The College of Arts and Sciences at Indiana University Bloomington has announced that it received a $1.5 million gift from an anonymous donor to endow the faculty chair position in the department of art history. The donation was made in honor of Roy Sieber, who during his more than thirty-year tenure at the university served as the curator of African art at the Eskenazi Museum of Art.
“This gift represents a transformative moment for our department of art history and for the entire College of Arts and Sciences,” said Larry Singell, executive dean of the college. “With the establishment of this new chair, Indiana University will vastly enrich and deepen its long-standing dedication to the study of African art, and in doing so, this chair will also serve as a remarkable way to honor the enduring memory and scholarship of Roy Sieber.”
Sieber, a former university professor and distinguished scholar, earned the first Ph.D. awarded in the study of African art at the university. During his tenure, he supervised more than thirty Ph.D. students pursuing study in African art history. He also served as associate director for collections and research at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African Art, authored multiple publications, and lectured extensively.