The Cleveland Institute of Art will name the atrium between its McCullough Center for the Visual Arts and an adjacent 80,000-square-foot addition under construction The Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Atrium.
The new atrium’s name speaks to the $1 million CIA received in the form of two $500,000 grants the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Foundation.
“The Mandel Foundation supports education and the arts in order to enrich the Cleveland community and we believe that the Cleveland Institute of Art makes a major contribution to our community,” foundation chairman Morton Mandel said in a prepared statement.
“Support of this magnitude is especially significant coming from this farsighted philanthropy with strong Cleveland roots,” said Grafton J. Nunes, the college’s president and CEO.
The new structure being built next to the McCullough aims to unify the CIA campus, bringing all of its majors and student services together in one location in University Circle’s Uptown district. Some departments now operate out of CIA’s George Gund Building on East Boulevard, while the remainder run out of McCullough. The East Boulevard building will be sold to the Cleveland Museum of Art and Case Western Reserve University.
The new building, largely financed by a $10 million donation from the Gund Foundation, also will be named after George Gund.
According to a CIA news release, the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Atrium will be a focal point of campus activity with a glass ceiling, 48 feet high at its peak; a cafe; and the setting for exhibitions of student and faculty artwork, group meetings, and social gatherings.