As realtors, we think about the concept of “home” frequently. But it means something different to everyone. What can we learn about how others view home? And why do some places hold special meaning to some people but not others?

To celebrate its 20th anniversary, the Elmhurst Art Museum is exploring these questions by honoring its place in the community with the exhibition, “Sense of Place,” which opened last Saturday.

Artists have interpreted the theme by looking at their own sense of space – either personal or public, real or imaginary.  The theme acknowledges Elmhurst’s strong community composed of people who are drawn to the city’s suburban yet urban feel, and those who have lived here for generations.

Two of the artists are from Elmhurst, several are from the Chicago area and others are from New York, Los Angeles, and Switzerland. Some of the works explore the space of the western suburbs or Chicago; others look at very different environments.

Elmhurst artist David Wallace Haskins created “Summer:Winter”, an immersive sensory installation of Wilder Park. He recorded 24 hours of summer sounds at the park, which surrounds the museum, allowing guests to be looking at a winter landscape while hearing summer sounds.

Elmhurst artist Judie Anderson’s work is an illustration of her grandfather’s house. Other works examine how space can be a geographic place or an idea of a place.

This is the museum’s first open call exhibition, and it showcases local, national and international artists. More than 400 applicants applied to be a part of exhibit, but only 39 were chosen in a blind review, meaning judges made their decisions solely on the work that was submitted.

The Elmhurst Art Museum was founded by members of the Elmhurst Artists’ Guild in 1997. They hoped to explore how the study of art, architecture, and design help people from all walks of life see and think differently.

“Sense of Space” runs through Feb. 12, 2017. It is the first of several planned celebrations of the museums 20th anniversary in 2017. For more information, visit  

The Elmhurst Art Museum is a gem in our city. We encourage everyone to visit this unique exhibit and celebrate the museum and its presence in our town.

If you want to learn more about the art museum or any of the four museums in Elmhurst, call us at (630) 441-5570 or visit our website,

Photo: Keith Sharp, “Garage Door” (2015), Archival pigment print on paper, 17 x 25”, Image courtesy of Keith Sharp