IU Art Museum receives $15 million gift from Sidney and Lois Eskenazi

museumsignbignewsOn May 11, Indiana University announced its art museum had received a landmark gift of $15 million from Indianapolis-based philanthropists Sidney and Lois Eskenazi, the largest cash gift in the museum’s history.

The museum has been renamed the Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art.

The Eskenazis also are donating nearly 100 works of art, including 34 notable prints and drawings by Joan Miró, which complement 35 earlier Miró works in the museum collection.

The Eskenazi gift, which the university will match with another $20 million through the “For All: The Indiana University Bicentennial Campaign,” will go toward renovation and gallery enhancements at the museum’s I.M. Pei-designed building (1982).

The improvements, expected to be complete by 2020, will be designed by Susan T. Rodriguez of Ennead Architects of New York City and Browning Day Mullins Dierdorf of Indianapolis.

IU Communications worked with the museum and Resnicow and Associates to share the news in a press release and live-stream broadcast. Coverage appeared in these media outlets:

In addition, The Associated Press story appeared in many news outlets around the country, including the Albany Times Union (N.Y.), Chicago Daily Herald, The Fresno Bee (Calif.), Houston Chronicle, Lexington Herald-Leader (Ky.), The News & Observer (Raleigh, N.C.), The News Tribune (Tacoma, Wash.), San Antonio Express-News, San Francisco Chronicle and The Washington Times.

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