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ANGELUS NEWS article features studio artist William Frank

The article titled “The stained glass of William Frank” by Heather King showcases the work of studio artist William Frank.  Ms. King highlights various stained glass designs executed by Mr. Frank with Emil Frei & Associates.

Click HERE to link to the ANGELUS article.

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Emil Frei advises on Chapel Renovation & Creates New Stained Glass at St. John Vianney High School

Nicholas Frei, Aaron Frei, Stephen Frei, and artist John Wheadon advised on the renovation of St. John Vianney High School, Kirkwood, MO.  An effort was made to preserve the character of the chapel created by the late Br. Mel Meyer S.M., while updating the space to meet current needs.

Also, John Wheadon designed five new windows for two separate entryway and existing windows in the newly created narthex were reconfigured for the renovation.

All work was donated by Nicholas, Aaron, & Stephen.

To read more about this project see the article from the St. Louis Review linked below.

St. Louis Review Article


STATE OF THE ARTS, a program on HEC-TV, recently created a segment titled “STAINED GLASS ART” which features EMIL FREI STAINED GLASS AND MOSAICS.   The segment highlights current and past projects of the company.

Click HERE, to see the video.  Or watch it on the HEC-TV website.

STATE OF THE ARTS is a program devoted to highlighting the vibrant arts community in the St. Louis region.  Kathy Bratkowski produced this segment.


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“A Tour of Jefferson Barracks’ Modernist Chapel” – an article in St. Louis Magazine features Emil Frei Stained Glass

An excellent article was just published by St. Louis Magazine describing the chapel and newly proposed designs for a feature piece by Emil Frei & Associates. To read the article penned by Chris Naffziger, click here.


“Faith and family is soldered in St. Louis stained glass”

St. Louis Post Dispatch features the Emil Frei Studio

Long a St. Louis institution, Emil Frei & Assoc. has received some flattering recognition by the St. Louis Post Dispatch for its legacy in the field of sacred art. To read the article by Mike Faulk, please click here.


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Pensacola’s Downtown Crowd Publishes Article Featuring Studio Artist John Wheadon

The article by Dawn Gresko titled “The Soul of St. Michael’s” in the September 2016 issue of Pensacola’s Downtown Crowd Magazine featured work done by Emil Frei on Pensacola’s Basilica of St. Michael.  Artist John Wheadon was interviewed about both the nine new stained glass windows installed into the church and the restoration of the original stained glass.   To read the article clink on the link below and turn to page 11.

September 2016 Downtown Crowd


The Parish of the Basilica of St. Michael in Pensacola, FL celebrates its 130th Anniversary with New and Restored Stained Glass

Most Rev. Bishop Gregory L. Parkes of the Pensacola-Tallahassee Diocese with Rector Joseph Callipare led the parish of the Basilica of St. Michael through a celebratory mass and ceremonial blessing of the newly renovated and newly designed stained glass windows at the Basilica as it celebrates it’s 130th Anniversary.  St. Michael’s stakes a claim as one of the oldest Catholic communities in the United States by way of their connection to the community who celebrated mass with Spanish explorer Tristan de Luna in 1559 on the beaches of Pensacola.

The original Emil Frei stained glass was given a thorough restoration and provided with hurricane protection glass on the exterior.  Nine new windows in keeping with the original Emil Frei windows were added to the bell tower, choir loft, and sacristy.

Click on the link below to read more about the Anniversary Celebration covered in the local newspaper.  Or click on the thumbnails below to see larger images of some of the completed Emil Frei projects.

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Image of the new Noah’s Ark window in the sacristy.


Exterior photo of windows in tower and nave showing the new hurricane protection glazing.

Robert Frei, Studio Patriarch, passed away on Wednesday January 20

Robert “Bob” Frei, former president of Emil Frei & Associates, passed away on Wednesday.  He left an indelible mark on the studio and will be greatly missed by his surviving family and everyone fortunate enough to have known and worked with him.  Below is his obituary as it will appear in the St. Louis Post Dispatch.

Robert Frei of Kirkwood, MO passed away on Wednesday January 20, succumbing to a long heart condition. Robert was born on May 22, 1925.

A noted artist and innovator, he successfully led one of the nation’s oldest and most prestigious stained glass firms, Emil Frei and Associates, for almost 30 years.  His works have graced more than three hundred churches and institutions across the nation and have been recognized by countless experts as a vital step forward in the craft. They drew largely from his child-like wonder of God’s creation and a love for all things simple, true, and good.  In the St. Louis region, his work can be seen at places such as the New Cathedral Basilica, Resurrection Catholic Church, Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery Chapel, and the St. Louis Priory, amongst others.

His humility expressed itself in his legendary self-deprecating humor. When he wasn’t embellishing a story to a captive audience, he could be found getting his hands dirty in hard, earnest work or travelling the nation’s parks in a camper with his wife and family.

Amongst his many accomplishments was qualifying for the Olympics as a bicyclist when still a young man. Shortly thereafter, he was drafted into the army where, due to his pacifist convictions, he served in the art and medical department. Upon his discharge from the army, he returned to the Emil Frei Studio to help lead one of the greatest generation of artists in the nation’s history. His impact on the trade will continue to reverberate down the generations as he was instrumental in developing a method for faceted stained glass production that is still used industry wide today.

He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Frances Eckert Frei, his four sons, Stephen, Mark, Christopher, David, ten grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.

Visitation at Bopp Chapel in Kirkwood on Monday, January 25 from 4 to 9 p.m. A funeral Mass will be celebrated on Tuesday, January 26 at 10 a.m. at St. Peter Catholic Church in Kirkwood, MO.

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Ave Maria Chapel at Good Shepherd Children & Family Services is Dedicated

The Ave Maria Chapel at Good Shepherd Children & Family Services was dedicated with great adulation on Wednesday, January 13th.  Archbishop Robert Carlson lead the ceremony.    Windows and frames were designed by John Wheadon, an artist for Emil Frei Stained Glass.  To see more photos of the chapel including the stained glass and the dedication check out Good Shepherd’s Facebook page by clicking on the link below.

Chapel Dedication Photos


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