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.

Acquisitions Made Possible by the Alliance
Read more about the Alliance and their upcoming events in their latest newsletter, News & Notes: Alliance Newsletter Spring 2014

Upcoming Events


The Alliance of the IMA celebrates its new Artful Living Series with two special premiere presentations by Steven Stolman, designer, writer, style provocateur and president of the legendary textiles firm Scalamandré, America’s leading purveyor of exquisite decorative fabrics, wall coverings, trims and furnishings

Thursday, April 24 Lecture and Cocktail Reception
Iconic Interiors from the Silver Screen
Lecture at 6:00 pm in The Toby
Reception to follow in Deer Zink Events Pavilion

Celebrated interiors from famous movies past and present - along with pointed commentary on how these films related to the trends and tastes of the times. After this unique visual tour of rooms we love, enjoy an elegant cocktail reception.

Friday, April 25th Lecture, Coffee Hour & Book Signing
Scalamandré: HAUTE DÉCOR
Lecture at 9:00 am in DeBoest Lecture Hall
Coffee Hour and Book Signing to follow in The Fountain Room

Steven Stolman will share the history of his new book Scalamandré: Haute Décor which “celebrates the world of Scalamandré as seen through the eyes of the international design elite while paying homage to the people, places and events that contributed to the Scalamandré story.” Enjoy an insider’s look at this interior design treasure.

$40 – Thursday, April 24 – Iconic Interiors from the Silver Screen and cocktail reception
$20 – Friday, April 25 – Scalamandré: HAUTE DÉCOR and coffee hour & book signing
$50 – One ticket for both events

RSVP by April 18:
Mail Reservations, check or credit card information including name on card, card number, expiration date, security code and your phone number, to Patricia Lyster, Alliance Treasurer,1752 Glencary Crest, Indianapolis, IN 46228-3363
For questions contact Pat Ritz, Alliance VP of Programs: 317-571-1604 or


Friday, March 21
Allison Ford
1:00 – 3:00 pm at the Harrison Center
$10 Alliance & IMA members; $15 Public

Allison Ford makes wearable art while living in Indianapolis. She creates wood jewelry inspired by the material itself, utilizing its natural lines and shapes. She is also inspired by the spirit of the arts and crafts movement and explores various jewelry and artistic techniques prevalent throughout human history. Although she considers herself an artist, she is devoted to her craft and construction, focusing on execution of form and constantly striving to improve craftsmanship. When designing a piece, Ford takes a “less is more” approach by trying to keep each piece simple, accentuating its natural colors, lines, and details.

Friday, April 25, 2014
Phillip O’Malley
1:00 – 3:00 pm at 55 South State Avenue, Ste 117A
$10 Alliance & IMA members; $15 Public

Phillip O’Malley, a professional studio artist and designer in Indianapolis, lived his first decade about forty miles west of Cape Cod and has spent the past four decades painting in the Midwest. Phillip has created two and three dimensional works in fine art, culinary art, interior design, architectural design, graphic design and event design. All of these endeavors have symbiotically fed his art to maturity. He studied Interior Design in the Purdue School of Engineering and earned a BFA from Herron School of Art and Design.

Saturday, June 14, 2014
1-3 pm
Danette Alles
Beech Grove

Danette Alles grew up in a typical Midwestern family in Michigan. Always interested in art, but discouraged from following it as a career, she obtained a degree in accounting from Michigan State University. After spending many years in bondage as an accountant, she finally “broke free” and returned to school to pursue a degree in fine arts. As a graduate of Herron School of Art and Design, with a BFA in Ceramics, she continues to pursue her love of everything creative. For the last year, she has lived in Munich, Germany which included a short residency at the Nymphenburg Porcelain Manufactory.

Saturday, July 19, 2014
1-3 pm
Biagio Azzarelli
6474 N. College
Born in Lima, Peru; Biagio Azzarelli grew up in Santiago, Chile and came to the United States in 1971. While he was growing up in Santiago, he studied sculpture under the supervision of local artists.

Azzarelli is a Professor Emeritus in Neuropathology, Neurology and Neurosurgery at Indiana University. He has returned to his artistic focus after retiring from academia in 2005 and has taken courses at the Indianapolis Art Center, Herron School of Art, and completed his certificate program in sculpture at the Indianapolis Art Center in 2009. He is interested in both figurative and abstract subjects. His work is mainly inspired by the work of Auguste Rodin, Alberto Giacometti, Henry Moore and Alexander Archipenko. His primary sculptural medium is bronze.

Azzarelli is a member of the Hoosier Salon and The American Sculpture Society.

A public work, sponsored by Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, the title of which is, “Life Evolving”, was installed on March 29, 2012 on Interstate 1-70 at the McCarty exit in Downtown Indianapolis.

Tour Fees
ONE TOUR $15 Public / $10 Alliance and IMA members TWO TOURS $25 Public / $15 Alliance and IMA members

Space is limited, so make your reservations as soon as possible. Directions to each studio will be sent to you upon reservation. For more information, contact: Leah Leifer at 317-253-6319 or Pat McClarney at 317-786-8439

2013-2015 Board Officers

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

Annual Alliance Membership Dues

Become a member of the Alliance today! In order to be eligible for membership in the Alliance, you must be an IMA member.

$40 active
$50 sustaining
$60 patron

Please make checks payable to the Alliance of the IMA and mail to:
IMA/Affiliate Support
4000 Michigan Road
Indianapolis, IN 46208

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