Donald Bujnowski tapestries

RIT Art Collection

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Collection Overview
Biographical Information for Donald Bujnowski
Scope and Content
Subject Headings
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Donald Bujnowski tapestries
Bujnowski, Donald, 1933-2007
Inclusive Date(s)
circa 1970-1982
Donald Bujnowski tapestries contains 4 pieces: 1 wall hanging, 1 3-leaf clover motif, 1 pine trees motif, and 1 set of handwoven tapestries.
4.0 Item(s)
Dimensions note
Approximate sizes of pieces vary from 22 x 21 inches to 28 x 8 feet.
C.S. North, Shelf 73
RIT Art Collection
RIT Archive Collections
RIT Libraries
Wallace Center
90 Lomb Memorial Drive
Rochester, New York, 14623
(585) 475-2557

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Donald Bujnowski graduated from the School for American Craftsmen (SAC) at RIT in 1953. After graduating, he worked for famed textile designer Dorothy Liebes and as a textile designer and stylist at Gloversville Knitting Mills. He continued his schooling and earned a Bachelor's in education from the State University College at Buffalo and taught there for two years before earning his Master's in education from the University of Minnesota. In 1961, he returned to SAC to teach textile design and weaving. Bujnowski exhibited his work widely and his textiles and silks were in high demand from interior designers, fabric dealers, and fashion designers.

Bujnowski's career at RIT lasted 36 years; he retired in 1997 as Chair of the School for American Craftsmen. Donald Bujnowski died in January 2007 at age 73.

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Donald Bujnowski tapestries contains 4 wall hangings:

  1. Untitled wall hanging, brown tones: 84 x 36 inches
  2. Untitled 3-leaf clover motif: 58 x 58 inches
  3. Untitled pine tree motif: 22 x 21 inches
  4. Handwoven multicolor tapestries (reredos), set of 6, 28 x 8 feet each

The reredos were made in 1970 as three School for American Craftsmen faculty were commissioned by the RIT Women's Council to create furnishings used to transform Ingle Auditorium into a place of worship each weekend. William Keyser, Donald Bujnowski, and Christensen contributed to this effort. These furnishings are now part of the Schmitt Interfaith Center.

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Arrangement (Collapse)

Tapestries are stored individually.

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Subject Headings (Collapse)

Personal Name(s)

  • Bujnowski, Donald, 1933-2007

Corporate Name(s)

  • Rochester Institute of Technology -- Art collections.
  • Rochester Institute of Technology -- Faculty.
  • Rochester Institute of Technology. School for American Craftsmen.


  • Art in universities and colleges -- New York (State) -- Rochester
  • Fiberwork -- New York (State) -- Rochester -- 20th century
  • Weaving in art


  • Tapestries

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Preferred Citation

Donald Bujnowski tapestries, RIT Art Collection

Restrictions on Access

This collection is open to researchers.

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Collection ID


Processing Information

Finding aid created by Amy Vilz in August 2011.

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Bibliography (Collapse)

Donald Bujnowski at Art on Campus, Rochester Institute of Technology.

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