goal is not to prescribe answers but, in their belief that art can evoke empathy and thus change, to simply present in the power of the visual the opportunity to reflect.  Curator, Meg Bero

Mike Knierim

Mike Knierim states, "Where you place your attention determines all."  Knierim tends to place his attention at the boundaries where things converge.  Such boundaries include encounters between natural and man-made, past and present, present and future, light and dark, right and wrong, have and have-not, levity and seriousness.  The list goes on...

Confrontation/ContemplationFor Knierim these things are all metaphors for the border between the conscious and subconscious aspects of ourselves.  Knierim seeks to create images and experiences which mediate between these levels of consciousness and reflect the dual nature of our being.  "My ultimate goal is to express myself in a manner that has the capacity to improve our lives by creating greater awareness and understanding of ourselves, our neighbors and the world at large."

Carolyn Bernstein

The guiding features of Bernstein's work are questions about what sparks and sustains curiosity and empathy.  Her work explores ideas of transcience, loss, and transformation.  "I find meaning and poignancy through an artistic practice that demands the careful and sustained examination of things that our culture discards, overlooks, or chooses not to talk about."

November 11, 2008 - January 2, 2009

Root & Shadow

Featuring work by Christian Arrecis, Myongbeom Kim and Kim Strom

Chance by Christian ArrecisTree #1 by Kim StromDeer by Myongbeom Kim

Images from left to right: "Chance," Christian Arrecis; "Tree #1," Kim Strom; and "Deer," Myongbeom Kim

The Root & Shadow art exhibition features the work of three artists who use photography to document their manipulation of the natural world, all in an effort to preserve, enhance, provoke and reveal.

Opening Reception Tuesday, November 11, 2008, 4:30-7:00 p.m.

September 9 - November 11, 2008

"not for the season"hydrastatic afternoon by Tyler Hennings

Featuring work by Tyler Hennings

The exhibition, "not for the season," indulges visitors in the pure joy of painting.  Viewers are immersed, aided by the chosen sizes of the canvases, in color and the movement of brush strokes.  Hennings invokes a strong sense of memory, both personal and shared.

Opening Reception Tuesday, September 9, 2008, 4:30-7:00 p.m.

Image at right: "hydrastatic afternoon," Tyler Hennings

January 10 - February 28, 2008

Movement and MetaphorUntitled by Karen Lange

Untitled by Dominic MooreFeaturing work by Karen Lange and Dominic Moore

Opening Reception Thursday, January 10, 2008, 4:30-6:30 p.m.

Image at left: "Untitled," Dominic Moore

Image at right: "Untitled," Karen Lange

November 14, 2007 - January 4, 2008

Field Sketches Inspired by the Schingoethe CenterTurtle Amulet by Suzanne Wegener

Pitcher Plant by Julie KulakAU presents an exhibit of paintings and drawings by The Guild of Natural Science Illustrators, Great Lakes Chapter, featuring Native American plants and artifacts from the Schingoethe collections.

Opening Reception November 14, 2007, 4:30-6:30 p.m. followed by a slide and specimen lecture on Native American plant usage with ecologist and botanist Pat Armstrong, M.A., University of Chicago.

Image at left: "Pitcher Plant," Julie Kulak

Image at right: "Turtle Amulet," Suzanne Wegener

September 13 - November 8, 2007

Evidence of Human HabitationUntitled by Tom Berenz

Cul-de-sac by Mike KnierimFeaturing work by Tom Berenz and Mike Knierim

Opening Reception Thursday, September 13, 2007, 4:30-7:00 p.m.

Image at left: "Cul-de-sac," Mike Knierim

Image at right: "Untitled," Tom Berenz

September 14 - October 27, 2006

Marissa BeroFirst Light II: New Artists, New Work

Featuring work by Deann Allerman, Marissa Bero, R. Hope Le Van, Maureen McKee, Gerardo Rios, Juan Sepulveda, Jon Stanicek.  Opening reception, Downstairs Dunham Gallery, adjacent to the Schingoethe Center.

Image at right: "Untitled," Marissa Bero, 2005, mixed media

February 15, 2006 - May 1, 2006

Fox Delegate to Washington D.C. by Chris PappanA Voice of Their Own: Emerging Chicago Native American Artists

Curated by Meg Bero, Executive Director of the Schingoethe Center

Erica Lord (Athabaskan/Inupiaq), Chris Pappan (Osage, Lakota), Debra Yeppa-Pappan (Jemez Pueblo, Korean)

Image at right: "Fox Delegate to Washington D.C.," Chris Pappan, 2005, Acrylic on Wood Panel, 77.5" x 108", collection the Schingoethe Museum

Annual Aurora University Graduating Art Major Exhibit, April through September

April 25-May 23, 2013

April 4-23, 2013

April 12 - September 15, 2012

April 1 - September 1, 2011

April 7 - September 7, 2010

April 7 - September 7, 2009

Current and Past Annual High School Art Shows

March 13 - April 5, 2012: West Aurora High School

March 3 - March 31, 2011: Batavia High School

March 3 - March 31, 2010: St. Charles North High School

March 3 - March 31, 2009: St. Charles East High School