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Philanthropists Donate Record Amount to the IU School of Art, Architecture + Design

Art Students Holding Up Sign

Art students hold up a commemoration sign during today's announcement. (Sean Hogan/WFIU)

A Philanthropist couple is giving a $20 million donation to the Indiana University School of Arts, Architecture + Design to commemorate IU Day.

Sidney and Lois Eskenazi’s donation is the largest in the school’s history, surpassing the previous record of $15 million. The couple also set that record.

The Eskenazis both graduated from IU. 

During a ceremony Wednesday, IU President Michael McRobbie expressed his gratitude.

“On behalf of Indiana University I want to offer our most sincere thanks to Sidney and Lois Eskenazi for this extraordinarily generous gift in support of our school,” McRobbie says. 

The school will now be known as the Sidney and Lois Eskenazi School of Art, Architecture + Design.  

The Eskenazis also donated $15 million to the IU Art Museum, which also bears their names. The museum will reopen in the fall after undergoing significant renovations.

The donation will help facilitate academic programs, research initiatives, student scholarships and faculty development.

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