Press Releases

Below is a collection of recent press releases. If you are looking for something older, please visit the Archived Releases page. For additional questions, contact media@imamuseum.org.

Indianapolis Museum of Art appoints Shelley Selim as curator of design & decorative arts

INDIANAPOLIS, June 21, 2016 — The Indianapolis Museum of Art has appointed Shelley M. Selim as the associate curator of design & decorative arts. In this role, Selim will manage and grow the IMA’s significant collection of decorative arts and contemporary design objects, and provide curatorial oversight for the IMA’s two historic homes: Miller House and Garden in Columbus, Indiana, and the Lilly House on the IMA’s main campus Read More

Soak up the summer at the Indianapolis Museum of Art

INDIANAPOLIS, June 1, 2016 —Celebrate the great outdoors this summer at the Indianapolis Museum of Art! Tee off at the new artist-designed Mini Golf course, tour the colorful gardens with an IMA horticultural expert and enjoy a film under the stars at The National Bank of Indianapolis Summer Nights Film Series. The IMA continues its work to enhance the gardens and embrace its unique natural resources. Summer brings new programs such as Day of Flight and special tram tours with IMA Garden Guides. Read More

Indianapolis Museum of Art to pay off more than $17 million in debt this fall

INDIANAPOLIS, May 19, 2016—The Indianapolis Museum of Art announced yesterday at the 133rd Annual Meeting that it will pay off more than $17 million in outstanding debt by the end of 2016. This will mark the first time since 2004 that the IMA will have a debt portfolio of less than $100 million. Currently, the IMA spends approximately $3.5 million each year on interest payments. Read More

IMA Board extends CEO’s contract

INDIANAPOLIS, April 5, 2016 — The Board of Governors at the Indianapolis Museum of Art announced today that Dr. Charles L. Venable and the Board have signed an employment agreement which provides for Venable to continue to serve for up to 10 more years as The Melvin & Bren Simon Director and CEO. Venable joined the IMA in October 2012 under a five-year contract. Read More

Play with art at the IMA’s new mini golf course

INDIANAPOLIS, March 29, 2016 — The Indianapolis Museum of Art will tee off its summer season on May 6 with a new interactive art experience— an artist-designed putt-putt course set within the beauty of the IMA campus. Mini Golf at the IMA combines original art with playful competition. The course, located on the IMA’s Alliance Sculpture Court, features 18 holes designed by local and regional artists. In honor of Indiana’s 2016 Bicentennial, each hole is inspired by Indiana history, heritage and landmarks. Guests will putt through covered bridges and Indiana farmland, former city landmarks and amusement parks, and even a reproduction of Kurt Vonnegut’s office on this one-of-a-kind course. Read More

Hoosier artists featured in new Bicentennial exhibition at IMA

INDIANAPOLIS, March 23, 2016 — The Indianapolis Museum of Art will celebrate the work of T.C. Steele, Robert Indiana, Michael Graves, Bill Blass, and other Hoosier artists in the upcoming exhibition, 19 Stars of Indiana Art: A Bicentennial Celebration. The largest of the IMA’s Bicentennial exhibitions, 19 Stars of Indiana Art will take guests through 200 years of Indiana history and present the accomplishments of 19 artists who were born in Indiana, such as Steele, Indiana, Graves and Blass, along with those were raised or worked in Indiana. Read More

The IMA blooms like never before this spring

INDIANAPOLIS, March 10, 2016 — Step into spring at the Indianapolis Museum of Art and experience a dazzling display of color across the IMA campus. Guests to the gardens will be among the first to discover more than 70,000 blooming bulbs, including 20,000 new tulips planted last fall by IMA horticulturists. Explore the gardens and historic Oldfields estate with a narrated tour on the garden tram, The Late Miss Kate, given in memory of Kate Sutphin. Tours with IMA garden guides are offered every weekend beginning March 26. Read More

New exhibition at the Indianapolis Museum of Art showcases animated paintings by Dutch artist Jacco Olivier

INDIANAPOLIS, March 4, 2016 —Colorful paintings transform into mesmerizing video animations in the Indianapolis Museum of Art’s exhibition, Jacco Olivier: Liquid Painting, Liquid Time, now on display in the June M. McCormack Forefront Galleries. Read More

IMA celebrates Hoosier quilt maker in new Bicentennial exhibition

INDIANAPOLIS, March 1, 2016 – The Indianapolis Museum of Art will continue its celebration of Indiana’s Bicentennial this week with A Joy Forever: Marie Webster Quilts, which opens March 4 in the Gerald and Dorit Paul Galleries. Read More

