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The Cleve Carney Museum of Art offers year-round visual art exhibitions showcasing art by regional, national and international artists. Our goal is to encourage the growth and understanding of contemporary art through exhibitions and educational programming that cultivates a variety of perspectives.

The Cleve Carney Museum of Art is named in honor of one of Glen Ellyn’s most revered philanthropists, the late Cleve Carney, a contemporary art collector and supporter of the arts.

Cleve Carney provided a significant legacy gift to establish the Cleve Carney Museum of Art, a one-story, 1,850-square-foot addition on the west side of the McAninch Arts Center. He also donated artworks from his own extensive contemporary art collection, which are prominently displayed throughout the College campus along with other pieces in the College’s Permanent Art Collection.

Prior to the construction of the Cleve Carney Museum of Art in 2014 the College of DuPage’s art gallery was the Gahlberg Gallery. You can access the archive of exhibitions from the Gahlberg Gallery HERE.

The museum’s educational series for children and adults titled CCMA Creates, is a great resource for parents and caregivers seeking interactive learning activities. CCMA Creates: Kids is geared towards children aged 12 and younger, but accessible to all ages and skill levels. CCMA Creates: Stuck in the Studio offers studio visits with artists who have previously exhibited at the institution. Both series can be found at theccma.org/ccma-creates.


Wednesday, Apr. 21, 7p

John Paris, COD Professor of History and Latin American Studies, covers the social and political consequences of the Mexican Revolution, how it sparked the Constitution of 1917, and its impact on members of Mexico’s art community, including Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo. The event will be streamed here and on Facebook.

Thursday, Apr. 22, 2021 | 11a

Panel moderated by David Ouellette     Erin Wiersma's artistic practice focuses on the body's capacity to absorb and respond to an environment. Based in the Flint Hills of Kansas, she is creating works on paper with the land at the Konza Prairie Biological Station, one of the few remaining protected grasslands in the world.…

Sunday, Apr. 25, 3p

In this lecture by the author of “Frida in America: The Creative Awakening of a Great Artist,” Celia Stahr details Kahlo’s early days in San Francisco, New York and Detroit in the 1930s during the early days of her marriage with Diego Rivera. This period saw major steps towards Kahlo’s creative awakening, which Stahr will…

Sunday, May 23, 3p

Frida Kahlo’s work, little known and appreciated during her lifetime, acquired importance and preeminence in the light of second-wave feminism, precisely because of its distinctive qualities that relate it to the feminist motto “The personal is political” that underlies the social, theoretical and cultural contributions of that movement. This talk will examine and contextualize specific…

June 5 - Sept. 6, 2021

Presented by the Cleve Carney Museum of Art and the McAninch Arts Center at the College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn, IL, this comprehensive presentation of the life and works of the artist Frida Kahlo will feature 26 original pieces as well as an immersive historical exhibit that provides a framework of the life, circumstances and…

Saturday, June 6 - Monday, Sept. 6, 2021

 The Cleve Carney Museum of Art and McAninch Arts Center will be presenting the award-winning Tres Fridas Project in the newly appointed lobby exhibition space. The Tres Frida’s project was created by Reveca Torres and Mariam Pare, two artists paralyzed by a spinal cord injury. The artists met online and bonded through art, injury and…

Saturday, Oct. 2, 2021 - Monday, Jan.31, 2022

The solo exhibition Jesus of Western Avenue, featuring works celebrated Chicago resident Tony Fitzpatrick, will now open on Saturday, Oct. 2, 2021 and run through Monday, Jan. 31, 2022. Jesus of Western Avenue will feature more than 30 recent works by world-renowned multimedia artist and celebrated Chicago resident Tony Fitzpatrick. With work in the permanent…

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