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Frank Lloyd Wright Window Returns to Greenville

Frank Lloyd Wright Window Returns to Greenville

On April 12, the Richard W. Bock Sculpture Museum at Greenville College will unveil a stained glass window designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. The window has appeared in museums and galleries throughout the country since 2000 while on loan from the college. The public is invited to commemorate the window's return to the collection at the Bock Museum from 4 to 6 p.m.

Frank Lloyd Wright, America's most famous architect, was also a prolific stained glass designer who incorporated intricate window designs in most of his buildings. The sumac plant, which grows wild in the Midwest, served as inspiration for the window pattern. The Sumac Window to be displayed in Greenville was the highlight of a traveling exhibition, "Light Screens: The Leaded Glass of Frank Lloyd Wright," and was featured in venues such as the Renwick Gallery, a branch of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, in Washington, D.C., and the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, Ga.

The window was included in the collection originally donated to Greenville College in the early 1970s by sculptor Richard W. Bock's family through the connection of former art history professor Dr. Donald Hallmark. For over ten years beginning in 1901, Bock worked almost exclusively as a sculptor with Wright. One can only speculate as to how Bock came to possess the Wright window. It was likely traded to Bock or used as payment. The Sumac Window, fabricated by the Linden Glass Company in Chicago, Ill., is identical to windows in the Dana-Thomas House in Springfield, Ill., which was constructed from 1902 to 1904.

Representatives from Greenville College and the Greenville Tourism Committee will be present at the unveiling. For more information, contact Dr. Sharon Grimes at 618-664-6521.

This story was published on April 04, 2012

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