Staff Reports

Columbus businessman Anthony J. Moravec recently was honored by Indiana University and the IU Foundation as the university’s 2016 Partners in Philanthropy.

Moravec received the Cornerstone Award, which recognizes individuals whose partnership, volunteerism and generosity have been instrumental to the success of a single IU philanthropic initiative for a campus, program or school, according to the university.

Although Moravec did not attend IU, his appreciation for the Bloomington campus’ arts and culture scene began in 1998 when he took his first tour of the university’s art museum, a university news release said. Moravec joined the museum’s National Advisory Board in 2001, a membership he continues today.

During IU’s “Matching the Promise” campaign, Moravec worked to increase support for a special IU Art Museum exhibition and research project on drawings by the Venetian master Domenico Tiepolo.

In 2010 Moravec donated his personal collection of Old Master drawings and a series of scenes from the New Testament to the IU Art Museum, making the museum one of the largest repositories of such works in the world.

Moravec is co-founder of Applied Laboratories Inc., president of Blairex Laboratories Inc. and owner of Zaharakos Ice Cream Parlor and Museum in Columbus.