updated: 8/10/2004 9:55:42 AM

Indianapolis Museum of Art Names New Community Relations Director

INDIANAPOLIS—The IMA announces the appointment of Marsha Oliver as director of community relations, effective August 2, 2004. Oliver will direct and implement community relations initiatives, including partnerships, programs and collaborations. She will also establish and build working relationships with community leaders and organizations, and oversee employee volunteer programs and community ou treach.

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Oliver comes to the IMA after a distinguished career with the Simon Property Group. Most recently, she has worked as the senior director of development and education for the Simon Youth Foundation. Prior to that, she was the general manger of Lafayette Square Mall for four years, having come there from other positions at Simon, including service as the associate general manager of Circle Centre Mall. In the decade that Circle Centre was being discussed, Oliver worked extensively in the community with many constituencies in order to rally support for that project, which became the cornerstone of the revival of downtown Indianapolis.

Prior to her service with Simon, Oliver was president and chief executive officer of the Indianapolis Private Industry Council and she also led the Indianapolis Alliance for Jobs. Throughout her career, Oliver has worked at all levels in the Indianapolis community.

“Marsha is widely known and respected, and will be a great asset to the IMA as it deepens and broadens its presence in the community in the years ahead,” said Anthony Hirschel, IMA director and CEO.

Oliver earned her bachelor’s degree in business administration from Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis.


The IMA has embarked on a comprehensive expansion project that will create diverse new interior and exterior spaces in which to present its nationally recognized collections, and will enhance the IMA’s public programming and outreach. Plans include the creation of three new Museum wings, 50 percent more gallery space, an outdoor garden court, expanded educational and family facilities, and new visitor amenities.

The building project is one aspect of a larger expansion initiative currently underway at the IMA. This includes the development of the 100-acre Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park, the recently complete restoration of Oldfield s–Lilly House & Gardens and the enhancement of the IMA’s grounds. The initiative has also led to major additions to the IMA’s collections and will significantly increase its art acquisitions and operating endowments.


The Indianapolis Museum of Art holds collections spanning the range and scope of art history with significant collections of African, American, Asian, European, contemporary and decorative art, including paintings, sculpture, prints, drawings, photographs, textiles and costumes. The Museum presents a broad range of special exhibitions throughout the year and offers extensive educational and community programming for all age groups, including a summer film and concert series, children’s and teens’ art camps and classes, and adult art classes.

Oldfields–Lilly House & Gardens is the former home and 26-acre estate of the late Indianapolis businessman and philanthropist J.K. Lilly Jr. Lilly House, the elegant three-story mansion and centerpiece of the estate, is a historic house museum of the American Country Place era. The estate’s beautiful landscape was designed by Percival Gallagher of the famous landscape architecture firm Olmsted Brothers—the same firm that designed New York’s Central Park and Chicago’s Lincoln Park. The Oldfields estate is a National Historic Landmark.

The IMA, located at 4000 Michigan Road, the corner of 38th Street and Michigan Road, is open Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursday, 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.; and Sunday noon to 5 p.m. Gardens and grounds are open daily from dawn until dusk. The IMA is closed Mondays, Tuesdays, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s days.

Due to construction, a limited number of Museum galleries are open in 2004. The Museum will be closed from January 1 through May 5, 2005. The expanded Museum will open May 6, 2005, and its permanent collection galler ies will gradually open over 19-month period. For more information, call 317-923-1331.

General support of the IMA is provided by the Arts Council of Indianapolis and the City of Indianapolis; and by the Indiana Arts Commission, a state agency, and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

Source: Indianapolis Museum of Art

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