UArts Honors Irvin Borowsky and Laurie Wagman for $500,000 Gift to Glass Arts Program
Reception pays tribute to Trustee Emeritus and his wife for their generosity
September 21, 2012
Dozens of their friends and family members gathered at the University of the Arts on September 19 to honor UArts Trustee Emeritus Irvin J. Borowsky and his wife, Laurie Wagman, whose $500,000 gift will enable the University to significantly expand and enhance its Glass Arts programs and the art form itself.
The gift will enable the University to establish the Irvin Borowsky Prize in Glass Arts and the Irvin Borowsky Center for Glass Arts. The Glass Arts prize will be given annually to an artist whose vision and skills are advancing contemporary glass art. The artist selected will be invited to give a special lecture to the University community. The portion of the gift dedicated to the Borowsky Center for Glass Arts will help to create a new Crafts center, expanding the University's Glass facilities and its capacity to promote the study of the historical and contemporary significance of glass art. The new 3,700 square-foot facility will include a dedicated space for exhibitions and installations, as well as hot and cold shops with multiple furnaces and work areas.
"Irv Borowsky and Laurie Wagman are visionary philanthropists whose commitment to the arts, social justice and education are legendary," UArts President Sean T. Buffington told those gathered for the celebration. "They are patron saints of the glass arts whom artists the world over regard as much more than collectors – they are true friends, thoughtful interlocutors and tireless advocates for individual artists and for the field as a whole."
Among the many individuals who paid tribute to Borowsky and Wagman were renowned glass artist and UArts alumnus Dan Dailey BFA '69 (Fine Arts), Alexander Rosenberg, the new head of the University's enhanced Glass program, and Ronald Naples, chair of the UArts Board of Trustees.
An innovator and leader in the publishing industry and a generous patron of the arts, Borowsky has been a member of the University's Board of Trustees since 1981. Through the Borowsky Gallery in the University's Gershman Hall, he has presented the works of painters, sculptors and book artists. He is also the founder and chairman of the National Liberty Museum and founder of the American Interfaith Institute. He is a member of the Academy of Religion and the Society of Biblical Literature, and lectures worldwide on diversity, faith and cooperation.
The Borowskys' personal art collection is highly regarded, including works by contemporary masters of studio glass art.