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Encompassing 152 acres of gardens and grounds, the Indianapolis Museum of Art is among the 10 largest encyclopedic art museums in the United States, and features significant collections of African, American, Asian, European and contemporary art, as well as a newly established collection of design arts. The IMA offers visitors an expansive view of arts and culture through its collection of more than 54,000 works of art that span 5,000 years of history from across the worldâs continents. The collections include paintings, sculpture, furniture and design objects, prints, drawings and photographs, as well as textiles and costumes.
In June 2010 the IMA opened 100 Acres: The Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park, one of the largest contemporary art parks in the United States. Adjacent to the Museum and located on 100 acres that include woodlands, wetlands, meadows and a 35-acre lake, 100 Acres is one of the largest museum art parks in the country, and features the ongoing commission of site-responsive artworks that focus on the unique relationships between contemporary art and the natural world. Additionally, art, design, and nature are featured at OldfieldsâLilly House & Gardens, an historic Country Place Era estate on the IMA grounds. Beyond the Indianapolis campus, in 2011 the IMA will open to the public the recently acquired landmark Miller House and Garden in Columbus, Indiana. One of the countryâs most highly regarded examples of mid-century Modernist residences, the Miller House was designed by Eero Saarinen, with interiors by Alexander Girard, and landscape design by Daniel Urban Kiley.
Recognizing the IMAâs positive impact on its community, the Museum was named a 2009 National Medal for Museum and Library Services â the nationâs highest honor for museums and libraries. The IMAâs commitment to free general admission, programming for schools and teachers, environmental leadership and online initiatives were among cited community contributions in the Museumâs selection for the award.
Art-Bab-ble [ahrt-bab-uhl] noun; verb (used without object) -bled, -bling 1. free flowing conversation, about art, for anyone. 2. a place where everyone is invited to join an open, ongoing discussion – no art degree required. ArtBabble was conceived, initiated, designed, built, sculpted, programmed, shot, edited, painted and launched by a cross-departmental collection of individuals at […]
Because only a small portion of a museumâs collection of art actually makes it into the public galleries, the IMA shares some of their hidden gems currently on display and in storage through their online initiative called Tag Tours. The IMA staff has crafted a collection of online tours that provide unique and unexpected connections […]