Artist gives $5M to School of the Art Institute

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Artist LeRoy Neiman, known for his colorful and energetic paintings of sports events, and his wife are donating $5 million to the School of the Art Institute of Chicago for a new student center, the school announced today.

Neiman is an alumnus and former faculty member of the school.

The student center, which will be in the school's building at 37 S. Wabash Ave., will be named the LeRoy Neiman Center. It will house a lounge, a cafe and an art gallery, the school said.

It also will feature a 56-foot-long, 8-foot-tall mural entitled "Summertime Along the Indiana Dunes," which Neiman and his wife, Janet, originally created in 1965 for the Mercantile National Bank in Hammond, Ind.

The Neimans met as students at the school. Neiman attended the school from 1946-1950 and taught there for 10 years beginning in 1950.

The center is scheduled to open next spring.

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