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 Charles Holloway  (1859 - 1941)

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Lived/Active: Illinois/California      Known for: mural, cartoon, genre, landscape

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The following information was submitted by Sharon Theobald:

Holloway was born in 1859 in Philadelphia and moved to St.Louis early in his life where he was first known both as an artist and teacher.  He continued his work, serving as a student and night school assistant to Carl Gutherz at the St. Louis School of Art in the early 1880's amd may have accompanied Gutherz to Paris where both studied and worked in the mid 1880's.

In 1888, Holloway returned to the United States and won a competition in Chicago to paint the mural on the proscenium arch of the new Auditorium Theature built by Louis Sullivan Dankmar Adler.  He received many other commissions in Chicago including the 1892 design for a symbol that would represent Chicago's energy and spirit, the "I Will" logo that appeared widely during the Columbia Exposition.

With living in Chicago, Holloway was a colleague of the literati including George Ade and John T. Mc Cutcheon and he was selected to execute a large mural for the proscenium arch of Chicago's Steinway Hall (1897) and another for the U.S. District Court in Milwaukee (1898) and a third for the Court House in Upper Sandusky, Ohio (1898).

Holloway was a member of the Muralist Painters and exhibited at the Paris Exposition in 1900, where he was awarded the Gold Medal for Achievement in the execution of decorative painting and stained glass designs.

His major contribution was the mural, painting and stained glass commission for the Allen County Courthouse in Fort Wayne, Indiana.  Following the completion of that project, he went forward to work with Frank Lloyd Wright in 1902, designing the stained glass at the reconstruction of the Laboratory Building of the Keeley Institute in Dwight, Illinois.  In 1907, he was again hired by the W.H. Anderson Company to execute major murals in the South Dakota State Capitol in Pierre, South Dakota. Other murals include those painted for the Peoria, Illinois City Building.

In 1911, Holloway returned to the Allen County Courthose to undertake the retouching and repair of the Rotunda Murals, which had had begun to fade in the sunlight that streamed in through the dome's stained glass ceiling.  At that time, he was engaged to undertake a large commission to paint murals for the Studebaker Company in South Bend, Indiana which today is part of the school corporation's administrative building.

Charles Holloway also created murals for the Court of Palms at the Panama-Pacific Exposition, held in San Francisco in 1915.

After decades of distinguished work as a noted mural painter, Holloway died on January 28, 1941 in Chicago.  His murals, decorative paintings and stained glass have been recently restored by the Allen County Courthouse Preservation Trust.

Reference Source: Hawfield, Michael and Michael Westfall. The Allen County Courthouse:
A National Treasure Restored.

These Notes from AskART represent the beginning of a possible future biography for this artist. Please click here if you wish to help in its development:
Born in Philadelphia, PA on June 15, 1859. Holloway was active in San Francisco during 1914-15 as a muralist for the PPIE. By 1920 he was working in Los Angeles.
Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940"
American Art Annual 1917; Art in California (R. L. Bernier, 1916), p. 131; Census.
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