Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art

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Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art
Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art is located in Indianapolis
Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art
Location in Indianapolis
LocationIndianapolis, Indiana
TypeArt Museum
Public transit accessAmtrak Indianapolis Union Station : 1.4 mile

The Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art, also known as the Indy MOCA or iMOCA, features exhibitions of contemporary art. Currently, the museum has a new show every two months, presenting two shows of local artists, two shows of regional artists, and two shows of national artists each year.

Founded in 2001 as a “museum without walls”, iMOCA has mounted exhibitions around the city. In 2004, the museum opened as a gallery in the historic Emelie Building in the Indiana Avenue Cultural District. In December 2009, iMOCA moved to a larger space in the Murphy Art Center in the Fountain Square Arts District. In 2014 the iMOCA opened a second gallery space in The Alexander Hotel at CityWay.

The iMOCA vacated the Murphy Art Center in late 2016. It continued to offer exhibits in The Alexander hotel in CityWay, Cat Head Press in the Englewood neighborhood, Indiana Landmarks, and the Hoosier Salon. In 2018 it announced that It would open a permanent museum in summer 2019, in 2,300 square feet (210 m2) of the old Ford assembly plant at 1301 E. Washington Street on the city's near east side.[1] However, in January 2019 it cancelled plans for a permanent location and stated that, except for the exhibition space at The Alexander, it would again be a "museum without walls", with pop-up exhibits at various locations.[2]

iMOCA is the only Indianapolis museum dedicated to showcasing emerging contemporary artists. The curator showcases artists near or at the breakthrough point of their careers-artists such as Jeff Gabel. It's also the only museum in Indianapolis to invite emerging curators. It did so in 2013, when iMOCA's then-director, Shauta Marsh,[3] hired culture writer and editor, Karla D. Romero as guest curator. Romero curated "In The Name of Love"[4] and "Ted Oonk".[5]

Since 2003, iMOCA has presented more than 40 exhibitions featuring the work of more than 75 local, regional, and international artists despite a modest exhibition budget. The museum has partnerships with other organizations such as the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and Indianapolis Public Library.


  1. ^ Bongiovanni, Domenica (April 3, 2018). "iMOCA, Indy's contemporary art museum, to open new permanent home in Holy Cross in 2019". Indianapolis Star. Retrieved April 3, 2018.
  2. ^ Grossman, Dan (January 17, 2019). "iMOCA Cancels Move, Names New Leadership". Nuvo. Retrieved January 22, 2019.
  3. ^ Chen, Wei-Huanwork (February 11, 2015). "Shauta Marsh steps down as iMOCA executive director". Indianapolis Star. Retrieved April 3, 2018.
  4. ^ "In The Name Of Love – iMOCA".
  5. ^ "Ted Oonk – iMOCA".

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