Arts at Eureka College

The arts have played a pivotal role at Eureka College since it’s founding in 1855. Nearly 50% of the student body gets involved in the arts here in some significant way and there’s good reason for that – we’re winners! Our reputation is national and our students go on to professional careers in the arts and attend some of the finest graduate schools in the country. We stress overseas study and internships but our specialty is YOU. That’s right – YOU. YOU will always be a person – an artist – to us and we will become your friends and mentors for life. Check out our scholarships – we want students who are intelligent AND talented. For quality, professionalism and a personal touch – this is the place.

Rhea Edge
Professor of Art
Chair, Fine and Performing Arts

Visual Arts

Cocoon Tree by Doug DeWittAn exhibit titled “Off Trail” consisting of works made of natural and found objects by Mundelein artist Doug DeWitt will be displayed Aug. 25 through Sept. 26 in Burgess Hall Art Gallery at Eureka College. An artist’s reception will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Sept. 6 in the gallery. Continue reading.

120-by-96-inch acrylic on canvas tarpaulin titled An exhibit titled “Natural Impulse” of abstract paintings by White Bear, Minn., artist Robert Patrick will be displayed Oct. 6 through Nov. 21 in Burgess Hall Art Gallery at Eureka College. Continue reading.


violinist Elena Urioste, cellist Nicholas Canellakis and pianist Michael Brown
Violinist Elena Urioste, cellist Nicholas Canellakis and pianist Michael Brown

The Urioste-Canellakis-Brown Trio will perform piano trios at 3 p.m. Nov. 2 in Becker Auditorium in the Cerf Center. Admission is $20 and $10 for students. The concert repertoire will include “Piano Trio No. 1 in C Minor, Op. 8″ by Dimitri Shostakovich, “Piano Trio” by Maurice Ravel and “Piano Trio in B-flat Major, Op. 97″ by Ludwig van Beethoven.

Read the full news release. For more information, contact Eureka College Artist-in-Residence David Commanday at

The musicians also are scheduled to perform with the Heartland Festival Orchestra, which Commanday conducts. For information about those concerts, go to

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Theatre and Drama

2nd Annual Illinois High School 10-Minute Play Festival: November 21–22

All Illinois High School students are eligible to enter. All scripts must be new unproduced works. Six scripts will be selected as winners and produced by Eureka College. Script submission deadline: Must be e-mailed or postmarked by July 1, 2014.


2014-15 Theater schedule

“You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown”

September 25–27 and October 2–4 | Shows at 7:30pm

Directed by Eureka College theater professor Holly Rocke, with musical direction by Laura Weaver Hughes

The musical comedy is based on the comic strip “Peanuts” by Charles M. Schulz. The action follows the antics of Charlie Brown, Sally, Lucy, Linus, Schroeder and Snoopy. The child-friendly production features scenes such as Charlie Brown almost flying a kite, Lucy suggesting that Schroeder play something other than Beethoven and the children having to write a book report on “Peter Rabbit.” The book, music and lyrics are by Clark Gesner with additional dialogue by Michael Mayer and additional music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa.

Romeo and Juliet

February 25–28 | Shows at 7:30 pm

Directed by Eureka College theater professor Marty Lynch

The tragedy features two young lovers as they navigate through family politics. The Eureka College production will be set in modern-day America with the Montague and Capulet families representing leaders of two rival political parties. The humor found in many places in the script will be brought to the forefront, thus emphasizing the tragedy of the end, according to theater professor Marty Lynch, who will direct. The production will contain violence and some crude humor.

August: Osage County

April 14–18 | Shows at 7:30 pm

Directed by Eureka College alumnus Joel Shoemaker

Written by Tracy Letts, the drama follows the story of an Oklahoma family during the summer when the patriarch disappears. The ensuing family reunion brings out the best and the worst in the family members. The play includes adult language and themes and is not recommended for children.

All shows will be in Pritchard Theatre on College Avenue. For reservations, call the box office at 467-6363 or e-mail

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Literary Arts

Writers Festival

Summer Arts Festival

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