Indianapolis Museum of Art inducted into FRench American Museum Exchange (FRAME)

INDIANAPOLIS, Jan. 28, 2016– The Indianapolis Museum of Art announced today that it has joined 29 exceptional museums in France, the United States and Canada as a member of the FRench American Museum Exchange (FRAME), a consortium of leading museums that promotes international cultural exchange between France and North America. FRAME museums include the Cleveland Museum of Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts and Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in North America, and Musée des Beaux-Arts de Bordeaux, Musée des Beaux-Arts de Dijon, Musée de Grenoble and Palais des Beaux-Arts de Lille in France. 22 other significant museums complete the dynamic group. Read More

IMA to host stunning orchid exhibition next month

INDIANAPOLIS, Jan. 22, 2015– Winter is in full swing, but flowers are blooming at the Indianapolis Museum of Art. Step into spring with the new Color Me Orchid exhibition, a vibrant and stunning display of orchids in the IMA’s Madeline F. Elder Greenhouse from Feb. 19 through March 13. The exhibition will pay homage to the brilliant colors, shapes and pattern of orchids, while also highlighting their history and connection to the IMA. Read More

IMA announces top acquisitions of 2015

INDIANAPOLIS, Jan. 15, 2016— The Indianapolis Museum of Art announced today the top acquisitions of 2015. The IMA’s encyclopedic collection of more than 54,000 works of art is constantly evolving. Each year, the Museum acquires new works to enhance its diverse holdings. Read More

Escape the winter chill at the Indianapolis Museum of Art

INDIANAPOLIS, Jan. 8, 2016 — Escape the cold and explore new exhibitions and programs this winter at the Indianapolis Museum of Art. Step into a stunning floral paradise with the Color Me Orchid exhibition. View mesmerizing videos of vistas from around the world with Mariam Ghani + Erin Ellen Kelly: Water, Land, City. Watch celebrated classic films and awe-inspiring musical performances in The Toby. Sample culinary delights, play with puppets and try your hand at woodblock printmaking with interactive programming all winter long. Read More

Indianapolis Museum of Art appoints Jonathan Wright as new Ruth Lilly Deputy Director for Horticulture and Natural Resources

INDIANAPOLIS, Jan. 6, 2016— Dr. Charles L. Venable, the IMA’s Melvin & Bren Simon Director & CEO, announced today that Jonathan M. Wright has been named the institution’s Ruth Lilly Deputy Director for Horticulture and Natural Resources following a national search. Read More

IMA celebrates Indiana’s 2016 Bicentennial with special exhibitions and programming all year long

INDIANAPOLIS, Dec. 16, 2015— In honor of Indiana’s 2016 Bicentennial, the Indianapolis Museum of Art will offer special exhibitions and programming throughout the year that celebrate Indiana’s cultural and artistic legacy. Highlights include a screening of the iconic sports film, Hoosiers, an artist-designed mini golf course themed around Indiana landmarks and a major exhibition celebrating the accomplishments of Indiana artists such as Robert Indiana, Bill Blass and Michael Graves. Read More

Indianapolis Museum of Art announces record high membership

INDIANAPOLIS, Nov. 18, 2015 – The Indianapolis Museum of Art announced today that membership has reached an all-time high of over 15,000 households. “I am so grateful for the support of our community, and I am energized and inspired to watch our IMA family grow,” said Dr. Charles L. Venable, the IMA’s Melvin & Bren Simon Director and CEO. Read More

The holidays have arrived at the Indianapolis Museum of Art

INDIANAPOLIS, Nov. 13, 2015 — Celebrate the season with friends and family at the Indianapolis Museum of Art, where art and nature combine to create an unforgettable holiday experience. Read More

IMA announces 2016 Winter Nights Film Series

INDIANAPOLIS, Nov. 10, 2015– Cozy up and enjoy classic films from throughout the decades at the Indianapolis Museum of Art’s 2016 Winter Nights Film Series. Film screenings are every Friday night, Jan. 8 through March 4, at 8 p.m. in The Toby. Themed pre-show programming, ranging from trivia contests to musical performances, will be offered prior to each film beginning at 7 p.m. Pre-show programming is part of the IMA‘s ARTx series, made possible by a gift from the Efroymson Family Fund. Read More

IMA inaugurates Distinguished Service Awards

INDIANAPOLIS, Oct. 23, 2015 — The Indianapolis Museum of Art presented the inaugural Distinguished Service Awards last night at the annual Founders Day celebration. The award honors volunteer leaders for their lifetime achievement and contributions to the Museum through exemplary leadership, support and service. Read More

