Letter from Dr. Charles L. Venable, The Melvin & Bren Simon Director and CEO, Fall 2014
There’s so much to enjoy in this issue of the IMA Magazine. Highlights include stories on the exhibition Georgia O’Keeffe and the Southwestern Still Life, our monumental and colorful acquisition by Roy Lichtenstein, and several new faces you will start seeing at the Museum. However, a thread throughout that particularly struck me is about volunteering at the IMA.
As members, you know that the IMA is a very big place. We have the 660,000-square-foot main building, the 52-acre Oldfields–Lilly House & Gardens estate, and The Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park: 100 Acres. In addition, there are the Miller House and Garden in Columbus and the director’s residence, Westerley, along with a host of other buildings on campus. Each day about 300 full- and part-time employees do their part to maintain the beauty of all these facilities and provide exceptional programming for our visitors. But like many beloved museums and cultural attractions around the country, the job is so big that there is no way our staff can do everything. That’s where our trusted volunteers come in!
In all, the IMA has approximately 645 volunteers who donate more than 30,000 hours each year. Volunteers help in the Madeline F. Elder Greenhouse and our beautiful gardens, caring for thousands of plants. They assist in the conservation science lab, registration, curatorial, public programs, administrative offices, and the library. Our Governors and Life Trustees are volunteers, and if you ever take a tour with one of our terrific docents, you are being guided by a volunteer.
As the IMA expands its public programs and enhances its gardens and parkland, it can only do so in large part because of our growing number of loyal volunteers. So be sure to contact us if you would like to learn more about joining their ranks.
I want to take this opportunity to express my gratitude to everyone who gives to the IMA, including those who volunteer their time, skill, and enthusiasm. Without your dedication, we simply could not achieve all we do in service to our community and the world beyond.
Dr. Charles L. Venable
The Melvin & Bren Simon Director and CEO