The Indianapolis Museum of Art has appointed Charles L. Venable as its director and CEO. He follows Maxwell L. Anderson, who left Indianapolis at the end of 2011 for a directorship at the Dallas Museum of Art.


Venable has held those same two posts at the Speed Art Museum, Louisville, Ky., for the past five years. Having spearheaded the institution's master plan for a 200,000-square-foot expansion that will include an art park, Venable will depart just as the museum shuts down in late September to undergo substantial renovations. The Speed is slated to reopen in 2015, and has already raised nearly 90% of the $50 million needed for the expansion. Venable's more than 25 years of museum experience also includes senior-level positions at the Cleveland Museum of Art and the Dallas Museum of Art.

In a press release, Venable expressed his belief that the IMA is "a pioneering arts institution that can play a major role in charting the course for American museums for the future." His first day on the job will be Oct. 8.