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Indianapolis Museum of Art - Columbus Gallery

390 The Commons
Columbus, IN

Phone: 812.376.2597 - Tty: -


Statement of Purpose

The mission of the Indianapolis Museum of Art-Columbus Gallery is to serve Columbus regional area residents and visitors by promoting opportunities for quality, innovative exhibitions, educational programs and social activities involving the visual arts.

Museum History/Mission:

The IMA-Columbus Gallery, a satellite gallery of the Indianapolis Museum of Art, opened in 1974. In a unique collaborative arrangement, the IMA-Columbus Gallery offers a combination of exhibitions organized from the collections of the IMA and national touring exhibitions tailored to the special interests of the Columbus community. The 2,400 square-foot gallery on the second floor of The Commons is part of a downtown facility that includes a retail mall, an indoor playground, and several other arts organizations. Columbus, Indiana is known for its outstanding examples of modern architecture and its emphasis on the arts. The mission of the Indianapolis Museum of Art-Columbus Gallery is to serve Columbus regional area residents and visitors by promoting an understanding and enjoyment of the visual arts through quality innovative exhibitions and educational programs. The IMA-Columbus Gallery does not house a permanent collection, but hosts four exhibitions annually with related educational and outreach programming.

Highlights & Collections

The Indianapolis Museum of Art-Columbus Gallery, a satellite gallery of the Indianapolis Museum of Art, opened its doors in 1974. In a unique collaborative arrangement, the gallery's activities are sponsored by the IMA, and funding is provided from local corporate, foundation, and individual donors. After operating for nineteen years on the second floor of the Columbus Visitors Center, the Indianapolis Museum of Art-Columbus Gallery reopened its doors on December 12, 1993, on the second floor of The Commons. The 4,600 square foot facility includes 3,000 square feet for exhibitions. The new Columbus Gallery is the gift of Xenia S. Miller.

Columbus is a city noted for its contemporary architecture. The Commons, designed by Cesar Pelli and donated to the city by J. Irwin Miller, Xenia Miller and Clementine Tangeman, has been a multi-dimensional community hub for over 25 years, and the arts have always been an integral part of it. It offers an ideal home for the IMA-Columbus Gallery, allowing us to bring the visual arts much closer to the thousands of visitors to Columbus, The Commons, and the Commons Mall each year. Four major exhibitions of works from the IMA collections or other sources considered to be of special interest to the community are offered annually. Lectures, trips, performances and other events are planned to enhance each exhibition. A broad range of educational programs, including on-site and outreach activities, are also offered.

The Columbus Museum Shop, located on the main floor of The Commons, features unique works by local artists as well as artists from around the United States.

Exhibits & Special Events

The IMA-Columbus Gallery has no permanent exhibit or collections.



2003 calendar of exhibitions:

January 25-March 16, 2003: 'Jan Miense Molenaer: Painter of the Dutch Golden Age.' Organized by the North Carolina Museum of Art, this exhibition presents the first comprehensive examination of the life and work of one of the most innovative masters of 17th -century Dutch painting.

April 5-June 29, 2003: 'Preserving Place: Reflections of Indiana' is a juried exhibition, organized by the IMA-Columbus Gallery and the Indiana chapter of The Nature Conservancy. Preserving Place will feature photographic responses to the landscape and natural heritage of the State of Indiana. Provided with support from the Central Indiana Community Foundation, the Indiana Arts Commission, a state agency, and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.



Admission & Directions:

Free of admission, donations accepted.

Located in downtown Columbus, Indiana, The Commons is on Washingon Streetbetween Third and Fourth Streets. Columbus is located along Interstate 65 approximately 40 miles south of Indianapolis.

Key Personnel:

Jerri Handley, Director

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