FIRST TUESDAY ART SALON
widely respected and admired glass muralist, fabricator and monument
Artist. A progressive re-purposer of stained and
colored glass works for public spaces and private installations.
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to contribute $7 to $30 on a "sliding scale"
basis. The event fee supports Art Lab programming.
RESUME: LARRY ZGODA
NOTABLE PROJECTS, ACHIEVEMENTS &
2010 Organized and curated
“Artifacts & Ideas for a Nature Inspired Architecture” at CMS
Gallery, with guest, California artist, James Hubbell and
seven other artists. Commission for the chapel of Via Christi
Health, Wichita, KS. Work placed in The Smith Museum of
Stained Glass, Navy Pier, Chicago.
2008 “Archetype & Invention”,
first ever, major gallery exhibition of works including
stained glass, mosaics, metals and assorted architectural
vignettes; at CMS Gallery; venue shared by John Hatlestad,
Illinois sculptor and furniture artist. Wrote “A Renaissance
of Ornament in Architecture”, published by Friends of
Kebyar in the Art and Architecture issue. This essay was
reprinted by Glass Art, Sept/Oct, 2009.
2005 Stained glass windows,
University of Denver, Graduate School of Social Work, Denver,
CO. Chapel entry, St. Joseph Home, Chicago, IL.
2001 Collage tile & mosaic floors
and stained glass (seven multi-unit buildings), Renaissance
Realty & Construction Co., Evanston, IL.
2002 Five entries, doors and
sidelights, Sacred Heart of Jesus Chapel, Our Lady of Victory
Convent, Lemont, IL.
Ornamental stained glass, Main entry, Huron Public Library,
2002 Compiled a digital catalog
of over two thousand images of art by Edgar Miller with
architect, P.K. VanderBeke with a grant from the Graham
Foundation; currently housed in the Ryerson Library of the Art
Institute of Chicago.
2000 Ten windows and chapel
entry, Our Lady of the Angels Chapel, Marian Village
Retirement Community, Homer Glen, IL. Wall of Glass, Reception
desk, Woodfin Suites, Emeryville, CA.
1998 Arc Doors, Jewish
Reconstructionist Congregation Temple, Evanston, IL.
1997 Lighted glass wall,
Reception area, TCF Tower, Minneapolis, MN.
1995 Stained glass entry,
Clearing Branch, Chicago Public Library, Chicago, IL.
1993 Clerestory panels, Dining
facility, American Family Insurance Company,
Madison, WI. Lighted glass panel, Health Science Center,
University of Texas, Houston, TX.
1991 Glass panels for interior
environment, American Association of Retired Persons,
1990 Stained glass entry,
Children’s reading room, Logan Square Branch,
Chicago Public Library, Chicago, IL.
Pre-1990 Resume Project & Commission
details available on request. -- Art Lab editor's selected
pre-1990 achievements and activity:
1984-1993 Work & friendship with celebrated, Chicago
artist, Edgar Miller (1899-1993). Fabrication of at
least 26 Miller stained glass projects. Research and
photography of hundreds of Edgar Miller artworks. Essays
published in 1987, 2006, '08, '09, and '11
1978 Opened Larry Zgoda Studio.
1972 Columbia College Chicago, BA
with a major in film making and a minor in stained glass
Works published in the following books:
-- PERSPECTIVES ON DESIGN
CHICAGO, Panache Partners, 2010.
BUILT FOR LEARNING, A Unified
Architectural Vision for the University of Denver,
-- THE ARTFUL HOME, Toni Sikes,
House Beautiful’s GLASS HOUSE, C. J. Petersen, 2006.
-- OBJECT LESSONS, Original Art
From Guild Artists, 2001.
-- MADE IN ILLINOIS, an Artisan
-- BEAUTIFUL THINGS, Original Art
From the Artists of GUILD.com, 2000.
THE ART OF STAINED GLASS,
Designs From 21 Top Glass Artists, Chris Petersen, 1998.
-- CONTEMPORARY CRAFTS
FOR THE HOME, Bill Krause, 1990.
Larry Zgoda creates original art in
stained glass. “Much of my art has resulted from a
willingness to explore possibilities within the parameters
of the stained/leaded glass format”. This exploration has
led to many conceptual and technical breakthroughs.
For over thirty years, Zgoda has explored a collection of
materials and original techniques with which to articulate
his creative inclinations. These include: beveled wire and
flashed glasses, crown glass, and Clovis Glass, a
treatment in which the separate glass pieces have a
scalloped edge. Finding the availability of high quality
stained glass jewels inadequate, he imports cut-polished,
faceted crystals for his exclusive use.
As early as 1980, he pioneered experimental works with
little or no color – Stainless Glass. In 1993, he began
creating architecturally inspired, stained glass
sculptures called Architonomous Art Glass. In 2000, the
new millennium found ornamental, forged steel (wrought
iron) armatures being used for their archaic beauty.
Today, he repurposes recycled hot-glass materials to
expand his pallet of colors and textures. The potential of
these materials and techniques, focused by Zgoda’s energy
and imagination, is immense!
Larry Zgoda views stained glass as an architectural and
ornamental art. His designs are wed to the line, pattern,
and color of the environments for which they are intended.
“An important thing about ornament is it’s being an
extension of the pattern of the architecture while adding
something extra. This something extra is the intuitive
quality of composition. It has traits of beauty, vitality
and the mystery of invention”.
The compositions are often a confluence of the geometric
lines of architecture and the sinuous, organic lines of
nature. “My designs are generally simple and
straightforward while still revealing subtle
complexities”. The juxtaposition of glasses with different
optical qualities makes visually exciting works. “Genuine
and permanent beauty in the built environment” is an
original mantra which advocates beauty as a measure of
value in human works both present and past.
Zgoda anticipates a renaissance of ornamental in
architecture. Evidence of the germinating seed of this
rebirth lies in the fabric of the contemporary
architectural milieu. Where once buildings were boxy,
regimented and predictable, today, they have many detailed
facets inviting ornamental treatment. Whether an art glass
window in a nook, a carved fireplace mantel or an
ornamental limestone lintel, opportunity abounds in
today’s architecture for the artist to make a visual
All photos on this page provided by
Larry Zgoda. -- 2011, All Rights Reserved, Larry Zgoda.
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