About us

Our History

In 1941 an open art exhibition at the Downers Grove Public Library featured the work of local artists. Later, a meeting was spearheaded by acclaimed  artist from Downers Grove, Tressa Emerson Benson, and our community art guild was organized.  A few weeks later, the Downers Grove Artists' Guild was officially formed with a membership of ten.  Today the guild is a non-profit organization that includes students, award winning artists of many disciplines, aspiring artists and patrons of the arts.  Members have the opportunity to show and sell their work in many local venues.

A Non-profit Organization

The Downers Grove Artists' Guild is registered in the state of Illinois as a not-for-profit organization.  We depend entirely upon our wonderful volunteers to operate.  We rely solely upon your donations, membership dues and fundraising to meet all expenses.  To assure the continuation and growth of the guild, we welcome all contributions.  Your donations are deductible to the extent provided by the law.  

Come Relax

Whether you attend our free meetings, our free exhibitions or prefer to support our doings from afar, we provide a casual atmosphere with an emphasis on simply enjoying the visual arts in all forms.  It does not matter if you are just starting out, or if you work professionally in an art field. All are welcome.  All artists and patrons are incredibly important at the Downers Grove Artists' Guild. You are invited to attend any of our meetings as our guest. Our art community of members welcomes you.


The Downers Grove Artists' Guild is affiliated with the Alliance of Fine Art, and each year a scholarship is granted to a student artist from both Downers Grove North and Downers Grove South high schools.

Our Staff

Friendly, knowledgeable, and experienced, the board and committee chairpersons who volunteer with the DGAG are what truly make a difference to our organization.  Each person brings a distinct set of skills and a desire to serve the needs of our organization.  Our goal is always to ensure that your time spent with us enriches you as an artist or patron.

Exhibitions and Awards

Artists are given an opportunity to sell their work and receive awards when they participate in our exhibitions.  Awards are given in multiple categories. All members are welcome to participate, following the guild guidelines. Several artists receiving top awards are then selected for the prestigious annual Best of the Best exhibition, sponsored by the Alliance of Fine Art.


BOARD (Because we could not hold our election meeting due to Covid-19 all board positions are interim until we can hold a proper election.)

President - Mary Beth Purse

Vice President - none

Secretary - Mary Beth Purse

Treasurer - Pat Mrozcka


Hospitality & Greeting - Ellen Cassini

Exhibitions - Eva Holy

Publications - none

Programs - Nancy Staszak

Membership - Pat Mrozcka

Website and Facebook - 

                     Dorothy Bury Shaw

                     Marybeth Devine

Art DuPage Coordinator - Cherie Denton

AFA Delegate - Carol Kazwick.