Founded in 2001 by a group of arts benefactors and enthusiasts, the Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art (iMOCA) is the leading Indiana institution focused entirely on showcasing art being made today by practicing contemporary artists. Its mission is to bring contemporary art exhibitions and programs to the community, to stimulate minds and inspire new discoveries, and to demonstrate vital connections between visual culture and everyday life. This mission is brought to life through exhibitions and community-engaged public art projects that inspire in-depth conversations around meaningful and timely contemporary topics. iMOCA curates a mix of exhibitions featuring nationally-recognized contemporary artists, alongside support for the best emerging regional and local talent with exhibition opportunities and professional development.
Prior to having a dedicated space, iMOCA operated as a “museum without walls,” mounting exhibitions throughout Indianapolis at venues including the Stutz, Herron School of Art and Design, and Key Cinemas. In 2004, iMOCA found a home in the historic Emelie Building in the Indiana Avenue Cultural District, thanks to the generosity of local law firm Katz and Korin, PC. In 2009, iMOCA moved into the Murphy Building in the heart of Fountain Square, becoming inseparable from the thriving Fountain Square art scene. In October 2014, iMOCA became a curatorial partner with Buckingham Companies and Buckingham Foundation to program the CityWay Gallery in The Alexander Hotel.
In November 2016, iMOCA left the Murphy Building to grow the museum at a new long-term home as part of the redevelopment of the historic Ford Assembly Building at 1315 East Washington Street. Set to open in fall 2019, the new location will house multiple gallery spaces under one roof, expanded hours, and increased educational programming and events on-site.
With a free admission policy, iMOCA prides itself on creating exceptional and approachable contemporary art experiences in Indianapolis.