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Congratulations, Katie Neville – You Can Blog!

A few months ago, the blog team had an idea; we wanted to open up the IMA blog to a member of the public in order to present an ‘outside’ perspective of the Museum. After a little brainstorming, the “So You Think You Can Blog” contest was born. Dozens of potential bloggers submitted to the contest.  5 finalists were chosen. And our blog readers chose 1 winner – Katie Neville. Congratulations!

THANK YOU to all our blogger candidates. It was fascinating to read your perspectives on the museum experience. We really appreciate your willingness to participate and share.

THANK YOU to all of our blog readers that voted. The poll got record-breaking participation. In fact, on Wednesday, March 10, our Web site received the most  hits in a single day in IMA history. Votes were cast from as far away as the Netherlands (27 votes) and China (17 votes).  We even had 3 votes from Trinidad and Tobago.

OK, so that’s it for now! The NEW IMA blogger has been crowned. Ms. Neville will be joining the team this April and we’re looking forward to what she has to say. Until then, we’ll be working on a new blog contest…Stay tuned!

Oh, oh and Katie – Expect an email from the Blog Team today. We’re excited to have you on board!


Thinking Green

It’s St. Patrick’s Day – that strange day when everyone at the IMA  breaks his or her uniform of basic black in order to add a festive flash of green.

IMA's Rain Garden

While green slips into our wardrobe only once a year here, it is at the top of our minds every day. Here’s just a sampling of all the ways the IMA thinks green:

  • Recycling – In 2009 the IMA recycled 7,392 pounds of newspaper, 12,950 pounds of office paper, 2,099 pounds of aluminum, and 2,046 pounds of plastic. Each employee has a recycling bin at his or her desk and large recycling bins are available in areas available to the public and staff.
  • The Toby – During the renovation of The Toby in 2008, the IMA used green products whenever possible. The floor is made of recycled cork and tires. Recycled carpet tiles were used in the lobby, seating areas and hallways. Recycled glass and concrete was used for the countertops in the service area.
  • Rain Garden – The IMA’s rain garden (see image above) captures and filters storm water runoff from the asphalt parking lot outside the Greenhouse that would otherwise flow into nearby waterways, carrying oil and other pollutants with it. Next time you visit the Greenhouse, be sure to check it out!

So there it is, just a few examples of how the IMA is green in honor of St. Patrick’s Day.



100 Days to 100 Acres

On June 20, 2010 – 100 days from today – the IMA will welcome a permanent addition to our campus, 100 Acres: The Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park. After years of preparing for this exciting endeavor, it is hard to believe that we are merely (100) days away!

Here are some ways that you can help celebrate 100 Days to 100 Acres:

1. Support the Park by giving the gift of $100 for 100 Acres.

2. Read more about 100 Acres by visiting the Web site.

3. Track the countdown online at 100 Days of Art & Nature.

4. Check the blog often. We’ll be announcing contests related to the themes of art and nature.

5. Receive the most up-to-date information about the Park by following the IMA on Twitter or being our friend on Facebook.


Vote for the IMA’s Next Top Blogger


On January 6, 2010 we announced that the IMA was searching for its next blogger and outlined the rules of the contest.

The IMA is searching for its next blogger and we want you! Interested in sharing your thoughts about the IMA from an “outsider’s” perspective? Not afraid to muse publicly about the museum’s programs and exhibitions? Able to attend IMA events and willing to submit 300-600 words once a month? Then you could be the blogger for the job.


After receiving dozens of submissions, the IMA narrowed the field to 5. Over the course of the last 5 weeks, we posted the candidates blog entries. Each had to answer the following questions:

Tell us a little about yourself:
Tell us a story. We want to know how good your yarn-spinning skills are, so give your best anecdote involving an experience you’ve had at the museum.
Why should you be an IMA blogger?

Review the Finalist’s Posts…


Whose voice do you want to hear on a monthly basis? Blog readers, it’s time for you to decide! From now until March 23 at 11:59 pm you can vote for your favorite finalist.  The winner will be announced on March 24. Don’t forget, what’s at stake – The IMA’s Next Top Blogger gets a free membership to the IMA, invitations to special events throughout the year, and the opportunity to share her thoughts about art, design, the natural environment, and the IMA with the world.

Who Will Be the IMA's Next Top Blogger?

  • Katie Neville (55%, 6,652 Votes)
  • Jessica Hancock (41%, 4,936 Votes)
  • Jenni Clarkson (2%, 192 Votes)
  • Crystal Hammon (1%, 167 Votes)
  • Heather McAlister (1%, 158 Votes)

Total Voters: 12,105

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So You Think You Can Blog, Katie Neville?

We challenged America to submit to be the IMA’s next top blogger and America answered.  Over the course of the last month, we’ve posted the finalists in the IMA’s “So You Think You Can Blog” contest. Next week and for the entire month of March, we’ll let our blog readers vote for the winner. This week: Meet Katie Neville.

Hi IMA!  I would love to be your guest blogger for 2010.  I’m a twenty something single woman living in Broad Ripple and working in Carmel.  I have a B.A. in Art History from Indiana University.  Enough about me, I already feel like I’m writing a profile on some online dating site, on with my story…

I’ve tasted Art…

A few years back and fresh out of college I was in Chicago training for a new job.  On my first day off I ditched my fellow trainees, hopped a train and headed for the Art Institute of Chicago. I was really excited to explore the museum and see some of the very famous works the Art Institute has.  It did not disappoint!

I was thinking, this is what it is all about, I’m finally out of the classroom and out here experiencing Art.

Even Artists who exclusively work in 2D use texture, scale and subtle tone to express emotion, mood or whatever it may be that they wish to convey. It is impossible to really understand a work of Art merely by seeing a snapshot of it.  Hearing someone lecture about a slide on a screen can only get you so far.  Knowing this I was stoked to be bowled over by Van Goghs, Seurats, Rothkos, and others.  But I was wholly unprepared for what happened when I walked into one gallery in the contemporary wing, and met an artwork that was far from 2D.

I quite literally stumbled right into the middle of a work by Felix Gonzalez-Torres.  Read the rest of this entry »


About Meg

Job Title: Director of Public Affairs. Interests: (Top 3 at this point in time) Travel, Contemporary Art, Baking. Favorite Movies: (Top 3...) Age of Innocence, Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, Amelie. Favorite Music: (Top 3...) Josh Ritter, Jay Z, The National. Favorite Food: (Top 3.) The Chop Salad from Taste Café, Momma Liffick's waffles, and Cupcakes. Pets: Siamese Cat: Lord Elgin. Something you should know about me: I've been called irrationally optimistic. I have a tendency to be enthusiastic about everything. Because of this, I've never been able to pick a favorite anything, I'm more of a "top 3 at this point in time" person (see above). I hold degrees in Art History, History and Arts Administration (top 3 again!). My innate need to share my zeal for art with others makes Director of Public Affairs at the IMA my ideal job.

Meg has written 66 articles for us.