Gift of $5 million will support creation of new art gallery at York University

Art has always been a passion for Joan and Martin Goldfarb, and a significant part of their lives. Now they are contributing $5 million to build a new art gallery at York University, to help others find their own passion through art. The Joan and Martin Art Gallery of York University will be built on York University’s Keele campus, a structure that will solidify the university’s commitment to the visual arts.

“We hope the gallery will be a gathering place for people from all walks of life and different backgrounds,” says Joan Goldfarb. “We hope it will inspire the general community to learn about visual arts and visual language.”

The Goldfarbs previously invested $4.5 million in support of York’s School of the Arts, Media, Performance & Design. The Martin Goldfarb Centre for Fine Arts has, for many years, provided students with a place to hone their skills, connect with one another and reimagine the future.

“This gift will provide funds to build and establish the Joan and Martin Goldfarb Art Gallery of York University, which will create a focal point for the celebration of visual art to the benefit of communities within and beyond our campuses,” said Rhonda L. Lenton, president and vice-chancellor of York University.

The university will leverage the Goldfarbs’ contribution with an additional $3 million toward the new gallery.The new Joan and Martin Goldfarb Art Gallery of York University will be led by Jenifer Papararo, newly appointed Director/Curator.

Photo: Joan and Martin Goldfarb

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