Letter from Dr. Charles L. Venable, The Melvin & Bren Simon Director and CEO, Summer 2014
Thank you for your commitment to support the IMA. Over the past year, the number of people giving to the IMA has increased by over 40 percent! While all members know how nice it is to get free tickets to exhibitions like Matisse, Life in Color and The Essential Robert Indiana, as well as discounts in the shop and Café, becoming an IMA member is really about investing in Indianapolis. Rather than a simple financial transaction, every member’s gift is just that—a philanthropic donation that ensures our wonderful city and state continue to have one of the world’s best cultural institutions for generations to come. Since the IMA’s founding in 1883, countless individuals like you have done their part in advancing this institution we all know and love. Over the past 130 years, we’ve worked hard to present great exhibitions and programs, as well as to provide meaningful educational opportunities, and we are working hard to make the IMA even more exciting. We also want others to join us in this effort, so ask your friends to become IMA members, too. The bigger the IMA family, the better our museum can be.
This issue really demonstrates what great things the IMA is doing right now. Inside are stories on two major upcoming exhibitions, Face to Face: The Neo-Impressionist Portrait, 1886–1904 and Georgia O’Keeffe and the Southwestern Still Life. Organized by the IMA, Face to Face premiered in Europe in the early spring and was a roaring success, and Indianapolis will be the first city to unveil O’Keeffe. These exhibitions are sure to be popular, so join us for the Member Preview Days before the public opening or use the members’ express line when you visit.
While at the IMA, be sure to see our new glass gallery, which is featured in an article this month. Masters of Contemporary Glass: Highlights from the Marilyn and Eugene Glick Collection salutes the Glicks as glass enthusiasts and longtime members who generously supported the IMA in many ways, including the donation of their well-known collection of contemporary glass art. We are most grateful to the Glicks, and other steadfast donors like them. Also highlighted in this issue are Kathi and Bob Postlethwait. The Postlethwaits’ long-standing dedication to the IMA and its mission is commendable, and I hope that you are inspired by their story.
There is just so much going on at the IMA that I cannot comment on it all here, so do not skip a page of your IMA Magazine. As part of the IMA family you are the first to learn about new exhibitions and staff members, as well as our terrific Affiliate groups and their work. Here you will even read about the happy honeybees in the IMA’s Tanner Orchard! Everyone is welcome at the IMA, even those that buzz around the gardens.
See you in the galleries and on the grounds.
Dr. Charles L. Venable
The Melvin & Bren Simon Director and CEO