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Celebrate the Holidays at the Indianapolis Museum of Art

October 24, 2012 Leave a comment
Indianapolis Museum of Art

The Indianapolis Museum of Art. staff photo, (c) 2012, all rights reserved.

By Candace Gwaltney
Indianapolis Museum of Art

The Indianapolis Museum of Art will host festive holiday events that range from family friendly to stylish and swanky. New traditions include IMA Community Day the Saturday after Thanksgiving for families, and 6 x 13: New Year’s Eve at the IMA for adults.

During museum hours, beginning November 10, Christmas at Lilly House will open for a season of holiday tours.

  • Oldfields–Lilly House and Gardens is a 26-acre historic estate and house museum located on the IMA campus, north of the main Museum complex. Lilly House is a 22-room mansion that was once the home of J.K. Lilly Jr., the late Indianapolis businessman, collector and philanthropist.
  • Lilly House will be decorated in the style of the 1930s and 1940s, when Christmas cheer often had to overcome Depression-era budgets or wartime shortages. Familiar motifs such as trees, wreaths and evergreens are enlivened with refreshing touches of new fashions in this historic home. Christmas at Lilly House will close on January 6, 2013.


From 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Saturday, November 24, visitors are invited to participate in IMA Community Day: A Feast for the Eyes.

  • BSA Life Structures unveils a ‘CANstruction’ inspired by a work of art at the IMA, and visitors are encouraged to bring donations of unopened, labeled canned goods to help ‘CANstruct’ a cityscape with food. All food donations will benefit Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana. Visitors can also search for food-related art in the galleries with a new activity guide and make art that look like food.
  • The flavorful Arabic musical traditions of the Islamic world will be presented by L.A.-based Alfred Madain aka DJ Al Fareed. Visitors can see the latest IMA special exhibition, Beauty & Belief: Crossing Bridges with the Arts of Islamic Culture, with two for one tickets.
  • Tours will highlight the visual delicacies in the Museum’s collection and celebrate the season of giving thanks. Families can enjoy activities and tours highlighting works of art depicting food and objects created for serving food.

The annual Holiday Hullabaloo offers holiday shopping specials from 5 – 9 p.m. on Thursday, December 6.

  • Luminaria will guide visitors as they take advantage of an evening of holiday shopping fun and festivities at the IMA Museum Store, Greenhouse Shop and Lilly House Christmas Shop.
  • Visitors can find a unique gift for a loved one or shop for an extra special something to deck the halls for holiday gatherings to come. The event will include music, complimentary gift wrap, holiday refreshments and special pricing available only during Holiday Hullabaloo. IMA members will receive a 20% discount on all purchases during this event.
  • Trunk shows will feature items from Patricia Locke Jewelry, Skov Hand Painted Silk Scarves and local glass jewelry designer Krista Bermeo.
  • For a break from shopping, Christmas at Lilly House will be open featuring live seasonal music performances by Oliver Nelson and Samuel Lawson.

From 5 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, December 20, luminaria will line the IMA campus to observe the Winter Solstice.

  • Visitors are invited to celebrate the holiday season with ice carving demonstrations, art-making, bonfires and live music. Guests can warm up in the Lilly House with historic holiday decorations and music, and then finish holiday shopping at the Greenhouse and Museum. An interactive performance will allow visitors to make music with drums that light up when played. Hot chocolate and holiday treats available for purchase from Nourish Café. Free parking.


Beginning at 8 p.m. December 31, guests can celebrate New Year’s Eve in style at the IMA and participate in the inaugural year of 6 x 13: New Year’s Eve at the IMA.

  • Guests will enjoy food and beverage stations including a champagne bar and select beers by Upland Brewing Company, entertainment by The Cultural Cannibals and dancing to The Vallures.
  • All galleries will be open for touring and six featured works of art to be acquired that evening will be on display in the Davis Lab. Each work represents an area of the Museum’s collection including Asian, contemporary, design, fashion arts, photography and horticulture. At midnight, guests can ring in the New Year and stay to enjoy late night party foods.

About the Indianapolis Museum of Art

Encompassing 152 acres of gardens and grounds, the Indianapolis Museum of Art is among the 10 oldest and 10 largest encyclopedic art museums in the United States and features significant collections of African, American, Asian, European and contemporary art, as well as a newly established collection of design arts. The IMA offers visitors an expansive view of arts and culture through its collection of more than 54,000 works of art that span 5,000 years of history from across the world’s continents. The collections include paintings, sculpture, furniture and design objects, prints, drawings and photographs, as well as textiles and costumes.

Additionally, art, design, and nature are featured at 100 Acres: The Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park and Oldfields–Lilly House & Gardens, a historic Country Place Era estate and National Historic Landmark on the IMA grounds. Beyond the Indianapolis campus, in May 2011 the IMA opened to the public the recently acquired landmark Miller House and Garden in Columbus, Indiana. One of the country’s most highly regarded examples of mid-century Modernist residences, the Miller House was designed by Eero Saarinen, with interiors by Alexander Girard, and landscape design by Dan Kiley.

Recognizing the IMA’s positive impact on its community, the Museum was named a recipient of the 2009 National Medal for Museum and Library Services – the nation’s highest honor for museums and libraries. The IMA’s commitment to free general admission, programming for schools and teachers, environmental leadership and online initiatives were among cited community contributions in the Museum’s selection for the award.

Located at 4000 Michigan Road, the IMA and Lilly House are open Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursday and Friday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. The IMA is closed Mondays and Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s days. For more information, call 317-923-1331 or visit