Celuch features Louis Sullivan banks at Gogh-Getters Gallery
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Designer/photographer John Celuch is “taking another look at Louis Sullivan”...literally through his camera lens. His photography exhibit at the Gogh Getters Gallery at Sacred Grounds in downtown Edwardsville features images of Midwest banks designed by the famous American architect often called “the father of modern architecture”.
Sullivan is best known for his St. Louis masterpiece, the Wainwright Building, the Guaranty Building in Buffalo, N.Y. and the Transportation Building for the 1893 World’s Fair in Chicago. Sullivan’s most famous pupil was Frank Lloyd Wright, who worked as Adler and Sullivan’s chief draftsman for five years. Wright respectfully referred to Sullivan as “Leiber Meister” and devoted his book Genius and the Mobocracy to his mentor.
The Midwest banks were designed by Sullivan between 1906 and 1920, and represent his mature work. The Owatonna, Minnesota bank is considered to be his finest. The other banks represented include Columbus, Wisconsin; Algona, Grinnell and Cedar Rapids, Iowa; West Lafayette, Indiana; and Newark and Sidney, Ohio.
Celuch was curator of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville’s collection of Sullivan architectural ornament in the mid 1970’s. He began photographing the architect’s buildings as a design student in the 60’s, then as a graduate student in the 70’s when he wrote his master’s thesis on Sullivan’s St. Nicholas Hotel in St. Louis. “Over the years I have traveled to see the banks and I’ve been happy to find them all in use, four still as banks – a tribute to Sullivan’s design genius” says Celuch. “Each of these communities appreciates the fact that they live each day with an architectural masterpiece. In several cases, foundations and boards of directors guarantee the safekeeping of the buildings. I was very impressed with the preservation efforts. I participated in the 100th anniversary celebration of the Sullivan Bank in Newark, Ohio where the community is successfully raising nearly $2 million to restore the former Home Building Association, renaming it The Sullivan Building.
The exhibit features close-up digital photography of the architectural ornament of each building. Every piece in the show is available for sale. The Edwardsville Arts Center Gallery is located at Sacred Grounds, 233 North Main Street and is open 7 days a week from 7:00 am to 11:00 pm. The exhibit runs June 8th through ––––––– h. An opening is scheduled for Friday, June 8th from 7- 9 pm. The public is invited.