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May 3
featuring Larry Zgoda,
a 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.

An event fee of $10 supports this important Art Lab program. NOTE: Persons attending are to contribute $7 to $30 on a "sliding scale" basis. The event fee supports Art Lab programming.


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, Huron, OH.

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, Washington, DC.

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 (independent study).

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, 2007.
House Beautiful’s GLASS HOUSE, C. J. Petersen, 2006.
-- OBJECT LESSONS, Original Art From Guild Artists, 2001.
-- MADE IN ILLINOIS, an Artisan Gallery, 2001.
-- 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.
S 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 statement.


All photos on this page provided by Larry Zgoda. -- 2011, All Rights Reserved, Larry Zgoda.


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