New exhibition offers behind-the-scenes look at IMA artworks

INDIANAPOLIS, Oct. 12, 2015 — A new exhibition at the Indianapolis Museum of Art offers a never-before-seen side of the Museum’s collection. On the Flip Side: Secrets on the Backs of Paintings provides a rare 360 degree view of five paintings by American and European artists, including works by Indiana painters T.C. Steele and Wayman Adams. The backs of paintings often contain important details about the history, composition and condition of the work. Read More

IMA introduces Teen Arts Council to engage younger audience

INDIANAPOLIS, Oct. 5, 2015 – The Indianapolis Museum of Art has launched its first-ever Teen Arts Council, made possible by the support of Bob and Toni Bader and The Indianapolis Foundation, a CICF affiliate. The Council is also supported by funds raised during the Museum’s 2014 Monster Drawing Rally. Read More

IMA hosts runway fashion show next month

INDIANAPOLIS, Sept. 28, 2015 – The Indianapolis Museum of Art will host Project IMA: Cutting Loose, the fourth in a series of runway fashion shows, on Friday, Oct. 9 at 8 p.m. in The Toby. This signature event will feature one-of-a-kind creations from local, regional and national artists and fashion designers.

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Large-scale installation by sculptor Richard Wentworth premieres at IMA next week

INDIANAPOLIS, Sept. 18, 2015 – Next week, the Indianapolis Museum of Art will unveil renowned sculptor Richard Wentworth’s largest site-specific installation in North America. Read More

Autumn brings new ways to experience art and nature at IMA

INDIANAPOLIS, Sept. 15, 2015 — The changing of the seasons brings new experiences to the Indianapolis Museum of Art. Marvel at the fall foliage in the gardens, stock up on bulbs for fall planting and watch original fashion designs glide down the runway. Read More

Indianapolis Museum of Art and American Alliance of Museums announce the release of Rights & Reproductions: The Handbook for Cultural Institutions

INDIANAPOLIS, and WASHINGTON, Sept. 1, 2015— The Indianapolis Museum of Art (IMA) and American Alliance of Museums (AAM) announced today the release of the much-anticipated publication, Rights & Reproductions: The Handbook for Cultural Institutions. The release marks the culmination of the two-year National Leadership Grant awarded to the IMA by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) in Sept. 2013.

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IMA to host North America’s first-ever MuseumNext conference

INDIANAPOLIS, Aug. 24, 2015 – The Indianapolis Museum of Art will host the first MuseumNext conference in North America on Sept. 25-26, 2015 to discuss the future of museums and demonstrate best practices within the field.

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IMA hosts solo exhibitions of four local artists in conjunction with Michelle Grabner: Weaving Life into Art

INDIANAPOLIS, Aug. 21, 2015− The Indianapolis Museum of Art will host solo exhibitions featuring four local artists in conjunction with the current exhibition, Michelle Grabner: Weaving Life into Art.

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Gary Stoppelman Appointed as New Deputy Director for Marketing and External Affairs of the Indianapolis Museum of Art

INDIANAPOLIS, IN, August 12, 2015— Dr. Charles L. Venable, The Melvin & Bren Simon Director and CEO of the Indianapolis Museum of Art, announced today that Gary Stoppelman has been named the Museum’s Deputy Director for Marketing and External Affairs following an extensive search.

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IMA exhibition displays works by Living National Treasures

INDIANAPOLIS, July 29, 2015 – Centuries-old traditions blend with the innovative techniques and eye-catching designs of today in the IMA’s upcoming exhibition, Tradition Reborn: Contemporary Japanese Ceramics, opening at the Museum on July 31.

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IMA features works of renowned woodblock printmaker, Gustave Baumann, in fall 2015

INDIANAPOLIS, July 1, 2015 – The Indianapolis Museum of Art will celebrate an important part of Hoosier history with the upcoming special exhibition, Gustave Baumann, German Craftsman – American Artist, featuring 104 works by the renowned woodblock printmaker. The exhibition will open Oct. 25 in the IMA’s Allen Whitehill Clowes Special Exhibition Gallery and will be included with general admission and free for IMA members.

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IMA gives mid-century Modernist masterpiece 21st-century treatment

INDIANAPOLIS, June 24, 2015— The Indianapolis Museum of Art has unveiled a new online archival collection for Miller House and Garden, one of the nation’s most highly regarded mid-century Modernist residences. Located in Columbus, Ind. and open for scheduled tours, the site is one of two National Historic Landmarks owned by the IMA.

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Explore the great outdoors this summer at the IMA

INDIANAPOLIS, June 12, 2015 — Discover 152-acres of art, adventure and awe-inspiring natural beauty this summer at the Indianapolis Museum of Art. Stroll through lush gardens on a historic Country Place Era estate, picnic beneath a giant brushstroke, get gardening tips from the experts at the Madeline F. Elder Greenhouse, and go for a hike in The Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park: 100 Acres.

