The Glick Fund, a fund of Central Indiana Community Foundation, has awarded a $5 million matching grant to Ball State University in Muncie, Ind., to fund the Glick Center for Glass, a glass-art program to be added to Ball State’s College of Fine Arts.
The matching grant will support a new 10,000-square-foot instruction center housing a world-class hot glass studio. The gift will also support an endowment for faculty, visiting artists and scholarships. Classes in the new facility are scheduled to begin in the fall of 2010.
The first project of its kind in Indiana, the Glick Center for Glass will be a fitting tribute to Muncie’s glass-making heritage and an important addition to Ball State’s growing fine arts program.
“This is an exciting program for the Glick Fund, especially in view of my mother’s longtime passion for glass art,” said Marianne Glick, a director of the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Family Foundation. “This gift is a legacy to her love of all that can be possible with the medium.”
“The Glick Fund has demonstrated a long held dedication to education and the arts over many years. Their generosity will have a lasting impact on our students and the arts in communities across Indiana,” said Ball State President Jo Ann M. Gora. She added, “This gift will propel Ball State into a leadership position in glass work and will offer unique opportunities for our students. We are deeply grateful for the Glick Fund’s generosity.”
Marilyn Glick is a leading collector of contemporary glass art, and she has donated many works to the Indianapolis Museum of Art. The IMA’s Marilyn and Eugene Glick Collection includes examples from artists such as Marvin Lipofsky, Bertil Vallien and Howard Ben Tré. Mrs. Glick intends to bequeath the remainder of her private collection to the museum.
About the Glick Fund
The Glick Fund is a donor-advised fund of Central Indiana Community Foundation (CICF). It was established by Gene and Marilyn Glick to support a variety of causes, including organizations and programs benefiting the arts, cultural and civic causes, health care and medical research, as well as numerous other community groups and organizations dedicated to improving the quality of life of the Central Indiana community.