Par Excellence Redux: The Front 9 at the Elmhurst Art Museum


Art & Golf. It’s a Hole lot of Fun.

In a unique collision of recreation and art, the 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 area artists, designers, and architects attracted diverse artists who designed holes of varying difficulty, including the museum’s Teen Art Council. The custom-built playable miniature golf 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 two 9-hole courses will be comprised of a surprisingly varied collection of themes and forms, promising an unusual twist on a familiar pastime.

Artists: Wesley Baker, Julie Cowan, Current Projects, KT Duffy, Eve Fineman, Andrea Jablonski, Joshua Kirsch, Annalee Koehn, Latent Design, Vincent Lotesto, Joshua Lowe, Jesse Meredith, Jim Merz, David Quednau, Gautam Rao, Robin Schwartzman & Tom Loftus (aka A Couple of Putts), Liam Wilson & Anna Gershoni, and the museum’s Teen Art Council.

The course opens July 8th with advanced Tee Times starting June 1st.  Advanced registration will be available for private event rentals of the fully playable mini-golf course. This is the perfect setting for kids’ birthday parties, company retreats, weddings, and more. Send inquiries to

The exhibit will pay homage to Par Excellence (1988) conceived by Chicago artist Mike O’Brien with a special display of ephemera, newspaper clippings, photos, and a recreated hole by designer Annalee Koehn. The original exhibit sold out daily and found its way to the pages of the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, People Magazine, CNN, and the Chicago Tribune among others. The course went on tour to downstate Illinois before returning to Chicago as a rebranded commercial miniature golf course called ArtGolf.


Event Details

Jul 08 to Sep 26

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