Public Collections

My Father's Many Mansions

Works in and Around Chicago

Please note: Roger Brown is represented in the collection of the Art Institute of Chicago; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; the David and Alfred Smart Museum at the University of Chicago; the Chicago History Museum; and the Mary and Leigh Block Gallery at Northwestern University. Because works are on view intermittently at these locations, they are not listed in this directory.

Public Murals

Arts and Sciences of the Ancient World: the Flight of Daedalus and Icarus 
Arts and Sciences of the Modern World: LaSalle Corridor with Holding Pattern

120 N. LaSalle St., Chicago, IL, exterior building entry and lobby 312.345.4850

Lobby Hours: Monday through Friday, 7:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m. Saturday, 7:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

City of Big Shoulders

Mural commissioned by The Equitable for the NBC building, Cityfront Center, Chicago NBC Tower 455 N. Columbus Dr., Chicago, IL, west entrance lobby 312.222.9611

Lobby Hours: Monday through Friday, 7:00 a.m.–6:30 p.m. Saturday, 8:00 a.m.–1:30 p.m. Sunday, closed

Hull House,Cook County, Howard Brown: A Tradition of Helping, 1997, Italian glass mosaic, 10'x 27'

Howard Brown Health Center 4025 N. Sheridan Rd., Chicago, IL, lobby John Weekly: 773.388.8795

Monday through Thursday, 9:00 a.m.–9:00 p.m. Friday, 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

"This mosaic represents some of the institutions that offer compassion and aid to the many ethnic, economic and minority groups in the city. Jane Addams started Hull House to aid the influx of European immigrants during the 19th century. Cook County Hospital offers needed medical aid to the poor and outcast. Howard Brown offers health care and treatment to the gay and lesbian community, who historically found fear and shame in seeking medical help."—Roger Brown, 1996


Paintings and Prints

American Buffalo—An Imaginary View of Chicago the Prairie, 1982, oil on canvas, 82" x 120"

State of Illinois Building/Thompson Center 160 N. LaSalle St., Chicago, IL, fourth floor at the exit elevator Peg Foley: 312.814.6660 (office directory)

Hours: Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.

Snake Charmer, 1990, oil on canvas, 72" x 48"

Harold Washington Public Library 400 S. State St., Chicago, IL, second floor mezzanine 312.791.7500

Hours: Monday through Thursday, 9:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m. Friday through Saturday, 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. Sunday, 1:00–5:00 p.m.

My Father's Many Mansions, 1991, oil on canvas, 82" x 144"

McCormick Place
2301 S. Lake Shore Dr., Chicago, IL, 1st floor by Gate 2 Joel Strauss, 773.769.1166 or Paula Riggins, 312.256-8051 or

Visiting guidelines:
Because McCormick Place is a conference center and hosts many events, call ahead for entry into building.

A Sunday Afternoon at the Grand Slam, 1972, oil on canvas, 45" x 78"

Cole Taylor Bank (previously Main Bank of Chicago) 350 E. Dundee Rd., Wheeling, IL, 1st floor lobby Carolyn Carramusa, Administrative Officer: 847.808.6873

Monday through Thursday, 8:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m. Friday, 8:30 a.m.–6:00 p.m. Saturday, 8:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m. Call ahead for larger groups.

Public Building, 1969, Acrylic on canvas

William Rainey Harper College 1200 W. Algonquin, Palatine, IL, Liberal Arts conference room 847.925.6336

Visiting guidelines:
Call ahead for hours and to confirm display and location status.


See Seven Cities, 1971, oil on canvas, 47 1/2” x 59 1/4"
Performance, 1971, oil on canvas, 48" x 60" 
Sinking, 1977, Etching and aquatint 
Standing While All Around Are Sinking, 1977, Etching and aquatint 

A.C. Buehler Library Elmhurst College, 190 Prospect Dr., Elmhurst, IL, main floor 630.617.3173

Hours: Monday through Thursday, 8:00 a.m.–12:00 a.m. Friday through Saturday, 8:00 a.m.–9:00 p.m. Sunday, 12:00 p.m.–12:00 a.m. Hours may vary with school holidays. Call for confirmation.

