Founded in 2001 by a group of arts benefactors and enthusiasts, the Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art (iMOCA) began as – and still remains – Indianapolis’ only museum dedicated solely to showing and advancing contemporary art. As a non-collecting institution, iMOCA’s mission is to bring contemporary exhibitions and programs to the Indianapolis community to stimulate minds, inspire new discoveries and demonstrate the vital connections between visual culture and life.
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. The move placed the museum in an actively revitalizing area and iMOCA became inseparable from the thriving Fountain Square art scene. In October 2014, iMOCA entered into a partnership with Buckingham Companies and Buckingham Foundation to program a gallery space in The Alexander Hotel at CityWay.
iMOCA strives to present artwork that increases the understanding and appreciation of contemporary visual culture, provoking dialogue and encouraging the discovery that art is all around us. The museum supports a wide variety of emerging and mid-career artists through innovative exhibitions and audience engagement. Artist talks, workshops and other programming offer unique points of entry into the world of contemporary art. By offering free admission, iMOCA prides itself on accessibility.