Ivy Tech Community College’s Bloomington campus is the 2014 beneficiary of Pygmalion’s Art Supplies’ fifth annual custom-color fundraiser. Proceeds from the yearlong effort will benefit Ivy Arts for Kids scholarships.

“We appreciate Pygmalion’s encouragement of youth arts,” said Susie Graham, Executive Director of Development, Ivy Tech-Bloomington. “Their gift of more than $2,000 will cover tuition costs for 12 children to participate in art camps this summer.”

Each year Pygmalion’s Art Supplies commissions a custom color from submissions created by area artists. The art store orders 280 tubes of oil paint in that limited edition color, with sales benefiting an area nonprofit. To encourage area artists’ involvement in the initiative, Pygmalion’s hosts an art show each April and accepts any submissions, including mixed media, which use the year’s custom color.

The store sold 225 tubes over the course of 2014 with 100 percent of sales going to the Ivy Arts for Kids scholarship fund. The winning color, Eggplant, was created by Tom Colcord, a 2013 Indiana University fine arts graduate whose work was featured during the month of January in the National Society of Arts and Letters exhibition at Ivy Tech Waldron. Previous winning colors have included Alice Pink, Kiki’s Cool Yellow, Skink Tail Blue, and Green Bean Green.

“This was the second most popular color since we started the benefit,” said John Wilson, Pygmalion’s owner, citing only Kiki’s Cool Yellow as more popular than Eggplant.

Ivy Tech’s Bloomington campus offers engaging, age-appropriate art classes for children ages 4-15 through its Ivy Arts for Kids program at the Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center. For more information about Ivy Arts for Kids, log on www.ivytech.edu/CLL and click on “Youth Programs.”

Contact the Center for Lifelong Learning at 812-330-6247 about scholarship availability.

About Ivy Tech Community College

Ivy Tech Community College is Indiana's largest public postsecondary institution and the nation's largest singly accredited statewide community college system, accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Ivy Tech has campuses throughout Indiana and also serves thousands of students annually online. It serves as the state's engine of workforce development, offering associate degrees, long- and short-term certificate programs, industry certifications, and training that aligns with the needs of the community. The College provides a seamless transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana, as well as out of state, for a more affordable route to a bachelor's degree.