Herron School of Art and Design is pleased to recognize yet another visionary move from the powerhouse philanthropic duo Sidney and Lois Eskenazi. They have made a transformational gift to Herron's soon-to-be-expanded Sculpture and Ceramics facility. To recognize the gift, the facility will become the Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Fine Arts Center.
Located at 1350 Indiana Av., the 26,000 sq. ft. building, designed by Blackburn Architects, originally opened in 2000. It has garnered national acclaim as one of the very best facilities of its kind in higher education.
That same year, Sidney and Lois made a leadership gift which kicked into high gear Herron's first-ever capital campaign and made possible the completion of Herron's move from 16th and Pennsylvania streets to a marquee spot on the IUPUI campus. Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Hall at 735 W. New York St. was named in their honor.
Dramatically increased undergraduate enrollment, the launch of new Master of Fine Art degree programs and a very successful public art initiative have made more space a necessity.
Under the direction of Ratio Architects with an estimated completion date of fall 2012, the expansion will include 10,000 sq. ft. of new construction and extensive renovations to an existing 38,000 sq. ft. warehouse immediately north of the Sculpture and Ceramics facility. The additional space will be used for art studios, classrooms, galleries, community arts programs and public art fabrication.
"Sid and Lois are very much a part of the Herron community and have witnessed the growth and success of the school during the past decade. They saw the need for the expansion and were eager to help," said Dean Valerie Eickmeier. "Their support will transform an already highly-acclaimed building into a prestigious, signature Fine Arts Center--a facility that will represent the creative work that resides at Herron."
Sidney, commenting on their reasons for this newest gift said, "As Lois and I observe the work of the students, continue to learn about Dean Eickmeier's vision for the school and realize the important role this facility will play, we know we are doing the right thing.
"It makes us happy to see the students doing what they love to do." He added, "It's gratifying to know that Herron is one of only a few schools in the country to offer its students the unique educational experiences they receive at both the undergraduate and graduate level."
The expansion project is funded solely through private support and would not be possible without the additional support of the Allen Whitehill Clowes Charitable Foundation, George and Diane Seybert, Don Gummer and Meryl Streep, Drs. Thomas and Shirley Mueller and other members of Herron's Advisory Board. Opportunities for giving are still available.