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IMA hosts contemporary artist Michelle Grabner’s first solo exhibition at an encyclopedic museum

INDIANAPOLIS, May 18, 2015— From abstract paintings and paper weavings to multimedia sculptures and video, contemporary art, football and family converge in the Indianapolis Museum of Art’s new exhibition featuring American artist Michelle Grabner. Opening May 22 in the June M. McCormack Forefront Galleries, Michelle Grabner: Weaving Life into Art is Grabner’s first solo exhibition in an encyclopedic museum. The exhibition will be accompanied by unique programming designed to engage the local arts community, including an opportunity for students to share their artwork with Grabner and learn from her expertise.

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IMA Announces 2015-2016 Performing Artist in Residence

INDIANAPOLIS, May 11, 2015— The Indianapolis Museum of Art has announced its first-ever performing artist in residence, Know No Stranger, a local artist collective comprised of illustrators, writers, puppeteers, comedians and musicians.

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Indianapolis Museum of Art partners with St. Mary’s Child Center to offer preschool education

INDIANAPOLIS, April 28, 2015— Through a partnership with St. Mary’s Child Center, the Indianapolis Museum of Art (IMA) will expand its academic programming by offering a preschool for 3-to 5-year-olds. The program will be the first encyclopedic art museum preschool in the country. It is also the first museum preschool with a goal of supporting half of the students with full scholarships subsidized through grants and/or voucher support. The IMA is currently seeking philanthropic support to reach the goal of 8 scholarships in the first year.

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IMA unveils 2015 lineup for The National Bank of Indianapolis Summer Nights Film Series

INDIANAPOLIS, April 23, 2015— Nearly four decades after the series kicked off in 1976, The National Bank of Indianapolis Summer Nights Film Series continues to offer one of Indy’s most unique outdoor film experiences, set against a backdrop of art, nature and a starry sky.

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Breaking all the rules: IMA exhibition showcases avant-garde styles from fashion pioneers

INDIANAPOLIS, April 9, 2015— From the glamorous evening gowns of the 1930s to the androgynous fashions of the ‘60s to the punk rock-inspired street wear of the ‘90s, trendsetting styles from the last century will be showcased in the IMA’s newest fashion exhibition, Cutting-Edge Fashion: Recent Acquisitions, opening next week in the Museum’s Gerald and Dorit Paul Galleries.

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IMA gears up for admission policy change on April 7

INDIANAPOLIS, April 2, 2015— On April 7, the Indianapolis Museum of Art will shift from à la carte pricing for special exhibitions and parking to a single general admission ticket. While members will continue to enter free of charge, the new admission ticket will grant non- members access to the IMA’s 52-acre upper campus, including the Museum galleries and special exhibitions such as Dream Cars: Innovative Design, Visionary Ideas, along with the surrounding gardens and Oldfields-Lilly House & Gardens.

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Silver exhibition to dazzle Lilly House visitors next month

INDIANAPOLIS, March 9, 2015— When Lilly House opens for a new season on April 1, the historic mansion—the cornerstone of the Indianapolis Museum of Art‘s 52-acre Oldfields Estate—will be the site for a unique showcase of American history.

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Indianapolis Museum of Art appoints curator of special projects

INDIANAPOLIS, Feb. 17, 2015— The Indianapolis Museum of Art announced today that Dr. Annette D. Schlagenhauff, the IMA’s associate curator for research, has been promoted to a newly created position indicative of the Museum’s commitment to exhibitions and projects focused on disseminating new findings based on research of the permanent collection.

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Warmer days ahead: IMA summer camp registration now open

INDIANAPOLIS, Jan. 22, 2015— Is your family dreaming of warm, sunny days amidst the winter chill? Get a jump start on your summer planning and choose from over 30 day camps offered at the Indianapolis Museum of Art from June 15 through July 24, 2015.

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IMA visitors become art in interactive sculptures by Erwin Wurm

INDIANAPOLIS, Dec. 30, 2014— Museum visitors will become the subjects of irreverent, participatory sculptures starting next month at the Indianapolis Museum of Art with the exhibition, Erwin Wurm: Euclidean Exercises.

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Indianapolis Museum of Art launches monthly Family Days

INDIANAPOLIS, Dec. 29, 2014— The first Saturday of the month will be transformed into a day of exploration, adventure and play with the Indianapolis Museum of Art’s new Family Day series, debuting Jan. 3.

