LeRoy Neiman was born poor and became very successful and remarkably generous. During his lifetime, he and his wife, Janet Byrne Neiman, donated nearly $20 million to art programs in institutions of higher education and in community centers that support at-risk kids.
The LeRoy Neiman and Janet Byrne Neiman Foundation, which the Neimans founded in 1986, continues the Neiman’s philanthropic work. We provide funding for major initiatives in advanced education, after school community programs, and other educational initiatives that engender and foster an interest in and love of art.
Following are descriptions of programs that the LeRoy Neiman and Janet Byrne Neiman Foundation has supported and, in many cases, continues to support. For information regarding grant proposals, please read here.
LeRoy Neiman Center for Print Studies
School of the Arts Columbia University, New York City
1996: The LeRoy Neiman Center for Print Studies was founded by a $6 million endowment from LeRoy and Janet Neiman to promote printmaking through education, production and exhibition of prints. The center is a serious printmaking studio and gallery that provides undergraduate and graduate Columbia University students facilities and instruction that allow them to investigate and produce images through a myriad of printmaking techniques which include intaglio, lithography, silkscreen, relief, photography, and digital imaging. Professional artists also work at the studios. Among those who have made editions at the Neiman Center are Jasper Johns, Sara Sze, Eric Fischl, Dana Schutz, and Shahzia Sikander, among others. Prints created at the Neiman Center are in the collections of the Brooklyn Museum of Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Museums of Modern Art in New York and San Francisco, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Walker Art Center.
2014: The LeRoy Neiman Foundation endowed a scholarship with $1.5 million to subsidize printmaker scholarships in the MFA Program and continue the success of the LeRoy Neiman Print Center.
Here are a few interviews with past LeRoy Neiman Fellows about their time at the Center for Print Studies.
LeRoy Neiman Center
School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC), Chicago, IL
Both LeRoy and Janet Byrne Neiman studied at the SAIC, and Neiman received his degree in studio art from the School and taught there for 10 years: Janet Byrne was among his students. In the years preceding his death, the Neimans worked closely with the school to develop its scholarship programs and facilities:
2005: LeRoy and Janet Byrne Neiman donated $3 million to SAIC’s scholarship fund to increase support for both need-based and merit scholarships. Neiman subsequently taught master classes at various sites for Chicago high school students through SAIC’s Early College Program.
2010: the LeRoy Neiman Foundation donated an additional $1 million to support scholarships at the Ox-Bow School of Art and Artists’ Residency, Saugatuck, MI, which is affiliated with SAIC.
2011: the Neimans donated $5 million to fund the construction of a community campus center for SAIC students, faculty, staff, and alumni. The 17,800-square-foot LeRoy Neiman Center opened on May 7, 2012 and is home to the largest mural Neiman created – Summertime on the Indiana Dunes, a 56-foot-wide, 448-square-foot piece co-signed by the artist’s wife and completed in 1965 – which hangs in the lobby outside the center.
LeRoy Neiman Art Center
Art Horizons, New York City
Art instruction and education for children from Pre-K though high school with a special emphasis on instruction for at-risk and special needs students. It also offers professional development for teachers and exhibitions and live professional performances for the general public. Arts Horizons was founded in 1978, and the LeRoy Neiman Art Center was launched by a generous gift from LeRoy Neiman and is sustained by on-going support from the LeRoy Neiman Foundation, corporations, individuals and other organizations.
2007: LeRoy and Janet Neiman gave $1 million to Arts Horizons to start up and run the LeRoy Neiman Art Center which opened in 2008.
LeRoy Neiman Art Centers for Youth
Good Tidings Foundation, San Francisco, CA
Good Tidings is a children’s charity that looks to equally support arts, education, athletics and dreams for youth from communities of need in the Greater Bay Area. Good Tidings built the first LeRoy Neiman Art Center at New Traditions School in San Francisco in February of 2000 and later created additional LeRoy Neiman Art Studios at Amesti School in Watsonville, which serves migrant farm worker and Native American families, at De Marillac Academy in San Francisco’s Tenderloin district, Eastside College Preparatory School in East Palo Alto, at Union Settlement in Harlem, the Rock Teen Center in Phoenix, the Thomas Kelly High School in Chicago, East Oakland Youth Development Center and at The Boy’s and Girl’s Club in SanFrancisco’s Mission District which house a free visual arts program run by the Good Tidings Foundation.
LeRoy Neiman Center for the Study of American Society and Culture
Department of Sociology, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA
The UCLA LeRoy Neiman Center is a research facility conducts and coordinates interdisciplinary research on emerging social and cultural trends in American society. Its focus is on the fine and performing arts, film, literature, architecture and broader culture, including religious, social, and political beliefs. The Center was established in 1988 with funding based on a gift from LeRoy and Janet Neiman and is associated with UCLA’s Department of Sociology.
The Foundation regularly receives and reviews proposals for grant requests. While the Foundation does not have rigid guidelines that determine groups that will receive funding, the information listed above gives a sense of the types of projects we support.
In reviewing grant proposals, the Foundation requires information regarding who will be served by the proposed grant, the percentage of the grant that will go directly to supporting arts programming and education, and what other organizations or programs are fulfilling arts education needs in the area where the grant seeker is based. We also consider requests relating to exhibitions and publications relevant to LeRoy Neiman’s life and work.
Grant applications should be submitted no less than nine months prior to the date that grant funding is needed.
Specifically, proposals for funding should include the following:
- A copy of the organization’s 501 ( c ) 3 ruling from the Internal Revenue Service
- A copy of the latest audited financial statements
- A copy of the latest form 990 filed with the Internal Revenue Service
- A letter describing the proposed project and the organization’s mission and goals and other funders
- The project’s budget
- The organization’s general operating budget
- Demographic information about the people served by the organization’s activities
Information may be submitted in paper form or digitally at:
info @ LeRoyNeimanFoundation.org
1 W. 67th St.
New York, NY 10023
The Foundation’s staff responds to grant requests four times a year.