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Raymon Elozua

E. A. Whitney, baby carriage manufacture     Raymon Elozua is a visual artist. He began his career creating scale photo-realist sculptures of American industrial architecture. In 1984, he undertook a multimedia project on the decline of the American steel industry. Traveling to mill towns across the country, he took photographs of abandoned mills, researched in public libraries, and scoured bookstores for any printed material related to the steel industry. In 1988, he completed the art project, "Home Scrap," a series of sculptures, paintings and photographs, accompanied by a printed catalog, shown in New York City and museums across the country.
    Today, in addition to creating computer-derived sculptures and paintings, he continues to add to his collections of corporate histories and stove burners: (www.stoveburner.com). Elozua has taught at New York University, Rhode Island School of Design and Louisiana State University and lectured at many other schools. He has received three National Endowment for the Arts grants in painting and sculpture and a New York Foundation for the Arts grant in ceramics. His art works are in numerous public and private collections. In May of 2003, the Mint Museum of Art and the Mint Museum of Craft and Design will present a career retrospective survey of his sculptures, paintings, photography and digital works.

    He has also created a number of websites based on his photography and other various interests: homescrap.us, rustybucket.us, vanishingcatskills.us. You can see more of his work here: elozua.com

I would like to personally thank Allan Chasanoff for his encouragement, generosity and support for the construction of this web site.

Eric Breitbart has been an invaluable source of inspiration, contributing his ideas, knowledge and writing skills in developing the themes of this web site

Eugene Schwab (1941-2003), the owner of Western Hemisphere, Inc., Antiquarian Booksellers, was a font of information concerning the topic of business histories, offering his help and curatorial skills which contributed to the building of this collection. Gene was a wonderful caring individual with many interests. He had a rare dynamism and intelligence dedicated to helping his friends and clients. Most importantly his consummate joy was playing and composing ragtime piano songs.

Ethan Crenson and Amanda Alic are responsible for the elegant and functional design of this complex website as well as all others I have created. Their enthusiasm, dedication and attention to detail has made this project feasible and pleasurable. They are partners in the web and graphic design firm Red Shift: www.rdshft.com