IMA hires a new curator 

Indianapolis Museum of Art hires Shelley Selim as curator of design and decorative arts

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The Indianapolis Museum of Art has been doing through some dramatic staff changes this summer. Scott Stulen, the curator of audience experiences and performance, at the IMA recently announced his departure for a position as director of the Philbrook Art Museum in Tulsa, Oklahoma. (Stay tuned for an exit interview with him during his last week.)

The IMA sent out a press release with this information about Shelley M. Selim taking on the role of associate curator of design and decorative arts:

The Indianapolis Museum of Art has appointed Shelley M. Selim as the associate curator of design & decorative arts. In this role, Selim will manage and grow the IMA’s significant collection of decorative arts and contemporary design objects, and provide curatorial oversight for the IMA’s two historic homes: Miller House and Garden in Columbus, Indiana, and the Lilly House on the IMA’s main campus.

The IMA has a significant collection of historic decorative art objects and contemporary design, including works on display at Lilly House and Miller House and Garden. Overall the collections consist of more than 12,000 objects spanning 500 years of human creativity. Included are exceptional examples of silver, ceramics, glass, and furniture...

In 2013, the IMA opened one of the largest displays of contemporary design in any general art museum in the world that features more than 250 objects by iconic designers in Europe, Asia and the United States...

Selim comes to the IMA from Cranbrook Art Museum in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. In her role as the Jeanne and Ralph Graham Assistant Curator, Selim conceptualized, cultivated and implemented exhibitions addressing modern and contemporary art, architecture and design...

“I have greatly admired the IMA's community outreach initiatives and dynamic curatorial programs of recent years, and I am thrilled and honored to come to the Museum at an exciting time in its history,” said Selim. “The IMA has a stellar collection of design, decorative arts and historic homes, and I look forward to leveraging these works as I join the staff in its already outstanding efforts to engage audiences in new, thoughtful and innovative ways. My own curatorial vision dovetails wonderfully with Charles Venable's progressive plans for the Museum's future, and I am delighted to join Charles, Preston Bautista and the rest of the IMA’s fantastic team during this lively period of growth.”

Selim will begin at the IMA on July 18.

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