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


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: $10 Alliance and IMA members | $15 Public
TWO TOURS: $15 Alliance and IMA members | $25 Public

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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