Shelley Selim named curator of design at Indianapolis museum

Shelley Selim. Indianapolis Museum of Art image

Shelley Selim. Indianapolis Museum of Art image


INDIANAPOLIS — The Indianapolis Museum of Art has appointed Shelley M. Selim as the associate curator of design & decorative arts. In this role, Selim will manage and grow the IMA’s collection of decorative arts and contemporary design objects, and provide curatorial oversight for the IMA’s two historic homes: Miller House and Garden in Columbus, Indiana, and the Lilly House on the IMA’s main campus.

The IMA has a significant collection of historic decorative art objects and contemporary design, including works on display at Lilly House and Miller House and Garden. Overall the collections consist of more than 12,000 objects spanning 500 years of human creativity.

Best known is the IMA’s design collection. In 2013, the IMA opened one of the largest displays of contemporary design in any general art museum in the world that features more than 250 objects by iconic designers in Europe, Asia and the United States.

Selim comes to the IMA from Cranbrook Art Museum in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. In her role as the assistant curator, Selim conceptualized, cultivated and implemented exhibitions addressing modern and contemporary art, architecture and design. During her time at the museum, Selim curated shows such as “John Glick: A Legacy in Clay;” “Designing Summer: Objects of Escape;” “Bent, Cast & Forged: The Jewelry of Harry Bertoia;” and “Culture Breakers: The Living Structures of Ken Isaacs.” “Bent, Cast & Forged” recently traveled to the Museum of Arts and Design in New York, where Selim previously worked.

Selim received her bachelor’s from Syracuse University and her master’s degree in the history of decorative arts and design from Parsons the New School for Design and Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, where she specialized in Scandinavian design and 20th-century American Design.

“I have greatly admired the IMA’s community outreach initiatives and dynamic curatorial programs of recent years, and I am thrilled and honored to come to the museum at an exciting time in its history,” said Selim.

Selim will begin at the IMA on July 18.

Shelley Selim