Barry McNamara  |   Published September 28, 2022

‘Walk With Me’

Gallery opening for Galesburg artist Basia Krol part of Monmouth College Homecoming events.

MONMOUTH, Ill. – A busy Homecoming weekend at Monmouth College will also include an opening reception for an exhibit by Galesburg painter and ceramic artist Basia Krol.

'WALK WITH ME': Exhibit by Galesburg painter and ceramic artist Basia Krol to open during... 'WALK WITH ME': Exhibit by Galesburg painter and ceramic artist Basia Krol to open during Homecoming weekend.Krol’s “Walk with Me” exhibit opens Sept. 30, and the artist will be on campus that day at 3 p.m. for a reception and gallery talk. Displayed in the College’s Len G. Everett Gallery on the upper level of Hewes Library, Krol’s exhibit is free and open to the public, as are the reception and her talk.

Barbara “Basia” Krol was born and raised in Warsaw, Poland. She studied painting and printmaking at Warsaw Academy of Fine Arts and traveled extensively in Europe to study old masters in all major collections. She earned her master’s degree in studio art in 2000 from Warsaw Academy of Fine Art and had her first solo show in Warsaw.

Two years later, she was awarded a trio of artist-in-residency programs across the United States – in Washington, Georgia and at Studios Midwest, which brought her to Galesburg. She then returned to Warsaw to teach art in international schools.

Krol returned to the United States in 2004 and became involved in the Chicago art scene. She ran painting workshops, taught classes at Hyde Park Art Center and worked on portrait and mural commissions. She had a solo show at the Vanderpoel Museum in Chicago and was also part of a three-person show in the city.

In 2011, Krol returned to Galesburg to raise a family. She has since been involved with the local art community as well as Studios Midwest. She’s had solo shows at Carl Sandburg College and the Galesburg Civic Arts Center and taught art history at Sandburg for two years.

Krol’s artwork is in private collections in Poland, Germany, France, the United Kingdom and the United States. She continues to paint and sculpt, as well as teach painting and drawing through workshops and private lessons, and helps judge juried art shows. In recent years, Krol developed a passion for ceramics and now says she dreams of buying a kiln and sharing the joy of clay with the local community in her garden studio, “while cats wander about and kids play in the tree house.”

Back to News & Events

Did you know?

  • <aside class="factoid-item"><div class="factoid-item-text"><p> Monmouth College is proudly test optional. Applicants may choose whether or to submit SAT or ACT scores for admission and scholarship consideration. </p></div><div class="factoid-item-links"><ul><li class="lw_related_page"><a href="/admission/apply/test-optional/" target="_blank">Test Optional</a></li></ul></div></aside>
  • <aside class="factoid-item"><div class="factoid-item-text"><p> We’re no stranger to winning. Last year the Fighting Scots won Midwest Conference championships in Football, Women’s Soccer, Women’s Basketball and Men’s Track and Field. </p></div><div class="factoid-item-links"><ul><li class="lw_related_urls"><a href="https://monmouthscots.com/" target="_blank">Fighting Scots</a></li></ul></div></aside>
  • <aside class="factoid-item"><div class="factoid-item-text"><p> Monmouth College covers the cost for all current students to get a U.S. passport. Unlock access to over 198 different countries! We’ll even help with the paperwork :)</p></div><div class="factoid-item-links"><ul><li class="lw_related_page"><a href="/academics/study-abroad/" target="_blank">Study Abroad</a></li></ul></div></aside>
  • <aside class="factoid-item"><div class="factoid-item-text"><p> Monmouth College offers unique academic minors in Global Public Health and Global Food Security for students who want to use their education to address global challenges. </p></div><div class="factoid-item-links"><ul><li class="lw_related_page"><a href="/academics/global-public-health/" target="_blank">Global Public Health</a></li><li class="lw_related_page"><a href="/academics/global-food-security/" target="_blank">Global Food Security</a></li></ul></div></aside>
  • <aside class="factoid-item"><div class="factoid-item-text"><p> Monmouth College has an active Pipe & Drum Band. Each year on Scholar’s Day in April the bagpipers wake students up at 6:00 a.m. by playing in the residence halls!</p></div><div class="factoid-item-links"><ul><li class="lw_related_page"><a href="/academics/music/pipe-band/" target="_blank">Pipe Band</a></li></ul></div></aside>
  • <aside class="factoid-item"><div class="factoid-item-text"><p> We offer a certified Peace Corps Preparation program that gives Peace Corps bound graduates a leg up in the application process.</p></div><div class="factoid-item-links"><ul><li class="lw_related_page"><a href="/academics/peace-corps-prep/" target="_blank">Peace Corps Prep</a></li></ul></div></aside>
  • <aside class="factoid-item"><div class="factoid-item-text"><p> Monmouth College has an educational garden and 6.7 acre farm. Students grow and harvest fruits and vegetables to sell at the local farmer’s market. </p></div><div class="factoid-item-links"><ul><li class="lw_related_urls"><a href="https://monmouthcollege.edu/academics/only-at-monmouth/educational-garden-farm/" target="_blank">Garden & Farm</a></li></ul></div></aside>
  • <aside class="factoid-item"><div class="factoid-item-text"><p> 98% of Monmouth graduates were employed or enrolled in graduate school within six months of graduation.</p></div><div class="factoid-item-links"><ul><li class="lw_related_page"><a href="/wackerle-center/career-services/" target="_blank">Career Preparation</a></li></ul></div></aside>
  • <aside class="factoid-item"><div class="factoid-item-text"><p><strong>Monmouth College is the birthplace of the women’s fraternity movement. Pi Beta Phi, the first such collegiate women’s organization, was founded at Monmouth in 1867. It was followed three years later by Kappa Kappa Gamma. The two pioneering organizations today boast a total of 275 active chapters nationwide.</strong></p></div><div class="factoid-item-links"><ul><li class="lw_related_page"><a href="/student-life/sororities-fraternities/" target="_blank">Sororities & Fraternities</a></li></ul></div></aside>
  • <aside class="factoid-item"><div class="factoid-item-text"><p> Monmouth College offers several international trips each year during 2-week Scots Terms in January and May. Recently students have traveled to Botswana, Greece, Scotland, Japan, and more. </p></div><div class="factoid-item-links"><ul><li class="lw_related_urls"><a href="https://monmouthcollege.edu/offices/global-engagement/" target="_blank">Scots Term</a></li></ul></div></aside>
  • <aside class="factoid-item"><div class="factoid-item-text"><p> 99% of Monmouth students received some type of scholarship or financial assistance.</p></div><div class="factoid-item-links"><ul><li class="lw_related_page"><a href="/offices/student-financial-planning/types-of-aid/scholarships/" target="_blank">Scholarships</a></li></ul></div></aside>