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Richard H. Eisenhart photo album of the M. Herbert Eisenhart Memorial tapestry

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: RITArt-0078

Scope and Contents

The Richard M. Eisenhart photo album of the M. Herbert Eisenhart Memorial tapestry contains a copy of the Dedication program held on January 12, 1977 at the Eisenhart Auditorium in the Rochester Museum and Science Center where the tapestry was installed. There is a biography about the artist, Donald G. Bujnowski which also gives details about the tapestry. Following that are 12 pages of 8 x 10 inch photographs, four color images of the tapestry hanging on the wall, and eight more images of Mr. Bujnowski working on the tapestry, members of the Eisenhart family posing in front of the tapestry and speakers at the dedication.


  • Creation: 1975-1977

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open to researchers.

Biographical Information: Donald G. Bujnowski

Artist-craftsman Donald G. Bujnowski was commissioned to create a tapestry late in 1975 after he and five other artists had submitted proposals for the auditorium wall at the Rochester Museum and Science Center. Funds for the work were made available through a memorial fund contributed to by family and friends of M. Herbert Eisenhart.

Bujnowski, the grandson of Polish immigrants, is an alumnus and faculty member of Rochester Institute of Technology's School for American Craftsmen. He began his work on the tapestry by drawing a full-scale cartoon of the tapestry and color coded areas of the design. To accommodate the gigantic project, he was forced to transform the interior of a livestock barn on his property in Lima, NY into a weaving studio. A special loom was constructed by the artist of telephone poles and steel uprights to manage the tapestry which when completed weighed over 600 pounds. All of the wool was hand dyed by the artist into 182 different shades.

Bujnowski used four classic weaving techniques--rya, loop, flat, and soumack--to produce an enchanting textured surface. Helped in the weaving by his wife Patricia and four apprentices, Bujnowski said he drew his initial inspiration for the work from observations of trees outside the many windows in his farmhouse.

The tapestry's name, Lesna Fantasja, is Polish for forest fantasy and was given to the work by the artist after the tapestry was completed.


0.25 Linear Feet (1 photo album in flat box)




Richard M. Eisenhart photo album of the M. Herbert Eisenhart Memorial tapestry contains 12 color and black-and-white 8 x 10 inch photographs documenting the creation of Lesna Fantasja, a tapestry by Donald G. Bujnowski. There is also a program from the dedication on January 12, 1977, and a writing about the artist.


The collection is a single album.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The photo album was donated to the RIT Archives by Richard H. Eisenhart.

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Processing Information

Finding aid created by Jody Sidlauskas in March 2014.

Richard M. Eisenhart photo album of the M. Herbert Eisenhart Memorial tapestry
RIT Art Collection
Jody Sidlauskas
10 March 2014
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Repository Details

Part of the RIT Archives Repository

Rochester NY 14623 USA