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Glick Eye Institute purchasing art, seeks more Indiana artists for phase II of public art project


“It’s been a real joy to work with the artists, see their proposals, display their works and be able to purchase some of this art that is so reflective of vision, color, light, perspective and reflection,” said Jeff Rothenberg, M.D., chairman of the Glick Eye Institute Public Art Project’s committee. Dr. Rothenberg, associate
professor of clinical obstetrics and gynecology at the IU School of Medicine, also is an artist who works with glass; his hand-blown glass globes hang in the lobby of the eye institute.

The art project was developed to place art in the newest clinical and research building on the IU School of Medicine campus. The Glick Eye Institute is home to the Department of Ophthalmology and was completed in August 2011. The nearly 80,000-square-foot building features ophthalmology and optometry clinics on the ground floor and provides clinical and basic science research labs, physician office space, conference rooms and a library on the second and third floors. The institute was made possible by a $30 million gift from
Indianapolis philanthropists Eugene and Marilyn Glick, as well as other donors.

“Our patients, faculty and staff have enjoyed the artwork selected by the committee,” said Louis B. Cantor, M.D., chairman of the Department of Ophthalmology at the Glick Eye Institute. “Each piece tells a story of vision from the perspective of the artist, and it’s been interesting to hear their reactions to the work.”

One of the works selected in the inaugural art project included a glass mosaic titled “Visum,” which was created by a group of middle school students from Fishers.

“The art students at Saint Louis de Montfort School in Fishers were fortunate enough to be chosen to create a mosaic for the library at the Glick Eye Institute,” said Mireille Wannemuehler, art teacher for the creative students. “It was a chance for my students to learn the process, from start to finish, of bidding, planning, creating and viewing public works of art. They have expressed to me that this may have been one of their favorite projects, and they have mentioned a new-found awareness of public art.”

Phase II of the public art project begins this week as Indiana artists again have an opportunity to submit artwork to be considered for display in the Glick Eye Institute. Artwork purchased in the first round includes submissions from photographers, quilters and painters from throughout Indiana, including Indianapolis, Evansville and Nashville.

“We again seek pieces of art that depict or express vision, light, color, perspective and or reflection,” Dr. Rothenberg said. “Opening the art process to the Indiana community gives our Hoosier artists the opportunity to showcase their art in a new building that is dedicated to vision. The university has success
incorporating art created by the community in other School of Medicine buildings, and we believe it is fitting that Indiana artists be invited to contribute their vision of vision to this space.”

Rothenberg said that art for the second round of the project can be created specifically for the building or can be existing pieces that meet the requirements of expressing vision, light, color, perspective and/or reflection. Details about art sought for the building, spaces identified to showcase art and how to submit artwork to be considered for the Glick Eye Institute can be found at

“The opportunity to appreciate art is certainly one of the benefits of good vision,” Dr. Cantor said. “We are hopeful that Indiana artists will be excited about the opportunity to showcase their works in the Glick Eye Institute.”

Artists have until Oct. 31 to submit their works for consideration. Artists whose work is chosen for display in the building will be notified by Nov. 30 and will have until the end of 2012 to deliver their works to the building for installation. 

Fundraising continues for the Glick Eye Institute’s Public Art Project. For information on supporting the art project, contact Linda Cantor, director of development at the IU School of Medicine, at 317-274-3602, 800-643-6975 or

Members of the art committee in addition to Dr. Rothenberg include Linda Cantor; Elizabeth Elkas, also with the School of Medicine’s office of Gift Development; Richard Thompson with the IU architect’s office; Kim Harper, chair of the IU School of Medicine’s art committee; Stephanie Brater, community volunteer;
Marianne Glick, artist and daughter of Eugene and Marilyn Glick; and Vicki Hermansen, communications director for the Glick Eye Institute.

The original call for art resulted in more than 50 entries; 35 were selected for display in the building. Of those, 17 works will be purchased for permanent display in the Glick Eye Institute. Several artists donated their works to the Glick Eye Institute for permanent display.

WHAT: Request for submissions from Indiana artists or artists who trained in Indiana to submit art to be
considered for inclusion in the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Eye Institute at the Indiana University School of Medicine. All art must depict or express vision, light, color, perspective and/or reflection.

WHEN: Artists should submit examples of their work and proposals for work to be included in the Glick Eye
Institute by Oct. 31.

HOW: Artwork can be submitted at

Information: The full Submission Proposal and photographs of art currently on display in the building can be found on the Glick Eye Institute website, which also includes a booklet describing the art selected for display the first year of the public art project.

Indiana art purchased for permanent display in Glick Eye Institute

Indiana artists whose work has been selected for display in the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Eye Institute include:

Shirley Adams, Danville, textiles titled “Fiberdance Pink” and “Fiberdance Purple”

Andrew Benton, Indianapolis, untitled photograph

Taryenna Dickerson, Indianapolis, painting titled “PaPa”

Mark Fredericks, Indianapolis, photograph titled “Window Washers”

Emily Janowiak, Indianapolis, mixed media titled “Eyes That Radiated Light”

Ben Johnson, Cicero, glass titled “Spot Series”

Justin Chase Lane, Indianapolis, photograph titled “Tunnel in Tunnelton”

Jeff Mason, Indianapolis, photograph titled “Morning Rain”

Carole Mitchell, Indianapolis, quilt titled “IridEscent”

Ari Pescovitz, currently in Cincinnati, laser etching titled “Reflections”

Stefan Patranek, Indianapolis, photograph titled “Sunline (from the series Book of Acts)”

Nikki Pritchett, Evansville, painting titled “First Street in Evansville”

Doug Sauter, Indianapolis, photograph titled “Ferris Wheel,” glass titled “Compass”

Pamela Torkelson, Indianapolis, photograph titled “Orange Burst”

Paul Trippel, M.D., Indianapolis, photograph titled “A Gift of Sight”



images of some of the art is available from