Why Give?

Your gift can make a difference

Your support of the Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art provides new opportunities for conceptual and critical thought. It allows us to continue to build, sustain, and display our growing collections. And it helps us instill a deep love for the arts in people everywhere. Thank you!

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Designating your gift

Keep reading for examples of and stories about the many ways you can give, such as supporting our art therapy and education programs or helping with exhibitions, acquisitions, or conservation.

Special exhibitions

When IU alumna Susan Thrasher joined a campus art tour during a visit in 2004, little did she know that she was beginning a long-standing relationship with art at IU. Susan’s desire to get art back into her life has led to support of the Eskenazi Museum of Art’s conservation fund, ongoing support of the Annual Fund, a position on the museum’s national advisory board, and an endowment supporting special exhibitions.

Special exhibitions are so important—critical—to the vibrancy of the museum.

Susan Thrasher, IU alumna and museum supporter

Give works of art

The museum received a transformative estate gift from painter, collector, and IU Professor Emeritus of Fine Arts William “Bill” Itter. The gift includes an exceptional collection of more than 500 objects such as African ceramics, textiles, and baskets. Itter and his late wife, Diane, a pioneering fiber artist whose work can be found in major museums across the United States and in Europe, began collecting in the 1970s. Attracted by the beauty of handmade ethnographic objects, the Itters were inspired to form an objects library that contributed to and reflected their studio and teaching disciplines.

The museum’s internationally recognized sub-Saharan African art collection is considered outstanding, and Itter’s gift greatly enhances these holdings. The gift also established the William and Diane Itter Museum of Art Conservation and Research Endowment, which will allow either the hire of an objects conservator or further research into the museum’s collections. The endowment portion of the gift was matched as part of the $3 billion For All: The Indiana University Bicentennial Campaign. A new objects viewing room, which will offer students opportunities for engaging directly with art, was also named in honor of Bill and Diane.

Give a gift of art

We’re always eager to talk with private donors and collectors about gifts of museum-quality paintings, works on paper, and objects. By giving a work of art, you ensure that it will be enjoyed by the public and receive the best care possible. Gifts of art are largely responsible for making the museum’s holdings among the finest university collections in the country.

Bill Itter with some of his collection.

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