CLEVELAND -- Philanthropist Peter B. Lewis has donated $5 million to the Cleveland Institute of Art to support its construction of a building to complete a campus unification project.
It's the largest gift from an individual in CIA's 130 year history. The CIA will name the auditorium in the new building the Peter B. Lewis Theater in recognition of the generous gift. Lewis is Chairman of the Cleveland-based Progressive Corporation.
The 91,000 square foot new building will also be the new home of the Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque as well as its biomedical and digital arts programs, art galleries and offices.
"We are thrilled to receive this wonderful gift, not only because it represents a strong endorsement of our vision for a unified campus from this nationally known philanthropist with deep Cleveland roots, but also because it acknowledges the efforts of our University Circle neighbors in developing the Uptown project into a national model of culture and commerce," explains Grafton J. Nunes, CIA's president and CEO. The Uptown development is a complex of rental residences, restaurants, and retail anchored at one end by the new MOCA Cleveland and at the other end by the Cleveland Institute of Art.