$1 million gift to boost USI art program
When Lenny Dowhie joined the faculty of the University of Southern Indiana in 1978 he was only the second ceramics professor to be hired and, at the time of his retirement in 2011, after 33 years of teaching, was the longest serving ceramics professor in the history of the University. He was instrumental in developing the ceramics curriculum and in planning for the USI Ceramics Center opened in 2009.
That center now bears the name of both Lenny and his wife Anne following the announcement Thursday, February 13, of a $1 million gift commitment toward USI’s Campaign USI: Elevating Excellence that will provide ongoing endowed support for USI’s ceramics program. The center, located on the USI campus, becomes the “The Lenny and Anne Dowhie Ceramics Studio” in appreciation for their gift, Lenny’s three decades of service as a USI faculty member, Anne’s three decades of service to Central High School and John H. Castle Elementary School, and for the Dowhie’s ongoing service to the Evansville community. This is the first time a building has been named for a current or former faculty member of the University. A recognition display will be placed in the building in their honor.
“It’s nice to see Lenny and Anne Dowhie, as well as the art of ceramics, get the credit they deserve.”
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