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IMA announces new campus enhancement plan to improve visitor experience and financial sustainability

INDIANAPOLIS, Dec. 12, 2014— The Indianapolis Museum of Art (IMA) announced today new strategies that will focus on enhancing visitor experiences and long-term financial stability. The comprehensive strategies will create changes to the museum to foster new and diverse programming for all audiences, renovations to IMA facilities and campus, and long-lasting relationships with IMA guests.

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IMA rings in the New Year with glitz, glamour & “a big reveal”

INDIANAPOLIS, Dec. 3, 2014— A soaring three-story party hall, bartenders from some of Indy’s hottest restaurants serving up signature concoctions, world-renowned galleries to explore, international cuisine to enjoy, and open bars all night long— strap on your dancing shoes and get ready for an evening of glitz, glamour and revelry at New Year’s Eve at the IMA presented by The Penrod Society.

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Celebrate the season at the Indianapolis Museum of Art

INDIANAPOLIS, Nov. 26, 2014 — The Indianapolis Museum of Art is the place to be this holiday season with classic family traditions and festive new programming to round out any winter itinerary.

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IMA unveils new ARTx series

INDIANAPOLIS, Nov. 7, 2014 — Indianapolis Museum of Art is excited to announce the inventive new ARTx series, made possible with a $1 million gift from The Efroymson Family Fund, a fund of Central Indiana Community Foundation (CICF).

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Historic Dream Cars roll into the world’s racing capital

INDIANAPOLIS, Oct. 23, 2014 — A new type of motor spectacle is coming to Indianapolis next spring. Dream Cars: Innovative Design, Visionary Ideas, a major exhibition featuring rare concept cars from the early 1930s to the 21st century, will open May 3, 2015, at the IMA.

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Three unique ways to experience American Modernism this fall at the IMA

INDIANAPOLIS, Oct. 17, 2014 — From the colorful pochoirs of Man Ray to the iconic flowers of Georgia O’Keeffe, the IMA is celebrating American Modernism this fall with three new exhibitions reflecting the styles, influences and artists of this 20th century avant-garde movement.

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IMA announces lineup for 2015 Winter Nights Film Series

INDIANAPOLIS, Oct. 15, 2014 — The rekindling of long lost love, odysseys across wild landscapes and adventures to uncover hidden treasures are a few of the incredible journeys found in the IMA’s sixth annual Winter Nights Film Series.

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New Year’s Eve at the IMA brings new surprises, exciting reveals

INDIANAPOLIS, Oct. 7, 2014 — Trendy libations, exclusive performances and inventive new spaces are just a few of the perks that partygoers can experience at the third annual New Year’s Eve at the IMA presented by The Penrod Society.

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New IMA programming gives visitors a unique way to experience the Museum

INDIANAPOLIS, Sept. 23, 2014 — Inventive variety shows, local art rallies, exclusive tasting parties and more films (both good and bad!) are just a few of the things visitors can expect to see this fall at the Indianapolis Museum of Art.

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IMA to present captivating works by video pioneer Bill Viola

INDIANAPOLIS, Sept. 15, 2014 — The Indianapolis Museum of Art announced today an exhibition of works by the world-renowned video pioneer Bill Viola.

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Kim Gattle appointed as Deputy Director for Institutional Advancement at the IMA

INDIANAPOLIS, July 24, 2014 — This new addition to the Indianapolis Museum of Art’s senior leadership team will assist in building a more secure financial foundation for the institution, according to Dr. Charles L. Venable, The Melvin & Bren Simon Director and CEO of the Indianapolis Museum of Art.

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IMA Acquires Monumental Work by Pop artist Roy Lichtenstein

INDIANAPOLIS, June 30, 2014 — The Indianapolis Museum of Art has acquired Five Brushstrokes, a monumental work by Roy Lichtenstein, commissioned in the early 1980s but never before assembled. The work will be unveiled in its completion for the first time this August at the IMA.

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IMA to Present the Works of Georgia O΄Keeffe and her Contemporaries

INDIANAPOLIS, June 26, 2014 — An exhibition featuring the works of Georgia O’Keeffe and her contemporaries will open in the Allen Whitehill Clowes Special Exhibition Gallery at the Indianapolis Museum of Art on Nov. 2, 2014. Georgia O’Keeffe and the Southwestern Still Life tells the story of the Southwest as seen through the eyes of the artists who lived there.

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IMA Announces New Board of Governors Chair, Members

INDIANAPOLIS, June 11, 2014 — The Indianapolis Museum of Art (IMA) announced that Thomas Hiatt, founding partner of Centerfield Capital, will succeed June McCormack as chair of the IMA Board of Governors.

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