From The Melvin & Bren Simon Director and CEO
Welcome! Thank you for visiting the Indianapolis Museum of Art’s website. I hope that you enjoy your online experience, and I invite you to our 152-acre campus to explore and engage with all that the IMA has to offer, including our galleries, Oldfields – Lilly House & Gardens, and The Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park.
For nearly 130 years, the IMA has been an important part of the cultural landscape of our city and is one of the 10 oldest and largest Museums in the nation. The Museum offers an encyclopedic collection of more than 54,000 works spanning 5,000 years, a vibrant calendar of public programs and events, exciting and engaging exhibitions, and much more. All of this is due, in large part, to the outstanding support of our community. We are most grateful for the generosity of our members and donors, past and present.
As we kick off 2014, we are looking forward to The Essential Robert Indiana, which runs February 16 through May 4. While you are here, don’t miss some of our smaller installations drawn from our permanent collection. Currently on view are Majestic African Textiles, an exhibition featuring more than 60 richly patterned and elaborately decorated textiles; and For America: Prints of the American Art-Union, an exhibition of engravings from 1839 to 1851 of major paintings at the time. Opening soon in the Efroymson Family Entrance Pavilion is Sopheap Pich: A Room, a 26-foot space inside bamboo strips hanging from the ceiling; and Julianne Swartz: How Deep is Your, unique interactive and participatory installations around the Museum.
The IMA invites visitors of all ages –from Indianapolis and beyond – to explore the connections between art, design, and the natural environment. Through welcoming, dynamic, and enriching experiences onsite and online, the museum is committed to serving the creative interests of its community and welcomes everyone to its vibrant and diverse venues and programs. I hope you will join us soon for a visit!
Dr. Charles L. Venable
The Melvin & Bren Simon Director and CEO