Highlights of the Year from iMOCA
2016 has been one of iMOCA's most exciting and transformative! This monumental year was due in large part to the support of generous donors such as you. This letter contains just of few of 2016's highlights.
First, our galleries at the Murphy Arts Center in Fountain Square and at the Alexander hotel in the CityWay complex received more than 35,000 visitors this year, the highest attendance in our history!
With ten exhibitions in 2016, we exhibited the work of a number of prominent national artists including Sarah McKenzie from Denver and Kate Carr from Santa Fe in a two-person show in June and July in the Murphy Building, and Amy Pleasant from Birmingham in the CityWay gallery in April, May and June. We also mounted a retrospective of James Wille Faust, an Indianapolis painter and sculptor whose work is highly admired and collected nationally.
iMOCA was one of only four visual arts organizations accepted this year into the Visual Artists Network. VAN is an exclusive, national network of visual artists, curators, and exhibitors providing opportunities and support for under-recognized visual artists. Partnership in this organization further empowers iMOCA to nurture the creation of experimental artwork and support the touring of contemporary visual artists and their work. As a member we will be able to offer residencies to artists from throughout the country to work and exhibit in our community.
Our first VAN resident, Tom Hubbard, created Recoil, an installation featuring porcelain guns embedded with quotes and notable events stemming from all sides of the gun debate. As part of his residency, Hubbard took his work to the 1500 Indy Knife & Gun Show at the Indianapolis Fairgrounds to elicit and encourage conversations. You still have time to see his work at the CityWay Gallery until December 31.
We also partnered with the Englewood Community Development Corporation and Local Initiatives Support Corporation to initiate creative community activities in the Near Eastside (part of "Great Places 2020"). Activities in 2016 included supporting the launch of Cat Head press, the Wonderland film festival and the Englewood Music Festival as well as the daylong Art Shack exhibition. Stay tuned for more exciting activities in the near future.
2017 will be a huge year for iMOCA. This November we vacated our Fountain Square home, where we resided for the last seven years. In 2017, we will work to secure a new location, which will allow us to better achieve the goals we have established as a fifteen-year old organization, endeavoring to provide Indianapolis with the most cutting edge contemporary art.
We cannot do all of this without your continued support. Please remember us as you make your pledge to support art in our community this year-end.
With great appreciation and thanks,
Paula Katz, Executive Director Scott Travis, President, Board of Directors
Your 100% tax-deductible donations can be made at http://indymoca.org or mailed to iMOCA at 216 E South Street, Indianapolis, IN 46204. Thank you again for your support!