Society Column: New Year’s Eve at the IMA


The Indianapolis Museum of Art describes its New Year’s Eve festivities as the most glamorous event of the year. The black tie gala was a fundraiser to complete the purchase of its newest acquisition, one of performance artist Nick Cave’s Soundsuits.

And, really what could rival open access to an art museum? Particularly, one with sumptuous buffets, champagne, full bars and party stations located on three gallery levels.

Henle and the Hoops entertained in the Pulliam Family Great Hall. Musical group Unity performed in the Deer Zink Pavilion as patrons including Bob and Mary Pendexter and Rod and Deb Usher enjoyed a multi-course dinner.

The three-level gallery surrounding the 60 foot atrium provided striking views of the Pulliam Family Great Hall as Carmel resident Maria Cartagena and Jeff Barnd of Indianapolis enjoyed the scene from the second gallery level. IMA event committee member, Leslie Rapp, and her husband, John Rapp, enjoyed the success of the event. Jody DeFord, accompanied by her husband, Kevin DeFord, wore a particularly festive designer ensemble. Jennifer Von Deylen and Craig Von Deylen enjoyed mingling with acquaintances and friends.

Because of the massive space of the event, many partygoers congregated in smaller groups including friends Stephanie Hipskind, Christina Davenport and Jessica Bohac, who among other partygoers sported designer Emily Clark Zarse’s headpieces. Zarse’s hats were sold to help raise money for the IMA’s permanent acquisition of Cave’s Soundsuit.

If you would like Current in Carmel to attend your party, gala or social function, please call Tonya Burton at 432-2451 to schedule your event. We would be happy to photograph guests and let our readers know about upcoming society events.

Tonya Burton is the Current’s social scene columnist. You may contact her at


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