Letter from Dr. Charles L. Venable, The Melvin & Bren Simon Director and CEO, Winter 2015
2015 is here and exciting things are in the air at the IMA! Thanks to a generous grant from the Efroymson Family Fund at the Central Indiana Community Foundation, our ARTx series of innovative programs has begun and will continue throughout the year. Staged inside and out, highlights include Winter Nights, MLK Community Day, Okee Dokee Brothers Family Day, ART x FIT, and an expanded Perennial Premiere. Art and nature truly meet at the IMA!
While we unveil in our galleries the transformative work of conservators, partner with The Henry Luce Foundation to digitally photograph thousands of pieces of American art for inclusion on our website, and make final plans for our amazing summer exhibition, Dream Cars: Innovative Design, Visionary Ideas, we are busy outdoors too. Planning for spring in the Gene and Rosemary Tanner Orchard is happening now. We will continue to educate visitors about cultivating fruits and vegetables, and to provide hundreds of pounds of produce to food pantries. A new partnership with the Indianapolis Zoo will now allow hungry elephants to enjoy the IMA’s bounty as well. You will also have to take a pleasurable stroll in the gardens to visit the Lilly House and our new exhibition Tiffany, Gorham, and the Height of American Silver, 1840–1930, featuring masterpieces from some of the world’s best silver makers.
As you enjoy all these opportunities, you will also notice work being done around the campus to improve your experience at the IMA. For example, since people often do not enter the Museum building before walking out into the gardens, we have diculty greeting our visitors and making sure they know about all the wonderful things they can do on our campus each day. Having learned from other great public gardens, we are going to correct this problem by guiding visitors to our front door to improve their IMA stay. A new “Garden Path” from the Efroymson Family Entrance Pavilion will then guide you out into nature while informing you of the adventures that lay ahead. By spring, improved signage will make your perambulations on the grounds easier, while a trip on our new garden tram will add an extra level of excitement to your exploration of our vast campus.
So despite a chill in the air, you will not want to miss a thing at the IMA this winter as we all await the other exciting features that will appear at the IMA this spring.
Dr. Charles L. Venable
The Melvin & Bren Simon Director and CEO