Louis Grell Foundation

"Showcasing the Legacy of Artist Louis Frederick Grell"

Purple Cow murals DISCOVERY

Category : News · No Comments May 11, 2018
Purple Cow murals DISCOVERY

Again, another late night research discovery this time involving the Purple Cow murals.  Beginning in June 1942, the Durant Hotel…

NEW DISCOVERY – Rotary Club of Chicago mural

Category : News · No Comments May 1, 2018
NEW DISCOVERY – Rotary Club of Chicago mural

Discovered by researchers hidden deep inside the Rotary Number One club’s online archives late Friday night April 20, 2018.  An…

Three Muses for sale May 23 at Susanin’s

Category : Events, News · No Comments April 28, 2018
Three Muses for sale May 23 at Susanin’s

Three Muses, a large signed Louis Grell oil from 1934 will be auctioned at Susanin’s on May 23, 2018 It…

St. Mark’s 150 anniversary celebration

Category : Events, News · No Comments April 28, 2018
St. Mark’s 150 anniversary celebration

Congratulations on 150 years! Come and visit us at St. Marks and see the newly restored mural originally installed in…

“Taste of Polonia” festival Labor Day weekend 2016

Category : Events, News · No Comments December 16, 2016

Held at the old Gateway Theatre (1930), now the Copernicus Center and around Jefferson Township, the 36th annual celebration featured a display of photos of the old murals painted by Grell in the lobby and grand foyer.


St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, Geneva, IL – Sept. 13 at noon

Category : News · No Comments August 23, 2016

Come high noon on September 13, 2016, the Geneva History Museum will be hosting the first ‘Brown Bag’ luncheon of the season at St. Mark’s church.  The history behind the 1919 signed Louis Grell mural will be the general topic of discussion presented by parishioners and museum volunteers Ron and Margy Walkington.

Please visit www.GenevaHistoryMuseum.org or call 630-232-4951 for more information.

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KETC St. Louis PBS Special

Category : News · No Comments November 25, 2015

Please enjoy this wonderfully produced special on Louis Grell, the St. Louis Union Station art show and conservation work done by St. Louis artist and conservator Irek Szelag on Commerce on the Landing now hanging inside Union Station’s Grand Hall in downtown St. Louis.


St. Louis Union Station Art Exhibit & Mural Unveiling

Category : Events, News · No Comments September 23, 2015



St. Louis Union Station Grell:Szelag Art Exhibit

See some St. Louis local TV news coverage of event =


*The mural unveiling will be held the morning of October 29th.  Please confirm with Union Station management.


Grell Portrait auction August 19 at 10:00 am Chicago

Category : Events, News · No Comments August 5, 2015

This fine portrait of a man and his son (possibly former Illinois Governor Jim Thompson) is going up for auction at Treadway Toomey in Chicago on August 19, 2015 beginning at 10:00 am CST (Chicago) time. Lot #1558.  From Illinois Governor Jim Thompson collection.

Louis Grell oil on board two boys

We believe this to possibly be a young Jim Thompson and his father, Dr. J. Robert Thompson.  Jim Thompson was the former Illinois Governor.

Here is a link to the auction house and the portrait.  The starting bid is only $200 –


Good luck to all bidders

St. Louis Union Station mural unveiling & exhibit

Category : News · No Comments July 31, 2015

St. Louis Union Station Double Tree Hotel with owner’s LHM will be officially unveiling Commerce on the Landing inside Grand Hall behind the hotel check-in lobby area.  In conjunction with the unveiling Kodner Gallery of St. Louis will be curating and exhibiting selected works for Discovered/Re-Discovered in St. Louis: The Artwork of Louis Grell and Irek Szelag.  Mr. Szelag conserved Commerce on the Landing and is a St. Louis prominent artist.  The mural will be on display 24/7 permanently inside Grand Hall beginning with the art exhibit will run from October 29 to December 4, 2015 from Tuesday – Saturday 11-4 inside the Union Station Museum shop near the Grand Hall.


Please join us on October 29th for the evening gala celebrations from 6 – 9 PM and enjoy the art exhibit and mural at your leisure.

Mr. Szelag will be offering his works for purchase and a select few works by Louis Grell may be available for purchase.

We hope to see all of you,  THANK YOU!

When – October  29, 2015,  time = 6 – 9 PM, mural unveiling same morning (time tbd).

Where – St. Louis Union Station, Grand Hall & Museum