Wednesday, June 16, 1999

CAC named for Rosenthals

$5M in gifts puts arts goal in sight

The Cincinnati Enquirer

Lois and Richard Rosenthal announce their donation to the CAC.
(Thomas E. Witte photo)
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        The Contemporary Art Center's new home has a name: the Lois and Richard Rosenthal Center for Contemporary Art.

        With the announcement Tuesday of a $4 million addition to their previous gift of $1 million, the Rosenthals become the largest donors to the Con temporary Arts Center in its 60-year history, CAC director Charles Desmaris said.

        Architect Zaha Hadid joined the Rosenthals on Tuesday for the announcement of the name for the building, to be built at the northwest corner of Sixth and Walnut streets, downtown.

        “Both Lois and I, with the gift-giving that we do, like to make a difference, and we think that clearly this museum, this wonderful piece of architecture, is going to make a significant difference in what downtown Cincinnati looks like.”

A photomontage of the new Contemporary Arts Center shows how it will look on the corner of Sixth and Walnut Streets downtown.

| About the new CAC museum |
        “Dick and I have always been interested in art that takes chances, whether it's literature or painting or architecture,” Mrs. Rosenthal said. “It was our particular pleasure to give this gift to an organization that takes chances with beautiful art, risky art.”

        The gift comes a month after Mr. Rosenthal announced his intention to sell the family-owned company, F&W Publishing, to devote his time to charitable causes. The Rosenthals have a long history of community activity and philanthropy, including the FreeStore/FoodBank, Playhouse in the Park, the Cincinnati Art Museum and the Rosey Reader program in Cincinnati Public Schools.

        With this gift, the CAC has raised $21.5 million of the $27.5 million to build the center, to be complete by the end of 2001. With 70 percent of the funding in place, the CAC has set a “stretch goal” of $30.3 million, to expand the endowment and add enhancements to the building.


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