Schrekengost’s Life Work Celebrated
BY RICHARD SOLE
Oct. 14, 2010
Cleveland State University has been awarded the archives of distinguished artist Viktor Schreckengost, an industrial designer and educator. The complete collection of his life’s work was officially presented to the Michael Schwartz Library on Sept. 30.
The event consisted of a forum, an unveiling and dedication ceremony and a reception. Some of the speakers included CSU President Ronald Berkman, Councilman Joe Cimperman, Dr. Glenda Thornton, Wally Berry of American DaVinci LLC, and Viktor’s wife, Gene Schreckengost.
Cimperman, alongside Mrs. Schreckengost outside the Urban Affairs Building, declared that E. 17 Street officially be called ‘Viktor Schreckengost Way,’ and presented Mrs. Schreckengost with the street sign.
Cimperman explained why the street name was chosen.
“It’s because every single student and faculty member and passerby must think, ‘How would they live?’ They would live in the way of Viktor Schreckengost.”
Schreckengost had an unparalleled career while working for such employers as Murray Bicycle, General Electric, Harris Intertype, Salem China and the U.S. Navy. He was awarded the National Medal of Arts from President George W. Bush during a White House ceremony at age 100. With such a prominent career, it’s an honor for CSU to preserve and study Schreckengost’s archive of work.
Dr. Glenda Thornton, director of the Michael Schwartz Library, said that being awarded the archives is a turning point for the library. “About 15 years ago, our library started collecting unique resources to make us more distinctive, such as the Schreckengost archives,” said Thornton. “It’s a wonderful thing to have these archives given to us.”
Berkman said that Schreckengost was “the father of industrial design, whose accomplishments have changed the world, and his archives will change Cleveland State University.”