The Charles J. Connick Stained Glass Foundation
presents the
Orin E. Skinner Annual Lecture

Charles J. Connick (1875-1945):
America's Greatest Stained Glass Artist

An illustrated lecture by
Peter Cormack F.S.A.


Old Boston Stump
Daniel L. Marsh Chapel
Boston University

Wednesday November 15, 2006 at 6:30 pm
Daniel L. Marsh Chapel, Boston University
735 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston

The lecture is free and open to the public.
A reception to follow the lecture.

Charles Connick devoted his lifetime persuading people that stained glass could be as potent a cultural and spiritual experience in 20thcentury America as it had been in medieval Europe. This illustrated lecture will examine the formative impact on Connick's work of the Arts & Crafts Movement, of inter-war Modernism, and of the Modern Gothic architecture of Ralph Adams Cram and his school. Firmly committed to a regenerated handicraft tradition, Connick welcomed innovation and experimentation in design and technique among his co-workers. His Harcourt Street workshop, founded in 1912, flourished for more than seventy years, finally closing in 1986. In churches and other buildings throughout the U.S.A., Connick articulated a new and lively vocabulary of the ancient craft of stained glass, synthesizing modern expression and the best historic traditions.

PETER CORMACK is Keeper of the William Morris Gallery in London, where he has curated numerous exhibitions on Morris and the Arts & Crafts Movement. He has written and lectured extensively on 19th- and 20th-century stained glass and was for ten years Co-Editor of The Journal of Stained Glass. His 1999 book The Stained Glass Work of Christopher Whall (1849-1924) was co-published by Boston Public Library and the Connick Foundation. He is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London (and Hon. Curator of the Society's collections at Kelmscott Manor), Honorary Fellow of the British Society of Master Glass Painters and Honorary Director on the Board of the Charles J. Connick Stained Glass Foundation