LeRoy and Janet Neiman give $5M to Chicago art school

LeRoy Neiman is famous for his sporting paintings, like this portrait of racing great Dan Gurney. Image courtesy of LiveAuctioneers Archive and Clark’s Fine Art & Auctioneers Inc.

LeRoy Neiman is famous for his sporting paintings, like this portrait of racing great Dan Gurney. Image courtesy of LiveAuctioneers Archive and Clark’s Fine Art & Auctioneers Inc.

CHICAGO (AP) – Artist LeRoy Neiman and his wife are giving $5 million to the School of the Art Institute of Chicago for a new student center.

Neiman and Janet Byrne Neiman both attended the school.

In a news release, the school says the money will help fund what will be called the LeRoy Neiman Center. The Neimans will also donate a 56-foot-long, 8-foot-tall mural called Summertime Along the Indiana Dunes that Neiman created with the help of his wife. The painting will be displayed at the student center.

Neiman is best known for his Salvador Dali mustache and his colorful paintings of prominent sporting figures such as Muhammad Ali. He was the official artist at five Olympiads.

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LeRoy Neiman is famous for his sporting paintings, like this portrait of racing great Dan Gurney. Image courtesy of LiveAuctioneers Archive and Clark’s Fine Art & Auctioneers Inc.

LeRoy Neiman is famous for his sporting paintings, like this portrait of racing great Dan Gurney. Image courtesy of LiveAuctioneers Archive and Clark’s Fine Art & Auctioneers Inc.