For its first major donation since artist LeRoy Neiman passed away last June, the LeRoy Neiman Foundation has promised a $1.5 million gift to Columbia University’s School of the Arts to fund printmaking MFA candidates. Nieman had close ties with Columbia during his lifetime and most significantly donated $6 milllion to the school in 1996 to found the LeRoy Neiman Center for Print Studies. Nieman’s latest donation will be made over a period of five years and give need-based scholarships to up to eight students per year.
“LeRoy Neiman grew up on the wrong side of the tracks and achieved success in large part due to his art studies under the G.I. Bill,” Steven Bond, Director of the LeRoy Neiman Foundation said in a statement. “He supported numerous arts programs at all levels, including the creation of the LeRoy Neiman Center for Print Studies at Columbia University School of the Arts, which he saw grow to become one of the most advanced and successful arts education programs in the country and fine art print studios in New York City. The Foundation is delighted to continue Mr. Neiman’s commitment in support of arts education and to further a relationship with Columbia University and its dynamic School of the Arts.”
— Ashton Cooper (ashton_cooper)