Support for Acquisitions


If you are interested in helping the museum obtain important works of art, you can help.

Funding from donors allows the Eskenazi Museum of Art to strategically acquire important works in a thoughtful, inclusive way that reflects the best interests of the museum and our audiences.

Donor Spotlight: Donald Griffin Jr and Nicole Griffin

In 2015, Bloomington natives Donald Griffin Jr. and Nicole Griffin had an idea that has since turned into an ongoing initiative to increase the museum’s holdings of artworks by African American artists. Together they created a coalition of local leaders with the shared desire to help better represent Black culture at the museum.

The group initially funded three new acquisitions of work, which immediately had an impact on visitors. During a tour for first-generation college students, one freshman who was captivated by Kerry James Marshall’s print Untitled (Handsome Young Man) said, “I’ve never seen anyone who looks like me in a museum before.”

By uniting a group of community members behind a common cause, the Griffins are harnessing the power of collective giving to make a real difference at IU and in the Bloomington community.