The Atlanta Museum Of Art

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On November 7, 1883, an exhibition organized by “May Wright Sewell, her husband Theodore, and a small group of art-minded citizens” (History, 2017) began what would one day become the establishment now known as the Indianapolis Museum of Art. Since that first exhibition, the IMA has gone through several identity changes. They were first named, the Art Association of Indianapolis. Their next identity was as the John Herron Art Institute, which opened a whole new chapter, as they became “a campus featuring both a museum and an art school.” (History, 2017) Today, the IMA is one of the largest encyclopedic art museums in the nation. The IMA has had various leadership and staff over the years that have lent to how the museum operates today.…show more content…
Library and Archives Many do not know that the IMA houses two different libraries. The Stout Reference Library and the Horticultural Society Library provide numerous resources for their visitors, which mainly consist of students, IMA Staff, docents, collectors, researchers and even members of the community. The Stout Reference Library “focuses on the encyclopedia collection of the Indianapolis Museum of Art, while also providing general information about art and art history of all periods.” (Stout Reference Library, 2017) The Horticultural Society Library “houses more than 2,000 volumes, including general reference books and books on landscaping, specific plant families and horticulture.” (Horticultural Society Library, 2017) I mention the libraries because this semester, I am technically considered a library and archives intern at the IMA. My mentor however is the archivist, Samantha Norling. She has done impressive work at the IMA in such a short time. She jump-started the Archives online portal, which consists of thousands of digitized items from the archives. The IMA received a “generous grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)” (Documenting Modern Living, 2017), that allowed for 17,000 items from the Miller House and Garden archival collection to be digitized. Project Topic What I have learned in such a short time, is that the most impressive work happens behind
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