Fine Arts to honor Bill Fischer at Nov. 16 ceremony

University of Louisville fine arts students may not have met Louisville artist Bill Fischer yet, but many have benefited from his generosity. Art students and faculty will honor his contributions and talent Nov. 16 in the Hite Art Institute galleries in Schneider Hall.

During the noon ceremony and reception on Belknap Campus, UofL officials will dedicate the Bill Fischer Art Studios -- leased studio space that he has funded since 2010 in the former Our Mother of Sorrows school property, 770 Eastern Parkway. Former first-floor classrooms are subdivided so student artists can work on large-scale art and create multiple pieces simultaneously.

Fischer’s 2012 donations and pledges to UofL’s Hite Art Institute totaled $220,000 to help with the studio space and student aid. He also has endowed grants that go each semester to a 2-D art student and 3-D art student who are preparing their senior-project artwork for exhibition.

“Mr. Fischer has given generously to support our students, and we are honored he considers us an important place to support,” said Ying Kit Chan, fine arts department chair. “This year we are celebrating our 75th anniversary. We are very proud of the accomplishments by many of our alumni. His dedication and contributions have demonstrated that he is a genuine artist and true gentleman.”

The lifelong artist’s affiliation with UofL began when he enrolled as a student in 1937, the year the fine arts department was founded. Later he studied a year in Mexico in San Miguel de Allende, where he worked with muralist David Alfaro Siqueiros and Rico Lebrun. Primarily a painter, Fischer also designed a 12-window series of translucent faceted glass at Keneseth Israel Congregation synagogue, 2531 Taylorsville Road, in Louisville.

In September UofL professor James Grubola curated a 20-piece exhibit of Fischer’s artwork at Treyton Oak Towers, the retirement community where Fischer now lives. Representing more than a half-century of Fischer’s work in various media, the show’s themes included travel, religious-inspired art, abstractions and city scenes.

For more information, contact Claire Pope at 502-852-0288.