Designing History: I.T. Frary
June 3 – July 16, 2011
Presented by Cleveland Artists Foundation at the Beck Center for the Arts
Cleveland Artists Foundation presents this exhibition with the support of the Ohio Historical Society, Western Reserve Historical Society, Cleveland Public Library Special Collections, and the Cincinnati Preservation Association.
Curated by independent scholar and historian and founding editor of the blog Cleveland Area History Christopher Busta-Peck, the exhibition will feature Frary's photographs, sketches, and design work as well as elements of the cultural and architectural history he was so moved to document and preserve.
Lenders to the exhibition include the Ohio Historical Society, Western Reserve Historical Society, Cincinnati Preservation Association, Cleveland State University, Cleveland Public Library, and the Frary Family.
I.T. Frary (1873-1965) was born in Cleveland and attended the Cleveland School of Art (now the Cleveland Institute of Art). He was chief designer at Brooks Household Art Co., and later a designer at Rorimer-Brooks. He also worked at the Cleveland Museum of Art, as Membership and Publicity Secretary. During this time, he wrote and spoke extensively on the architectural heritage of the region. He was on a national advisory board for the Historic American Buildings Survey, and is part of the reason why they were able to locate and document so many significant structures in the area.
Frary exhibited his design sketches with the Cleveland Architectural Club and his other paintings in group shows with members of the Cleveland School, in the 1890s through 1910s. Later, his photographs would be included in major museum exhibitions, including the Thomas Jefferson Bicentennial Exhibition at the National Gallery of Art and The Greek Revival in the United States, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. I.T. Frary is best known as an author and photographer. His works include the classic Early Homes of Ohio, as well as Thomas Jefferson: Architect and Builder, Early American Doorways, They Built the Capitol, and Ohio in Homespun and Calico.
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