DETROIT, Mich (WLNS) – The Detroit Institute of Arts is renaming its revamped Ancient Middle East gallery in recognition of a $5 million grant from the William Davidson Foundation.
The museum recently announced that the gallery will be called the William Davidson Gallery and include art from Assyria, Babylonia Persia and other empires.
Davidson owned the Detroit Pistons and Auburn Hills-based Guardian Industries, an auto industry glass products supplier. He passed away in 2009 at the age of 86.
The money from his grant will go the museum’s endowment.
The museum is planning to include a section in the gallery on the production of glass in the ancient Middle East region and has begun conversations with the Israel Antiquities Authority to obtain loans of glass and ceramics to enhance the gallery.