The Cleveland Museum of Art has announced a gift of a hundred and fourteen works of art valued at more than $100 million from Joseph P. and Nancy F. Keithley.
The largest gift to the museum since a 1958 bequest from Leonard C. Hanna, Jr. includes ninety-seven works given as outright gifts and another seventeen that will enter the museum's collection at some point in the future. The collection includes Impressionist, post-Impressionist, and modern European and American paintings, drawings, and prints by artists such as Milton Avery, Pierre Bonnard, Georges Braque, Gustave Caillebotte, Henri-Edmond Cross, Maurice Denis, Joan Mitchell, Vilhelm Hammershøi, Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, Camille Pissarro, Félix Valloton, Edouard Vuillard, and Andrew Wyeth, as well as Chinese and Japanese ceramics.
The Keithleys are longtime supporters of CMA, with Nancy Keithley having served on the museum's board since 2001. In 2013, the couple established the Keithley Institute for Art History, a collaborative program of the museum and Case Western Reserve University designed to train future curators, scholars, museum directors, and academic leaders. An engineer by training, Joseph Keithley is former president, CEO, and chair of Keithley Instruments.
"Joe and I are thrilled to be giving back to our community," said Nancy Keithley. "It is important to us to share our collection with our fellow Northeast Ohioans, and we felt the Cleveland Museum of Art was a perfect home for the works of art we have assembled, cherished, and now joyfully make available to all."
"It would be difficult to overstate the impact of Joe and Nancy’s gift and promised gift," said CMA director William Griswold. "It is nothing short of transformative, and it will permanently enrich our holdings — and the visitor’s experience — across the institution, from our galleries of Asian art to those dedicated to Impressionism, post-Impressionism, and the twentieth century in Europe and this country."
(Photo credit: Georges Braque, The Port de l’Estaque, The Pier (1906), Cleveland Museum of Art)