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    Indianapolis Museum of ArtIndianapolis Museum of Art Indianapolis, Indiana
    This museum is one of the ten biggest and oldest general art museums in the country, founded in 1883, when 18 local residents signed articles of incorporation to begin the Art Association of Indianapolis, that included May Wright Sewall who had worked in the women's suffrage movement and was one of the founders of the International Council of Women. Their first exhibition would be that year, and included paintings by American artists Alfred Thompson Bricher and William Merritt Chase and their first permanent museum and art school was called the John Herron Art Institute and Herron School of Art, opening in 1906. By 1969, the name had been changed to the current one, and in 1970, it moved into a new and bigger structure, a few miles from downtown. Since that time, there have been four new pavilions added and a recent expansion that added 171,800 square feet of space. Some of the early supporters would help the museum acquire works by such greats as Paul Cezanne, Pablo Picasso, Vincent van Gogh and Georges Seurat and others. The main floor contains mostly pre-20th century European and American artworks, while the second houses non-western artworks and the third floor modern and contemporary art by such greats as Vito Acconci and James Turrell. The Sutphin Fountain is a huge geometric limestone and concrete fountain that is found at the museum grounds and designed by Stu Dawson, sitting on the 26 acres main campus, and dedicated in 1972. Their permanent collection contains over 50,000 works of art that span the range and scope of history, along with being a showcase for national and international exhibitions and some of the more important include; Neo-impressionism, Eli Lilly Collection of Chinese Art, Caroline Marmon Fesler Painting collection, Chinese Painting of the Ming and Qing dynasties, the Clowes collection, R. Norris Shreve collection of Chinese jade, Eiteljorg collection of African Art, Asian Textiles, the Josefowitz collection of Gauguin and the School of Pont-Aven, Marilyn and Eugene Glick collection of Studio Glass, American impressionism, English and European porcelain of the 18th and 19th centuries, Pantzer collection of works by J. M. W. Turner, Gifts of the Gamboliers, contemporary art, Indiana paintings, fashion arts, African textiles and Fashion arts.

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    Indiana State MuseumIndiana State Museum Indianapolis, Indiana
    Sitting within White River State Park in Indianapolis, Indiana is the Indiana State Museum that houses excellent exhibits of the history of the state from prehistoric times to the current day, with one of the four IMAX theaters located in the state. It was founded in 1862 by the state librarian, R. Deloss Brown as a natural history collection, that floated around various locations in the city until 1967 when it would be installed in its first permanent home in the old city hall, and the museum society would be started in 1969 to help support the organization. The museum would move to its present location in 2002 and cost about $105 million. There is over 40,000 square feet of space that houses more than 300,000 relics in collections, that covers the history of the natural world, the future of the state, Native Americans and cultural history. Galleries are located in the Dean and Barbara White auditorium, Treasures Cases and Legacy Theater: the Indiana African American experience and the main museum building that houses the many exhibits you'll find here. On the first floor of the museum you'll encounter the birth of the earth, the ancient seas, R. B. Annis naturalist's lab, age of ice and Native American; and on the second floor; 19th state, American originals, the Hoosier way, Heritage Corner, Crossroads of Indiana, Global Indiana and Enterprise Indiana. On the third floor is the Rapp Reception Hall, the Lincoln Financial Foundation Gallery, the Ford gallery, Changing Exhibits gallery and NiSource, Inc. Gallery of Indiana Art including the Hoosier Group painters and the Richmond Group.

April 19, 2011