Light Symphony

Light Symphony

Light Symphony


Colored glass and light are combining to create a mammoth work of art in the foyer of Ball State’s Music Instruction Building. The unique 23-by-40-foot 3-D light painting by artist Stephen Knapp (American born 1947).

Art critics have called Knapp’s lightpaintings the first new art form of the 21st century. Some of his better-known, large-scale lightpaintings and glass sculptures include “Luminous Affirmations” in Tampa, Fla., and the “Crystal Quilt” in Lincoln, Nebraska.

After months of planning, Knapp constructed the lightpainting near his Worcester, Mass., studio. Once the lightpainting was tested, it was then dismantled, shipped and installed in the Music Instruction Building 2006.

Midwest Antique Fruit Jar & Bottle Club

Midwest Antique Fruit Jar & Bottle Club

The Midwest Antique Fruit Jar & Bottle Club is an organization of people interested in collecting and learning about fruit jars and bottles. While the club is headquartered in Indiana they have members from all over the country. A jar show/sale/swap is held at the Horizon Convention Center and the connecting Courtyard by Marriott. The event is scheduled for January every year. For more information visit their website at:





In 1887, the Ball family—makers of the famous Ball mason jars—moved their glass manufacturing business from Buffalo, New York to Muncie, Indiana. The Ball brothers (pictured) and their families left a lasting impression on the Muncie community, creating philanthropic organizations (like Ball Brothers Foundation and George & Frances Ball Foundation), an educational institution (Ball State University), and the year-round gathering place of Minnetrista.

The current site of Minnetrista is located on the same property where the Ball family lived. In fact, many of the original Ball family homes stand today; all but one of the brothers’ homes are still standing and they make for a beautiful walk along the Boulevard, and a few are open to the public for various programs and events.

Due to its location along the White River, the family chose to name the property Minnetrista, meaning “a gathering place by the water.” The name is derived from the Sioux word “mna” (pronounced “mini”), which means “water,” and the English word “tryst.”

The origin of Minnetrista as we know it today—a cultural museum and public gathering place—dates back to 1978, when Margaret Ball Petty wrote to her cousin Edmund F. Ball, suggesting that the Ball Brothers Foundation provide a museum in which to exhibit fine art. A four-year study of the cultural needs of East Central Indiana determined that top priority should be given to the construction of a state-of-the-art facility to preserve the cultural heritage of the region. Ground was broken March 14, 1987 and Minnetrista Cultural Center opened December 10, 1988.

Stop by and check out the large collection of Ball Canning Jars on display at Minnetrista.

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Sonata by Christopher Ries at Kennedy Library

Sonata by Christopher Ries at Kennedy Library

At the Kennedy library is the beautiful glass artwork, Sonata by Christopher Ries.  This glass sculpture is an etched multi-dimensional polished blue crystal disk created by noted glass artist Christopher Ries. The sculpture, donated by Patricia Schaefer, weighs more than 700 pounds and is nearly 7 feet tall including its pedestal base. The sculpture was unveiled April 1, 2008. For more information on the glass artist, visit:

Kennedy Library (KB)
1700 W. McGalliard Rd.                                                                                                      A full circulating library
Mon through Thurs 10am – 8pm
Fri 9am – 6pm
Sat and Sun 1-5pm


The Marilyn K. Glick Center for Glass

The Marilyn K. Glick Center for Glass

The Marilyn K. Glick Center for Glass, generously funded by The Glick Fund, a fund of the Central Indiana Community Foundation established by Marilyn and Eugene Glick, was built to support and promote the practice of the contemporary glass arts at Ball State University and in the East Central Indiana Region. The center’s studio spaces, equipment, faculty and staff support a broad-based and dynamic undergraduate and graduate curriculum in contemporary glass as well as community outreach and education about the glass arts. General visitors are welcome and encouraged to come into the Front Atrium. Artists are often working in the hot shop and visitors can observe them through the viewing window or examine the glass artworks on display in the cases.

The Marilyn K. Glick Center for Glass is located on the southwest end of our campus next to Christy Woods and the Rinard Orchid Greenhouse. General visitors are welcome and encouraged to visit. The front atrium at the Marilyn K. Glick Center for Glass is open to the public:

Monday – Friday
9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Artists are often working in the hot shop, which supports a range of processes including blowing and hot sculpting. Visitors can observe artists through the viewing window, on LED screens, or examine the glass artworks on display in the cases. For liability reasons our working glass studios are not open to visitors without special arrangements.

Time slots for field trips depend on class schedules, campus events, and staff availability. Groups are limited to 30 individuals due to safety requirements in the studios. Visitors should be at least kindergarten age. For safety reasons, only those groups of young children with multiple adults accompanying them can enter our hot shop studio. Campus Map For more information about our future field trip opportunities please contact our Glass Studio Manager, Slate Grove, at 765-285-6620.