Indianapolis, IN

Director of the Indianapolis Museum of Art

NEWFIELDS seeks the next Indianapolis Museum of Art Melvin & Bren Simon Director. Reporting to the Newfields CEO, the Director will lead the Indianapolis Museum of Art, setting the museum’s artistic vision; manage all museum staff working on IMA exhibitions, programs and operations; and promote the IMA as one of the foremost cultural destinations in the Midwest. Please click to view the full position description or to nominate/apply.

Founded in 1883, the Indianapolis Museum of Art (IMA) is today part of a 152-acre campus called NEWFIELDS, which is comprised of the Museum, Fairbanks Park, The Garden, Lilly House and Elder Greenhouse in Indianapolis and the iconic Miller House & Garden in southern Indiana. At the core of the NEWFIELDS experience stands the Indianapolis Museum of Art. For 137 years, the IMA has built a solid reputation regionally, nationally and internationally and is today considered to be a museum on the leading edge of innovative practices.

The Museum houses an encyclopedic collection of more than 45,000 works spanning 5,000 years. Highlights of the IMA’s holdings include works by Gauguin and the School of Pont-Aven; works by Georges Seurat and his followers; the best and most extensive collection of works on paper and paintings by J.M.W. Turner outside Great Britain; the Clowes Collection of Old Master works; an outstanding collection of Japanese Edo-period paintings; the Chinese Art Collection; the Eiteljorg Collection of African Art; The American Art Collection; The Glick Collection of Contemporary Studio Glass; one of the foremost Design Arts collections in the world; a leading textile collection and an evolving collection of work by leading contemporary artists. The IMA also houses state of the art conservation facilities, one of the few art science laboratories in the nation and is responsible for art located within The Garden at NEWFIELDS and the adjacent Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park. Located in one of the largest museum buildings n the United States, the IMA hosts about 500,000 visitors annually. Approximately 275 staff members manage and support IMA operations, and the IMA partners with NEWFIELDS’ Finance, Operations, Marketing and Parks & Garden departments to advance the work of the Museum.

The IMA’s programming approach is innovative and pushes far beyond standard practice. This can unfold subtly, as when annual outdoor events include striking visual arts elements that might reference a season or horticultural features of The Garden or Park. A more striking example is THE LUME, a 30,000 square foot immersive digital art experience.

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For additional information or to apply, please contact Mark Oppenheim or Steven Oppenheim at info[at]moppenheim[dot]com.