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Creating an Autoportrait: Justin Grange

Today's guest blogger is Justin Grange, budget, planning and procurement manager at the IMA.

Obscured beneath the simple words, numbers, shapes, and colors found in much of Robert Indiana’s work are essential memories and symbols of the artist’s life. Indiana’s visual vocabulary is encrypted with personal symbolism. This is particularly evident in his long series of Autoportraits.

To complement The Essential Robert Indiana, on view through May 4, the IMA invites visitors both on-site and online to Create Your Autoportrait using some of the same elements that Robert Indiana incorporates in to his. During the run of the exhibition, IMA staff members will be creating their own Autoportraits and blogging about it.

The third in this series features Justin Grange, the IMA’s budget, planning and procurement manager.

Like many of Robert Indiana’s “Autoportraits,” I’ve decided to make mine personal as it reflects the things that I am most proud of at one of the happiest times in my life thus far.


The 3 celebrates my third year working in my dream position with the Indianapolis Museum of Art. Most people don’t know this about me, but before I ventured into the professional world of Finance and Accounting, I was a fine arts student double majoring in painting and furniture design. Always curious how I would meld my artistic and business talents, the IMA provided the perfect opportunity and has allowed me to work within an industry in which I am truly passionate.

Justin Grange tackles Autoportraits and budgets at the IMA.

Justin Grange tackles Autoportraits and budgets at the IMA.

ROBIN and EMMA are my wife and daughter. The two most important ladies in my life, they have played and continue to play a big role in shaping who I am today.

The numbers 112 and 909 reflect the date of November 29, 2009. This was the day that a new chapter began in my life, my daughter’s birthday. A day full of emotions (love, hope, excitement, confusion, fear), I never really felt grown up until I realized I was going to be responsible for bringing up another human being; but each day since has been an exciting challenge full of surprises and happiness.

FISHERS is the community where our family has planted roots and where many memories have been formed. We now refer to Fishers as our home and share in that experience with family, friends, and great neighbors.

Crimson and Cream are the colors of my alma mater, Indiana University. GO HOOSIERS! Orange just happens to be my favorite color as it’s warm, but also fiery, exciting, and energetic all at the same time. If I could paint any color as a representation of my personality, it would be orange.

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