H. Seeley and Ruth E. Funk Fund for the Textile Arts


Type

Other Fund

Value

$44,804 (2021)

Year Established

2006

Purpose

To construct and support an art gallery for fiber and textiles on the Florida Tech campus. (GF000159)

Description


History

On April 5th, 2004, H. Seeley And Ruth E. Funk established a joint commitment to the Florida Tech textile program with a gift of $250,000. Through their contribution, the University developed the program ultimately constructing a textile and fiber arts gallery and exhibition space. The exhibition space housed permanent textile and fiber arts as well as serving to catalog and process items in this collection.
 
Ruth Funk was a lover of the Fine Arts and education. Funk taught in fine arts, published two books, served as a director of interior design, and was part owner of an art gallery. Her involvement with FIT helped to pioneer the textile exhibition space and further the art community.

Ruth was survived by her daughter Susan Bayly and son in law Ed Bayly of Melbourne, Fl and her son Richard Seeley Funk of Albany, NY.