Alliance of the IMA
The Alliance of the Indianapolis Museum of Art is a volunteer organization. Its purpose is to develop and support activities and projects that will stimulate public interest in the Museum, its educational programs, and collection.
The Alliance continues to bolster the Museum's reputation through their support, commitment, and dedication. Education is a major mission of the Alliance with members benefiting from involvement in programs by IMA curators and various other noted speakers. The Alliance is led by a Board of Directors and is advised by a Museum Affiliate liaison.
Founded in 1958, the Alliance of the IMA has a rich history that spans over five decades. One of the most accomplished volunteer organizations in the history of U.S. museums, the Alliance is responsible for bringing in thousands of new IMA members and raising millions of dollars for art acquisitions over the last half century.
Fall Lecture and Luncheon: The Art of Dining
China and Glass in America, 1880 – 1980, From Table Top to TV Tray, Charles L. Venable, PhD
Wednesday, September 10
Lecture: 11 am | Deboest Lecture Hall
Luncheon: Noon | Deer Zink Events Pavilion | $55
From table settings for ‘dainty’ ladies’ luncheons early in the century, to trendy accessories for suburban barbeques in the post-World War II years, to the tinfoil trays invented for TV dinners ... The rich colors of Frederick Rhead’s Fiesta or the translucent beauty of Waterford crystal, Russel Wright’s American Modern or Haviland’s White House service of 1879-- the right tableware adds personality to a celebration. But beyond their appeal to all who want to entertain in style, and their value as collectibles, china and glass wares mirror the profound cultural and economic shifts in 20th-century America and provide a unique vantage point from which to view our society (from presenter Charles Venable’s book, China and Glass in America 1880-1980).
Luncheon attendees can also view sample table settings by local designers as well as the Westerly and Lilly House collection, and enjoy brief tours of Dr. Venable’s personal collection.
Artist Studio Tours
Wine and Canvas: Paint Your Own Masterpiece
Saturday, September 27 | 2 – 5 pm | $35
3969 E. 82nd St., in the Clearwater Shoppes
Please arrive at 1:30 to purchase refreshments and get situated. For more information, please call Leah Leifer at 253-6319 or Pat McClarney at 868-8439.
Alliance Members Book Club
Featured book: Thieves of Bagdad, by Matthew Bogdanos
Thursday, October 16 | 1 – 3 pm | Alkis Keramidas Museum of Art
401 N. College Avenue
Artful Living Series
Downsizing: What are your Goals? Panel Discussion
Thursday, October 23 | 10 am | DeBoest Lecture Hall
For more information, please contact Dottie Miller at (317) 873-3601.
Gallery Enrichment Tour
Georgia O’Keeffe and the Southwestern Still Life
Tuesday, November 18 | 1 pm | Allen Whitehill Clowes Special Exhibition Gallery
Alliance Member Holiday Tea
Friday, December 12 | 1 – 3 pm | Woodstock Club
Susanne McAlister, President
Karen Davis, Vice President of Administration & President Elect
Laural Page, Vice President of Membership
Pat Ritz, Vice President of Projects
Mary Kay Anthony, Yearbook
Anne Throop, Recording Secretary
Shirley Kulwin, Corresponding Secretary
Patricia Lyster, Treasurer
Janet Barb, Immediate Past President
Become a member of the Alliance today! In order to be eligible for membership in the Alliance, you must be an IMA member.
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Indianapolis, IN 46208