Nearly a half-century ago, Ball Corporation stopped making glass products in Muncie. The last of the huge glass furnaces on the city’s south side were shut down in 1962. Today, glassmaking of a different sort returns to Delaware county. Ball State is creating new opportunities for students and reconnecting Muncie to its glassmaking heritage with the opening of the Marilyn K. Glick Center for Glass.
A ribbon-cutting ceremony at the center is scheduled for 11 this (Wed., Sept. 29) morning. The facility is located across University Avenue from Ball Memorial Hospital, on the west side of campus.
The Center is home for the university’s recently approved bachelor of fine arts (BFA) and master of fine arts (MFA) in visual art programs. Its new building features 10,000 square feet of creative space including a hot shop — where molten glass comes to life — and a cold shop with a kiln room, where art glass creations anneal into their final shape and color. Between the two working shops, natural light fills the center’s classroom, undergraduate and graduate studios, faculty offices, photo documentation and exhibit areas.
A $5 million lead gift to establish the Glick Center was provided by The Glick Fund, a donor-advised fund of the Central Indiana Community Foundation. The fund was created by Indianapolis philanthropists Gene and Marilyn Glick. The couple’s daughter, Marianne — an artist herself — is a member of Ball State’s Board of Trustees.