Elmhurst College Art Collection continues to build its outstanding collection of Chicago Imagist art. It’s a “must see” for anyone interested in the genre, and it can be seen online here.


Roger Brown Works in Public Collections
Ahmanson Commercial Development Co., Chicago
Akron Museum of Art, Akron, Ohio
American Telephone and Telegraph, NY
Asheville Museum of Art, NC
Art Center, South Bend, IN
Art Institute of Chicago
Atlantic Richfield Company, San Francisco
BankOne, Chicago
Bank Of America, Wilmington, DE
Ball State University, Muncie, IN
Bard College, NY
Birmingham Art Museum, Alabama
Blue Cross of Southern California
Brauer Museum of Art, Valparaiso University, Valparaiso, IN
Butler Museum of American Art, Youngstown, OH
Cantor Center for the Visual Arts at Stanford University
Castellani Art Museum of Niagara University, NY
Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, IA
Chicago History Museum 
Cole Taylor Bank, Chicago
Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, GA
Continental Bank, Amsterdam
Continental Bank of America, Wilmington, DE
Dallas Museum of Fine Arts, Dallas, TX
Dayton Art Institute, Dayton, OH
Elmhurst College Art Collection of Imagist, Formalist and Expressionist Art, IL
Equitable Corporation, NBC Tower, Chicago
Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia
Federal Reserve Bank, Birmingham, AL
Federal Reserve Board, Washington, D.C.
Foley Square Federal Building, NY
Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art, The University of Oklahoma
Frederick r. Weisman Art Foundation, Los Angeles
Greenville County Museum of Art, Greenville, SC
Harold Washington Public Library, City of Chicago
High Museum of Art, Atlanta
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, S.C. 
Howard Brown Health Center, Chicago
Indianapolis Museum of Art, IN
John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, WI
JP Morgan Chase Art Collection, New York
JP Morgan Chase Art Collection, Chicago
Jule Collins Smith Museum, Auburn University, Auburn, AL
Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, MI
Kemper Insurance Corporate Collection
Los Angeles County Museum
Lowe Art Museum, Coral Gables, FL
McCormick Place Convention Center, Chicago
Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, Madison, WI
Main Bank, Chicago
Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY
Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, TN
Midwest Museum of American Art, Elkhart, IN
Milwaukee Art Museum, WI
Mobile Museum of Art, AL
Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, AL
Morris Art Museum, Augusta, GA
Museum Boymans, Rotterdam
Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago
Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami
Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Museum of Modern Art, NY
Museum Moderner Kunst / Museum des 20. Jahrhunderts, Vienna
National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC
Nelson Atkins Museum of Fine Art, Kansas City, MO
North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh
Northern Illinois University Student Association Art Collection, DeKalb, IL
Northern Trust Bank, Chicago
Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach, FL
Ogden Museum of Southern Art, University of New Orleans, Louisiana
Opelika, Alabama City Collection
Playboy Collection, Chicago
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia
Phoenix Art Museum
Prudential Insurance Company, NJ
Portland Museum of Art, OR
Rockford Art Museum, IL
School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh
Smart Museum of Art, The University of Chicago
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC
South Bend Regional Museum of Art, IN
State of Illinois Collection, Thompson Center, Chicago
United Bank of Denver, CO
Union League Club, Chicago
University Club of Chicago
Vassar College, Francis Lerner Loeb Center for the Arts, Poughkeepsie, NY
Victory Gardens Theatre, Chicago 
Virginia Museum of Fine Art, Richmond
Weatherspoon Gallery, University of North Carolina, Greensboro
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
William Rainey Harper College, Palatine, IL