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• April 12, 2014 – Larry Zgoda Donates Edgar Miller Stained Glass Drawings To OAD Archives

Larry Zgoda recently donated his collection of original stained glass working drawings by renowned Chicago artist, Edgar Miller, to the Organic Architecture & Design (OAD) Archives.

Eric O’Malley of OAD accepted the collection on April 12, 2014, and hopes to keep them with the organization’s vast collection of historically significant documents.

Larry Zgoda became a friend of Edgar Miller in the early 1980’s, when the artist, in his 80’s, began working in stained glass after many years away from Chicago. They worked together in the traditional artist/studio relationship on approximately 25 stained glass projects between 1984 and 1991. The projects were sometimes, tiny, as in the Angel for Jo Mead or ambitious as in The World for the John S. Van Bergen designed, 1926, Humer Building. Edgar Miller passed away in 1993.

A part of Miller’s artistic legacy is contained in several unique properties on Chicago’s north side; multi-unit complexes of artist studios containing much art, ornament and architectural flare. The profusely illustrated book, Edgar Miller and the Handmade Home was published in 2009.

The Organic Architecture & Design Archive was recently created by Eric O’Malley, Randolph C. Henning and William Blair Scott, Jr. for the purpose of preserving the archives of significant architects and designers with a focus on organic design. They also publish a journal dedicated to the same cause. Larry Zgoda was pleased to find an organization which would accept and preserve these unique documents.

Images can be seen at the OAD Archives Flickr.com page by following this link.