Sullivan baluster goes Kiev, Ukraine

A piece of the Sullivan collection from SIUE was sent to Kiev, Ukraine this summer. It was sent as part of the Art in Embassies program. The program sends art overseas at the request of the U.S. State Department.

The U.S. ambassador to Ukraine thanks SIUE for the art loan.

The Art in Embassies program is designed to take American art and place it in embassies and ambassador’s residences across the globe. It is a way to showcase the variety and styles of art in America.

There is a curatoral staff that puts together pieces based on different themes. The theme generally echoes through the different embassies.

The piece sent to Kiev is a baluster from the Chicago Stock Exchange. It is a design by Louis Sullivan. SIUE’s campus contains the largest collection of artifacts designed and created by Sullivan.

There is a twin baluster on display on the second floor of Lovejoy Library. It is part of a larger display spread throughout the library.

The embassy sent a letter to SIUE for allowing the piece to become part of the decor of the Ambassador’s residence.

Jerry Fahey, exhibits designer for SIUE University museum, finishes packing the art for Kiev, Ukraine

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