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Lisa Freiman, director of the Indianapolis Museum of Art's new sculpture park, hopes that publicity and critical acclaim will turn into future financial support for the contemporary art collection.

"There's a misconception in the public that museums are wealthy, self-sufficient entities," Freiman said. "Where we really have to work extremely hard is at the core of our mission, which is collecting and doing educational programming."

Funky Bones Atelier Van Lieshout’s “Funky Bones” is part of the outdoor gallery at IMA’s Virginia B. Fairbanks Art and Nature Park. (Photo courtesy Indianapolis Museum of Art)

The outdoor gallery, called "100 Acres: the Virginia B. Fairbanks Art and Nature Park," features eight works commissioned especially for the site on a White River flood plain and former gravel pit adjacent to the museum's main campus. Freiman believes the concept behind the park is unique. Rather than hosting permanently installed sculpture or regularly scheduled special exhibits, works will rotate on a fluid basis.

The museum raised $25 million for the construction and to set up a $15 million operating endowment. The initial budget also included $3.6 million for artist commissions. That created quite a buzz, Freiman said.

"It allows us to play a leadership role by commissioning new works by interesting artists at different stages of their careers," she said.

The park's grand opening is scheduled for June 20 following an opening-night party and a members-only VIP preview with artists and architect on June 19. Admission to the park will be free after it opens, but admission to the party is $80 and tickets to the VIP preview, which includes the party, are $125.

The museum originally hoped to open the park last fall but delayed it due to the poor economy. The museum also scaled back the budget, originally $50 million. A 1,500-foot elevated bridge and an education building were cut from the original plans.

Even at this point, not all of the $25 million is cash-in-hand. The operating endowment, provided by the Fairbanks Foundation, is about $11 million with the remainder to come from estate gifts. That means the museum will have to hold down spending on maintenance and new art works for the time being, Freiman said. Future spending on commissions was always intended to be more modest than in the inaugural year, she added. One new project, which will be named in the fall, will be installed in 2011.

More information on the park and opening-day events can be found here.

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  • Yes it is unique
    OMGWT* seems not to have SEEN the new Art & Nature Park at IMA! There is really no comparison, plus IMA's is 100 acres. I like the IAC's, but 100 Acres is bigger and more unique in many ways.
  • Unique?
    It's not unique! The Indianapolis Art Center has had a sculpture park for years. Unique? The only thing unique about the IMA is...well...nothing!

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