The University of Indianapolis is the recipient of a $100,000 grant from the Allen Whitehill Clowes Charitable Foundation Inc. in Indianapolis. The university says the gift will expand educational opportunities for students, staff, faculty and art lovers throughout the Midwest.
The grant will specifically support a facility upgrade and expansion for the Department of Art & Design to allow them to meet standards from the National Association for Schools of Art and Design. The school says the department’s space will increase by 73 percent, from 15,000 square-feet to 26,000 square-feet. The work includes renovating an existing campus building to include sculpture studio space, ceramics, art therapy space, a new student gallery and more. UIndy says reorganization and updating of the Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center will also allow for expanding the printmaking studio, digital photography studio, animation and a studio classroom.
“This initiative plays a critical role in helping the University of Indianapolis expand our facilities to accommodate the increasing enrollments in our Art and Design programs,” said President Robert Manuel. “We are grateful to the Allen Whitehill Clowes Charitable Foundation for their support of this project, which allows the University to expand its impact and build innovative connections between students, faculty, staff and the community.”