Design Arts Society

The members of the Design Arts Society (DAS) are dedicated to the understanding and appreciation of the aesthetic, historical and cultural significance of Western design. Their interests span the 16th century to the present and encompasses a broad range of media including furniture, glass, ceramics, metalwork, jewelry, and product design.

DAS members work to promote a greater awareness of the central role that design plays in our daily lives and to also help establish the IMA as an important center for the design arts in the United States. DAS offers an annual series of programs featuring lectures from international, national, and regional design experts, as well as private DAS members’ only special events. Past events hosted by DAS include: Shaping the New Century: A Two-Day International Design Symposium, A Night with George Nelson, Revisiting Cranbrook: Eliel Saarinen and the Survival of Tradition and many more..

DAS Newsletter
Winter 2013 Newsletter

Upcoming Events

Design Gallery Tour and Reception

(DAS Members Only)
Thursday, June 5
6 pm | Tour | 3rd Floor Design Galleries
7 pm | Reception | Garden Terrace

Please join us for a tour of the Contemporary Design Galleries with James Zemaitis, consulting curator of Design Arts for the IMA. James has 14 years of experience in the auction field. He has worked with Christie’s, Phillips, and most recently Sotheby’s as a Curator of 20th Century Design. His particular interests include: American Modernism 1920s – 1950s, American and European cocktail shakers of the 20th Century, American Art Nouveau lighting 1890s-1920s, and Contemporary International Design 1980s-present. His written work has been featured in Artnet Magazine and Modern Magazine. James has also co-authored The Coffee Table Coffee Table Book, a survey of one of the 20th century’s most original furniture forms.

After touring the galleries the DAS will head to the lawn at Garden terrace for a reception.

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2013-2014 Board Officers

Marika Klemm, President
Drew White, Vice President
Marian Pettengill, Secretary
Mark Demerly, Treasurer
Tom Vriesman, Immediate Past President

Lee Alig
Jeff Bond
Barret Crites
David Force
Joel Harrison
Mary Inchauste
Brandon Judkins
Chip Kalleen
Kay Koch
Craig McCormick
Shirley Mueller
Laurel Page
Nancy Ramsey
Pat Ritz
Sherri Roizen-Watson
Chris Rossebo
Jim Sholly
Natalie Wehr
Christopher West

Honorary Committee
Simon Abraham
Penny Fortune
Frank Grunwald
Pat LaCrosse
Catie Lichtenauer
Ann Stack

DAS Membership Dues

Become a member of DAS today! In order to be eligible for membership in the DAS, you must be an IMA member. If you are a student and/or under the age of 35, you are eligible for a special membership rate. For more information please contact the Development department at 317-923-1331 ext. 434

$40 individual
$60 couple
$140 patron
$160 patron couple
NEW! Students receive a free DAS membership (ID required)

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DAS Acquisition Fund

During the last four years, under the direction of R. Craig Miller, senior curator of design arts and director of design initiatives, the IMA has acquired over 1,000 design objects emphasizing twentieth and twenty-first-century design. The new Design Arts Galleries on the Museum’s third floor will expand the collection’s exhibition space to nearly 10,000 square feet. This new installation, scheduled to open in 2013, will be one of the largest–and first–comprehensive surveys of the history of contemporary design in an American museum. With a special lead gift of $10,000 from the Design Arts Society (DAS), we have launched the 2012 Design Arts Society Purchase Fund initiative. Our goal is to help the Museum acquire twentieth-century masterpieces to fill major gaps in the collection, and to augment the numerous gifts that will be secured from national and international patrons, designers, and manufacturers over the next year.

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