An overview of Brown's gifts to The School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Through a series of gifts and bequests SAIC has become the primary repository of the personal, intellectual, and artistic effects of alumnus Roger Brown. Brown’s gifts and bequests to the School derive from his gratitude for the contributions of the School to his successful career, and his wish to perpetuate the creative process for successive generations of students and faculty. In addition to the Roger Brown Study Collection, a chronological list of Brown’s gifts to the School includes:
Roger Brown’s generosity to the School began in 1995 with his gift of his home, studio, and art collection in New Buffalo, Michigan. Designed by architect George Veronda, the Veronda Pavilion and the Roger Brown Studio and Guest House are modernist structures situated in a secluded, natural landscape between the Galien River and the beach front road. The Pavilion and Guest House contain furnishings designed by Veronda, and an outstanding art collection assembled by Brown, including works by contemporary artists, tribal sculpture and textiles, works by folk and self-taught artists, and iconic examples of Brown’s own work. The site is an integrated environment of art, architecture, and landscape architecture, and a collaborative work of George Veronda and Roger Brown. Brown’s intention for this gift was to provide an artists’ retreat for faculty, to facilitate the creation, study, and appreciation of art. The Studio, Pavilion and Guest House have been used since 1996 by SAIC faculty and full time staff, who may apply for two week residencies through the faculty enrichment and sabbatical programs. With this facility the School offers artists from the SAIC community an ideal counterpart to the stimulation of Chicago’s urban environment, at a secluded Lake Michigan retreat.