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Eugene and Marilyn Glick Eye Institute

Last modified: Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Glick Eye Institute seeks Indiana artists for public art project in new building

Nov. 2, 2010

INDIANAPOLIS -- Indiana artists have an opportunity to submit artwork to be considered for display in the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Eye Institute, scheduled for completion in spring of 2011.

The Glick Eye Institute, currently under construction on the Indiana University School of Medicine campus at Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis, will be home to the Department of Ophthalmology. The 77,000 square-foot building features ophthalmology and optometry clinics on the ground floor and offers three additional floors for clinical and science research labs, physician office space, conference rooms and a library. The institute was made possible by a $30 million gift from Indianapolis philanthropists Eugene and Marilyn Glick.

Glick Eye Institute

The south facade of the Glick Eye Institute

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The Glick's support provides $20 million for the building construction and $10 million for an endowment. Those funds cover construction, equipment and the first three floors of the building; the School of Medicine continues to raise money to complete the fourth floor's interior spaces.

The building, which can be seen at, was designed by RATIO Architects and features a wall of fritted glass on the south façade. The glass wall, on the second through fourth floors, is a study of glass, color and shading, and mimics how the eye works. The colored glass panes offer more transparency in office spaces and less transparency in lab and other areas, achieved by incorporating shades of yellows and grays. The yellow color recalls the amber tint used in the eyeglasses of patients with decreased visual acuity or cataracts to sharpen their vision. The glass also reflects an interest of Mrs. Glick, who is a long-time collector of art glass.

"We are seeking pieces of art that depict or express vision, light, color, perspective and or reflection," said Dr. Jeff Rothenberg, chairman of the Glick Eye Institute art committee, and an associate professor of clinical obstetrics and gynecology at the IU School of Medicine. Rothenberg also is an artist who works with glass.

"Opening the art process to the Indiana community will give our Hoosier artists the opportunity to showcase their art in a new building that is dedicated to vision," Rothenberg said. "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 art 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," notes Dr. Louis B. Cantor, chairman of the Department of Ophthalmology. "We are hopeful that Indiana artists will be excited about the opportunity to showcase their works in the Glick Eye Institute."

For more information about the art project, or to submit art for consideration, visit Artists have until Jan. 15, 2011 to submit their works for consideration. Artists whose work is chosen for display in the building will be notified by Feb. 25, 2011, and will have until the end of May to complete their work. Art will be installed in June and July; the building will be dedicated during a ceremony on Aug. 19, 2011.

WHAT: Request for proposals 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 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 Jan. 15, 2011

HOW: Artwork can be submitted at

FMI: The website contains the full Request for Proposal, FAQs, renderings of the building and spaces where art can be displayed