College of DuPage Foundation Recipient of Cleve Carney Memorial Gift

Cleve Carney

By Brian Kleemann

The College of DuPage Foundation has been named a recipient of memorial gifts made in memory of the late Cleve Carney.

A DuPage County native and Glen Ellyn resident, Carney – who passed away on July 31 – was an avid art collector who took an interest in new and upcoming artists, embracing both the work and the individuals behind their creations. His extensive philanthropic endeavors included serving as board president for the DuPage Community Foundation and serving on the boards of the Collectors Forum at the Museum of Contemporary Art and the Society for Contemporary Art at the Art Institute of Chicago.

In 2012, Carney provided the Foundation with a gift consisting of a $700,000 donation and a gift in kind of artwork that, once appraised, will total approximately $1 million. The funds are being used to establish the Cleve Carney Art Gallery in the McAninch Arts Center and the Cleve Carney Art Gallery Endowment Fund.

“It was approximately one year ago that we had the honor of celebrating here at College of DuPage Cleve Carney’s birthday and his lifelong passion for the arts,” said Cathy Brod, College of DuPage Vice President of Development.  “I am so very glad he had the opportunity to experience all the love, appreciation and respect from his family, friends, fellow art patrons and artists who attended this celebration of his vigorous lifetime of achievement, community involvement and passion.”

Carney designated College of DuPage as one of two institutions where people could make memorial gifts in his memory. For more information, click here to visit the Foundation web site, call the College of DuPage Foundation at (630) 942-2462 or email fdnnews@cod.edu.

“Cleve Carney’s gift of $700,000 toward the creation of the Cleve Carney Art Gallery, as well as a significant component of his own personal collection, will allow us to share regional and national contemporary artists with our students and the community,” said College of DuPage President Robert L. Breuder. “His generous spirit and love of art has made, and will continue to make, a significant impact on this institution and the greater region. He will be missed. Our hearts go out to the Carney family during this time of loss.”