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Indianapolis Museum of Art announces search committee to find new director

The Indianapolis Museum of Art (IMA) announced that the Board of Governors has appointed a 14-member search committee tasked with finding the museum’s next Melvin and Bren Simon Director & CEO. Maxwell L. Anderson will step down as the Melvin & Bren Simon Director and CEO of the IMA on December 31, 2011, as he has been appointed the Eugene McDermott Director of the Dallas Museum of Art.

Tom Hiatt, secretary of the IMA Board of Governors, is the chair of the search committee.

The search is expected to take six months to one year. Until the next director and CEO is appointed, a nine-member team is tasked with leading the museum in conjunction with members of the Executive Committee of the Board of Governors.

About the Indianapolis Museum of Art
Encompassing 152 acres of gardens and grounds, the Indianapolis Museum of Art is among the 10 oldest and 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 world’s continents. The collections include paintings, sculpture, furniture and design objects, prints, drawings and photographs, as well as textiles and costumes.
Additionally, art, design, and nature are featured at 100 Acres: The Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park and Oldfields–Lilly House & Gardens, an historic Country Place Era estate and National Historic Landmark on the IMA grounds. Beyond the Indianapolis campus, in May 2011 the IMA opened to the public the recently acquired landmark Miller House and Garden in Columbus, Indiana. One of the country’s 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 Dan Kiley. –

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