The Gerard B. Lambert Foundation has donated $1 million to RxArt to “continue their mission of transforming pediatric hospitals around the nation through contemporary art,” according to a press release. The donation is the single largest in the nonprofit’s history and will allow the organization to produce at least five major projects each year.
The donation was made in honor of Eliza Moore, who helped create RxArt 15 years ago, and went to the organization’s Eliza Moore Fund. Since the group has commissioned work for pediatric hospitals throughout the country by contemporary artists like Jeff Koons, Rob Pruitt, Urs Fischer, Laura Owens, and Sam Falls, among others. The director of Lambert Foundation, Alexander Forger, said in a statement that the group’s board members “appreciate the extraordinary projects undertaken to brighten the lives of hospitalized young people as well as giving encouragement to emerging artists. As Eliza joined with you in launching this program, we make this grant to honor her memory.”