IMA awarded reaccreditation from American Alliance of Museums

View of the main building at the Indianapolis Museum of Art. IMA photo.

View of the main building at the Indianapolis Museum of Art. IMA photo.


INDIANAPOLIS – The Indianapolis Museum of Art has achieved reaccreditation by the American Alliance of Museums – the highest national recognition afforded the nation’s museums.

Accreditation signifies excellence to the museum community, governments, funders, outside agencies and the museum-going public. Museums belonging to AAM must undergo a reaccreditation review at least every 10 years to maintain accredited status. The IMA was first accredited in 1972.

Of the nation’s estimated 35,000 museums, only about 1,000 are currently accredited.

“Accreditation is a very rigorous but highly rewarding process that examines all aspects of a museum’s operations, said Charles L. Venable, director and CEO at the IMA. “To earn accreditation, a museum first must conduct a year of self-study, and then undergo a site visit by a team of peer reviewers. AAM’s Accreditation Commission, an independent and autonomous body of museum professionals, considers the self-study and visiting committee report to determine whether a museum should receive accreditation. The IMA staff and board worked very hard to make the process go smoothly, and we were honored to have Robert Goldsmith from The Frick Collection in New York and Patricia Grazzini from the Minneapolis Institute of Art on-site earlier this year to see all the IMA’s accomplishments for themselves. Their comments following their visit were most gratifying.”

In the site visit report and letter notifying the IMA of its reaccreditation, AAM representatives noted the progress that the IMA has made over the past decade, stating:

“Since its last accreditation review (2006) the Indianapolis Museum of Art has transformed into a world-class institution that enjoys a well-earned reputation as a leader among America’s large art institutions. We applaud the museum for the strategic and thoughtful move of reducing its reliance on its endowment draw, bringing it into better alignment with industry-wide standards. … The IMA is a remarkable institution. The museum, historic houses and structures, formal gardens and extensive nature park provide a breadth of offerings and experiences for visitors that is quite unique among encyclopedic fine arts museums.”

The IMA is located on a 152-acre campus of lush gardens, historic homes, outdoor sculptures, inspiring performance and gallery spaces. Founded in 1883, the IMA is among the 10 oldest and 10 largest encyclopedic art museums in the United States and features significant collections of African, American, Asian, European, contemporary art and design arts that spans 5,000 years of history. Along with the Indianapolis campus, the IMA also owns the Miller House and Garden in Columbus, Ind., one of the nation’s most highly regarded examples of mid-century Modernist residences.

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