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  1. 2018 Exemplary Youth Service Awards

    December 1, 2017 - March 9, 2018

    Know an amazing kid? The City of Elmhurst Commission on Youth is now accepting nominations for the 2018 Exemplary Youth Service Awards. Ceremony and reception will be held on Thursday, April 26 at 7:00pm at Bryan Middle School. For more information and to nominate a deserving youth, please go to Deadline for nominations is March 9, 2018

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  2. Special Exhibit "Smithsonian Gems"

    December 1, 2017 - March 31, 2018

    American jewelry designers and phenomenal gemstones are featured in this exclusive exhibit from the gem vaults of the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History.

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  3. Freedom: A History of US

    January 12, 2018 - March 11, 2018

    The evolving concept of freedom and its pursuit is explored in this touring exhibit from the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, illuminating critical figures and events from our nation’s birth until 1968. Highlights include: reproductions of a rare 1776 printing of the Declaration of Independence, a secretly printed draft and official copy of the U.S. Constitution, Lincoln’s handwritten speech notes, and letters by Frederick Douglass, Susan B. Anthony, and Martin Luther King, Jr. The exhibit is supplemented with Elmhurst materials including a 1924 KKK rally flyer, manuscripts related to the Elmhurst Fair Housing Ordinance, and correspondence from veterans from the Civil War and WWI eras.

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  4. Free Family Open Swims

    January 14, 2018 - March 11, 2018

    Have a fun-filled time at York High School’s swimming pools on select Sundays. This free program is part of a cooperative agreement between Elmhurst School District 205 and the Elmhurst Park District. Lap swimming, open swim and diving boards will be available.

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  5. Gertrude Abercrombie: Portrait of the Artist as a Landscape

    January 20, 2018 - March 4, 2018

    The dream-like imagery and enigmatic paintings by Gertrude Abercrombie include spare interiors and illusionary landscapes. Her works, which were historically important in Chicago, have been referred to as “psychic self-portraits”.

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  6. IN THIS HOUSE: Paula Crown, Michelle Grabner, Brad Killam, Tony Tasset, and James Welling

    January 20, 2018 - March 18, 2018

    The installations by these artists respond to the minimal design of Mies van der Rohe’s McCormick House as well as its history as a domestic space.

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  7. Nature vs. Nurture: Then & Now

    January 27, 2018 - March 10, 2018

    Watercolor paintings by Elmhurst College graduate, Randi Holt, inspired by her wild backyard. Randi Holt is a member of the Elmhurst Artists' Guild. Meet the artist at the opening reception Feb 2, 2018, 7 - 9pm, free to the public.

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  8. Spring Art Exhibition Features Printmaker Michael Barnes

    January 30, 2018, 8:00 PM - March 17, 2018, 8:00 PM

    Michael Barnes is a master printmaker with a passion for the medium of lithography. The theme of his work addresses, in part, the absurdities of life and calls into question the historical evolution of so-called civilization. Elmhurst College will host Barnes’ exhibition Many Turns and Feats to Bewilder from January 29 through March 17 in the Frick Center, Founders Lounge. A public reception for the artist will be held from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 14. Admission is free to the exhibition and reception, and the public is invited. As a social critic, Barnes is part of a long tradition of visual artists whose works provide a critique of society. A professor of printmaking at Northern Illinois University, he has exhibited his work worldwide. In addition, the College’s A.C. Buehler Library permanently houses the College’s unparalleled collection of Chicago Imagist and Abstractionist Art.

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  9. Spring Art Exhibition to Feature 'Margaret Lanterman: Sculpture'

    February 6, 2018, 12:00 PM - April 14, 2018, 5:00 PM

    Margaret Lanterman is an artist and art educator who explores the interface between nature and culture in sculptural and two-dimensional works. Originally educated as an ethologist, Lanterman’s study of animal behavior spurred her life-long artistic journey, which has resulted in works in various media from found objects to cast plaster to wood. Three distinct bodies of Lanterman’s work from different time periods—staff sculptures, hand portraits (workers) and “mind games”—will be displayed when Elmhurst College hosts “Margaret Lanterman: Sculpture” from March 6 through April 14 in the Barbara A. Kieft Accelerator ArtSpace (200 W. Park Ave., Elmhurst, A public reception for the artist will be held from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 7. An Artist’s Talk will take place at 5:00 p.m. Admission is free to the exhibition and reception, and the public is invited.

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  10. Martin Luther King Jr. Lecture by Rev. Dr. L. Bernard Jakes

    February 21, 2018, 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

    As senior pastor and teacher of the faith family of West Point Missionary Baptist Church in Chicago, the Rev. Dr. L. Bernard Jakes serves as a consultant to policymakers on statewide issues such as sensible gun laws, same-gender marriage and education funding reform. On Feb. 21, Rev. Jakes, an Elmhurst College alumnus (Class of 1997), will present 'Is Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s 20th Century Voice Relevant in the 21st Century?' as this year’s Martin Luther King Jr. Intercultural Lecture at Elmhurst College. In his 15 years at West Point Missionary Baptist Church, Rev. Jakes has brought a number of restorative programs to his congregation, including the Operation H.O.P.E. Food and Clothing Pantry and the West Point Community Development Corporation. The nationally syndicated Tom Joyner Morning Show recently honored him with its Biggest Giver Award for community excellence.

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  11. The Martin Luther King Jr. Intercultural Lecture

    February 21, 2018, 4:00 PM @ Elmhurst College Frick Center, Founders Lounge

    Dr. Bernard Jakes’ commitment to the less fortunate has earned him national recognition from the syndicated Tom Joyner Morning Show by presenting him with The Biggest Giver Award for community excellence. His commitment to social justice, coupled with his humanitarian efforts led to his being inducted into the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Board of International Preachers of Morehouse College. He also serves as Co-Chaplain for African American students at Elmhurst College in Elmhurst, Illinois.

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