The Chancel Cross

Chancel Cross
Chancel Cross – Photo Credit: Jeff McCutcheon

Designed and fabricated by William J. Thompson, Professor of Art, the Ohio State University, 1963. Enameled copper facets and Brazilian Rosewood relates to the stained glass above.

About the Artist

The late William J. Thompson, a renowned sculptor and print-maker, was born in Denver, Colorado, in 1926 to a deeply Catholic family. His interest in art was piqued early, and it was intensified during a convalescence from scarlet fever at the age of 14, when he was given a book about Michelangelo. With support from his mother and an older cousin, he studied art at the Rhode Island School of Design, interrupting his studies to serve in the Army in 1946. He returned to school afterward and received his Master of Fine Arts degree from the Cranbrook Academy of Arts in Michigan in 1352. In addition to Michelangelo, Thompson was influenced by such masters as Auguste Rodin, Georges Rouault, Ernst Barlach, and Jacob Epstein.

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