Noted Collector of African American Art to Present Show

By Melissa Allen

Patric McCoy will exhibit the work of many artists for ‘A Diaspora Rhythm’

As a vital piece of its annual Celebration of Black History, Elmhurst College will present an exhibition of work from the personal art collection of Patric McCoy.

McCoy’s vast collection features hundreds of works of art by contemporary African American artists. He will exhibit nearly 50 pieces in many media beginning this month–the first time any portion of his collection has been displayed for the general public.

The show, titled “A Diaspora Rhythm,” will run from January 23 – February 18 in the Founders Lounge of the College’s Frick Center, located at 190 Prospect Ave., Elmhurst ( A reception will be held on Tuesday, February 1, from 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. including a gallery talk given by Patric McCoy at 5:00 p.m. Both the exhibit and the reception are free and open to the public.

McCoy is a founding member and president of Diasporal Rhythms, a Chicago-based organization of collectors of contemporary works by artists of the “African Diaspora.”

“This exhibition looks at the role of the collector and the importance of his/her capacity to encourage and support the development of artists,” said Suellen Rocca, curator and director of art exhibits at Elmhurst College. “Patric McCoy and the other members of Diasporal Rhythms are truly passionate in their goal of sustaining and validating contemporary artists of African descent.”

This exhibit is one of a dozen shows that Elmhurst College will present this academic year, in three different on-campus venues. Elmhurst College takes pride in its exhibits, as well as its unparalleled collection of Chicago Imagist art on display in the A.C. Buehler Library.

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Elmhurst College is a leading liberal arts college located eight miles west of Chicago. The College’s mission is to prepare its students for meaningful and ethical work in a multicultural, global society. Elmhurst College fosters learning and enriches culture through innovation, scholarship and creative expression. Approximately 3,400 full- and part-time students are enrolled in its 22 undergraduate academic departments and nine graduate degree programs.

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