Remembering Anthony J. Moravec

The Indiana University Eskenazi Museum of Art family is saddened to share the news of the death of Anthony J. “Tony” Moravec of Columbus, Indiana, on November 8, 2022. Tony was one of the most dedicated and generous donors in the museum’s history. He developed a close working relationship and, ultimately, a lasting friendship with the museum’s director emerita, Dr. Heidi Gealt. Together they created one of the most important collections of eighteenth-century Venetian drawings, featuring the work of Giambattista and Domenico Tiepolo, in any American university art museum. Tony gifted the collection to Indiana University in 2010.

Tony was chair of the museum’s National Advisory Board from 2007 to 2015, and he truly led by example. He co-funded the museum’s academic liaison position, the Andrew W. Mellon and Anthony J. Moravec University Experiences Manager, and he created an endowment in support of the museum’s art conservation department. He was an early supporter of the museum’s capital campaign as part of its recent renovation. In recognition of this gift, the museum named its new prints, drawings, and photographs gallery in honor of Tony.

Friends and colleagues will attest to Tony’s generosity. We have lost a true friend. Dr. Gealt aptly writes, “Tony was truly a kind, warmhearted, funny, generous, and loyal friend to many of us. His death leaves an empty space in our lives. Barry and I extend heartfelt condolences to those who knew and loved him, especially his family, which truly was the center of his amazing life.”

For more information about Tony's philanthropy, please see this article from The (Columbus) Republic.

About the IU Eskenazi Museum of Art

Since its establishment in 1941, the Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art has grown from a small university teaching collection into one of the most significant university art collections in the United States. A preeminent teaching museum on the Indiana University campus, its internationally acclaimed collection includes more than 45,000 objects representing nearly every art-producing culture throughout history from around the world.

The Eskenazi Museum of Art recently completed a $30 million renovation of its acclaimed I. M. Pei–designed building. The newly renovated museum is an enhanced teaching resource for Indiana University and southern Indiana. The museum is dedicated to engaging students, faculty, artists, scholars, alumni, and the wider public through the cultivation of new ideas and scholarship.

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