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Roy Minoff

December 9, 2021

Supporter Roy Minoff (center) with June Scharf (right) and Colleen Russell Criste, deputy director and chief philanthropy officer, celebrating the installation of the upgraded sound system in Gartner Auditorium


Roy Minoff’s generous support of the museum was inspired by his father, Sam. A unique philanthropic opportunity joined his love of music with the Cleveland Museum of Art.

How did you become involved with the museum?

My father traveled a great deal, and during my childhood he exposed me to artists like sculptor Louise Nevelson, which deepened my interest in the arts. I respect my father—an amazing guy—and what he supports, I believe in too. Through the sale of our family business, Kichler Lighting,  I was able to do even more for the organizations I was already supporting, including the Cleveland Museum of Art.

As a member of the Contemporary Art Society who serves in a volunteer leadership position, how has participation in an affinity group enhanced your experience?

I thrive alongside others who enjoy the same pursuits and have similar interests in art. I have had more opportunities to see a variety of art, even during the pandemic. I feel more engaged and have a better understanding of the museum.

Do you have a favorite work in the contemporary collection? What makes it resonate with you?

Through my business, I spent a lot of time in Mexico and the area of Ciudad Juárez. The recent acquisition El Manto Negro/The Black Shroud reminds me of that place. I like the deep meaning that touches on tragedy, so it has depth beyond just being attractive. Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors tops my list of memorable exhibitions, as well as Cai Guo-Qiang: Cuyahoga River Lightning, which featured three monumental gunpowder works by Chinese artist Cai Guo-Qiang, and Ai Weiwei: Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads.

What inspired you to support the new Gartner Auditorium sound system? 

I play in two bands (now mainly for my personal enjoyment), so I’ve always been interested in audio components to enhance the listener’s experience. The right system can make all the difference in a performance. So when I learned of the opportunity to support the sound system upgrade, it was a project I was pleased to get behind.