People in the eyes of LeRoy Neiman
"LeRoy Neiman's engagement with his alma mater began early and lasted for more than 60 years," says Cary McMillan, Chairman of the SAIC Board of Governors.
"LeRoy Neiman was part of a remarkably inclusive artistic moment in Chicago at the start of his career, and he carried on that legacy here and elsewhere with incredible diligence," says SAIC President Dr. Walter E. Massey.
Douglas Druick, President and Eloise W. Martin Director of the Art Institute of Chicago, says, "LeRoy Neiman was an artist with a longstanding connection to Chicago and specifically to the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Neiman learned and honed his craft in this city beginning in the 1950s and joins a lineage of artists who have found inspiration and instruction in the museum of the Art Institute of Chicago. He has left an indelible mark on both fine art and popular culture, and we in Chicago are grateful for his contributions to the visual arts here."
SAIC Chancellor Emeritus Tony Jones says, "LeRoy was one of the finest people I've ever known, a hardworking professional artist who 'lived by the brush.'His gifts to the School of the Art Institute show another side to LeRoy—a caring man who never forgot his roots. A great public character and flamboyant personality, the private LeRoy was a quite modest and very thoughtful man who cared deeply and passionately for the practice of art, and continuously supported artists of the next generation, wanting to give back in recognition of the support he'd himself received."
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