About the Foundation

The LeRoy Neiman and Janet Byrne Neiman Foundation seeks to perpetuate the legacy and philanthropic spirit of LeRoy Neiman, and to advance and share the impact of his life, his ideals and artwork in the US and throughout the world. The Foundation supports organizations that promote the study, improvement and advancement of the arts and provide opportunities for at-risk youth to develop paths to successful futures.

We envision a broad recognition of Neiman’s achievements as an illustrator, chronicler of post-War America and Europe, and artist who made art accessible to millions of people. We also imagine safe haven community centers in a number of cities in America that support and provide opportunities for arts education to disadvantaged children who may, as Neiman did himself, become inspired through the self-fulfillment that comes with dedication and achievement.

Mission Statement

The Foundation was established in 1986 by LeRoy Neiman and awarded over $20 million in grants to various educational organizations in support of the arts before his death in 2012. The Foundation continues the legacy and philanthropic spirit of LeRoy Neiman by celebrating his work, supporting opportunities for students to study and appreciate visual arts and promoting the study, improvement and advancement of visual arts education, and continuing the goal of alleviating human suffering and supporting opportunities for the disadvantaged.


We are in the process of organizing and digitizing our archives. For a selection of highlights please check http://leroyneimanfoundation.omeka.net/