Henry Keck, born in Germany in 1873, is best known for his reputation as an accomplished stained glass designer, lending his artistic vision to residential windows and Gothic revival churches across the country. His beginnings in stained glass were as an apprentice with Louis Comfort Tiffany, but he went on to open his own stained glass business in Syracuse in 1913. The pieces on display in this exhibit are from the era of Keck’s own company, which produced windows until it closed in 1974.
Keck’s designs exhibit a distinct Arts and Crafts style that set them apart from traditional stained glass. This made him a perfect fit for 1913 Syracuse, where furniture designer Gustav Stickley and architect Ward Wellington Ward’s influence had solidified the city as the center of the American Arts and Crafts movement. In fact, from 1913 onward, Ward would only use Keck’s glass in his Syracuse houses.
The Colors of Keck is a snapshot of Keck’s studio and process, showcasing everything from sketching materials to stunning final pieces. Syracuse history buffs may even recognize some of the designs from historical pictures of local churches, like Our Lady of Solace Roman Catholic Church, West Genesee Street Methodist Church, and St. Paul’s Cathedral.
Come see the dazzling colors and masterful craftsmanship of Keck in our second floor gallery, on display until June 2022!
A special thank you to the Richard Mather Fund for helping to make this exhibit possible, to the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation for supporting our collection, and to WRVO for their promotion of the exhibit.