Meet Elisa Quinlan, Director of Development

We took a moment to interview Elisa Quinlan, our new Director of Development and proud Northwestern alumna. In her role at the museum Elisa spearheads fundraising efforts and connects with our Board of Advisors to cultivate events. She also oversees gifts and acquisitions to the museum's permanent collection. We asked her about her history in fundraising, as well as her goals and aspirations for...

Block Museum Receives Major Gift of Contemporary Art

Carrie Mae Weems, "Ritual and Revolution" (1998), installation view at P.P.O.W. Gallery, New York. Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery. Pioneering software innovator Peter Norton has donated 68 contemporary artworks from his personal collection to Northwestern University’s Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art, a transformative gift that includes a wide variety of media from more...

Collection Spotlight: Jean Pearson by W. Eugene Smith

  W. Eugene Smith, Jean Pearson (Theater Girl) series, 1949, gelatin silver print. Gift of Richard L. Sandor, 1986.1.158 I selected this W. Eugene Smith photograph from his 1949 Theatre Girl series. When I started to go through the collection online, I was drawn to the photographers, especially Smith. Smith was a Midwestern boy and a World War II photographer in Japan; coincidentally, my...

Collection Spotlight: Amoeba by Joshua Davis

Staff at the Block Museum recently began sharing their favorite works from our collection with each other on a weekly basis. Now we've decided to let you in on the fun. Check back for new objects! Joshua Davis, Amoeba, from the series Once Upon a Forest, 2005, inkjet print. 2007.23. I chose this work from the Block’s computer-generated prints collection. It’s by Joshua Davis, an artist born...

Collection Spotlight: Solider and Bride by Jiří Anderle

  Jiří Anderle, Solider and Bride, 1980, drypoint and mezzotint with photograph. 1988.2. Jiří Anderle is a Czech artist born in 1936. Much of his work was collected by a Chicago couple, Jacques and Anne Baruch, who ran a gallery that focused on the contemporary art of Central and Eastern Europe. I love this print. The first time I saw it I stopped and looked at for a really long time. I...

Collection Spotlight: The Campfire by Roy De Forest

  Roy De Forest, The Campfire, 1993, lithograph. Gift of Thomas Deutsch, 1998.10.5. As the Museum’s registrar, I’ve seen everything in our collection. I wanted to pick an object that hasn’t been on exhibition yet to share with you and my colleagues. We have seven prints and one drawing by the artist Roy De Forest. All of them are fascinating in their own ways, but The Campfire in...

Collection Spotlight: Snow Does, Carol Wax

Carol Wax (American, b. 1953) is one of the foremost artists working in the medium of mezzotint printmaking. Mezzotint is a laborious form of intaglio printing in which the artist uses a metal tool with small teeth, commonly referred to as a “rocker,” to create pits, or burrs, on a metal plate that will hold ink during the printing process. The artist then applies a scraper and a burnisher to...