A recent donation to the University of Wisconsin-Manitowoc Foundation, Inc. will benefit the campus’ art department and its students. The $10,000 donation from Milton and Bess Schwartz will be used to fund art student scholarships, as well as art department equipment needs.
The Schwartzes are avid supporters of the visual arts in the community, as well as leaders in the business community as owners of the Wisconsin Aluminum Foundry. Having previously endowed an art scholarship at Lincoln High School, their donation to UW-Manitowoc further extends their support to post-secondary art education in the community.
According to Berel Lutsky, associate professor of art, the gift serves as both a recruiting tool for the art department and a funding tool for equipment needs not met through annual budgets. “Half will be used to underwrite an annual scholarship for an incoming student, while the rest will be used as needed to replace or update equipment,” says Lutsky. The department’s immediate needs include a digital printer in the campus' imaging lab, and two large brayers for the printmaking lab.
Charles Clark, Campus Dean and CEO, is also appreciative. “I am personally grateful to the Schwartz family for their generous gift. Not only does it support the visual arts at UW-Manitowoc, but it also is a very strong statement of support for higher education in Manitowoc County from prominent members of the local business community. Mr. and Mrs. Schwartz have been leaders in our community for many years and this gift is another manifestation of their leadership. We are very fortunate that they take such an interest in the success of our students at UW-Manitowoc.”