Exhibitions + Events

Par Excellence Redux: The Back 9

October 13 - January 2, 2022

The Elmhurst Art Museum & Colossal present Par Excellence Redux, an artist-designed mini-golf course

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Location: Elmhurst Art Museum | 150 Cottage Hill Avenue, Elmhurst, Illinois

In a unique collision of recreation and art, the Elmhurst Art Museum has commissioned a two-part miniature golf course of playable works of art by local and national artists. This course is a reimagining of the wildly popular 1988 exhibition Par Excellence at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

A public call for proposals for Par Excellence Redux attracted a diverse group of artists, designers, and architects, including the museum’s Teen Art Council, who all conceived holes of varying difficulty. The custom-built course will be split into two exhibits: The Front 9 (summer) and The Back 9 (fall).

Designed to use the museum’s galleries with COVID protocols, the 18 artistic holes promise an unusual twist on a familiar pastime. From social justice to the occult, the courses include a surprisingly varied collection of themes and forms, including a fortune-telling hole that has the power to dramatically change scores, as well as a design that challenges players with an optical illusion.

The Back 9 artists are Wesley Baker, KT Duffy, Eve Fineman, Donna Piacenza, Annalee Koehn, Vincent Lotesto, Joshua Lowe, Jim Merz, David Quednau, and Liam Wilson & Anna Gershon.

Par Excellence Redux is curated by Colossal’s founder and editor-in-chief Christopher Jobson.


All images courtesy of Elmhurst Art Museum, shared with permission.