The Everson Museum of Art in Syracuse, New York.

New York’s Everson Museum Gifted $4.8 Million

The Everson Museum of Art in Syracuse, New York, has received a donation of $4.8 million, one of the largest gifts ever made to a Syracuse arts organization. Longtime museum supporters and board members Paul Philips and Sharon Sullivan donated the money as part of the institution’s new $17 million capital campaign. The fundraising effort was announced in September as part of the fiftieth anniversary of its iconic I.M. Pei–designed building.

According to the museum, “The Everson. First and Forever.” campaign, chaired by Jessica Danial and Michael P. Falcone, aims to expand the museum’s influence as a creative and cultural hub within the city of Syracuse and will focus on five initiatives: establishing a center for ceramics, renovating the facility, organizing more exhibitions featuring underrecognized artists, developing community engagement initiatives, and boosting its endowment.

“This campaign is the most ambitious fundraising effort in our institution’s 120-year history,” said Elizabeth Dunbar, director and CEO of the Everson. “We have a vision for a vibrant future that ensures the institution will continue to make our world-class collections and exhibitions accessible and provide meaningful encounters with art forever.”