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From: Barbara Krueger <>
List Editor: Betty MacDowell <macdowe3@MSU.EDU>
Editor's Subject: Kinsella Studio Chicago
Author's Subject: Kinsella Studio Chicago
Date Written: Tue, 17 Apr 2007 12:45:19 EDT
Date Posted: Wed, 17 Apr 2007 19:34:35 -0400
This article was "discovered" by Maria Serpentino from Serpentino Stained
Glass in Needham, MA. There are several older churches in Michigan with
stained glass by the Kinsella firm. John Kinsella was from the
Lockport, Illinois area (southwest of Chicago) as the article

Exhibit honors Lockport artist

"Historian David V. Wendell of Bolingbrook will deliver the keynote
address in opening ceremonies for the dedication of a new exhibit
honoring internationally renowned Lockport stained glass artist John
J. Kinsella.

The exhibition, titled "Cathedrals of Color: The Stained Glass of John J.
Kinsella Studios," will open to the public during a special sneak preview at 7
p.m Thursday April 19, 2007, in Community Hall of the DesPlaines
Valley Public Library, 121 East 8th St., Lockport.

The stained glass of local artist John J. Kinsella, such as the one
above, will be on exhibit beginning Thursday at the Des Plaines

Kinsella was raised on a farm between Lockport and Joliet, and at the age of
21, established his own studios in Chicago's Little Italy neighborhood. He
helped to pioneer the "Favrile" style of glass invented by John LaFarge and
L.C. Tiffany and his works, considered equal to the great masters' landmarks,
decorate many Chicago and southwest suburbs' cathedrals.

More than 200 images depicting stories of the Old and New Testaments
are seen in the photographic essay that chronicles Kinsella Studios'
most outstanding and award winning glass canvasses. Among these are
The Memorial Window at St. Dennis Catholic Church in Lockport, God's
Promise at St. John Berchmanns in Logan Square, and the world famous
Lancet Windows of St. James Chapel in Chicago.

The St. James windows alone required six years to be installed and
are composed of fifteen individual lancets that stand nine feet wide
by forty feet tall. The early 20th century hand painted masterpieces
replicate those at St. Chappelle, the Reliquary in Paris which holds
the crown of thorns worn by Jesus at the cross.

Wendell has spent more than a year researching Kinsella and his
studio's legacy. After discovering the firm's prolific artwork was
largely forgotten, he began photographing both the imposing, and the
more intimate, details that characterized the company's inimitable

"Cathedrals of Color" will remain on display through Memorial Day weekend.
The lecture and admission to the exhibit is free."

Barbara Krueger
Michigan Stained Glass Census


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