ARTINFO/IN THE AIR: IMA Names Scott Stulen as First-Ever Curator of Audience Experiences and Performance

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The  Indianapolis Museum of Art (IMA) has tapped Scott Stulen to be the museum’s first-ever curator of audience experiences and performance. Created by IMA Director and CEO Charles Venable, the position “will develop a strategic vision for innovative public programming” in the museum’s galleries, theaters, and nature park. Stulen’s appointment comes at an interesting time as just last March, the IMA reduced their staff by 11 percent, causing several high profile employees, including former senior curators Lisa Freimanand Ronda Kasl, to leave the museum. Stulen comes to the IMA from the Walker Art Center where he was the Project Director for mnartists.org and in charge of curating and producing the first-ever Internet Cat Video Festival. “Scott has an outstanding track record of developing and producing innovative experiences for the public that are engaging and thoughtful.” Venable said in a press release. “With our encyclopedic art collection, expansive campus and outstanding community resources and partners, I have no doubt that he will develop significant and exciting programs that will not only expand our audience, but will also expand our understanding of what it means to engage with audiences as an innovative, community-focused museum. Few museums in the world have the resources we do in terms of art and horticultural collections, talented staff, historical architecture, and a diverse range of indoor and outdoor facilities. The Deputy Director for Public Programs & Audience Engagement, Dr. Preston Bautista and I believe Scott is the perfect person to leverage all these assets for the public good through exceptional programming.”

— Ashton Cooper (ashton_cooper)

(Photo: Courtesy of the Indianapolis Museum of Art)

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