Since its earliest history – even before it had an art collection of its own – the National Art Museum of Sport has organized outstanding exhibits. Over the past 50 plus years, there have been more than 100.
In recent years, these have included the Racing exhibit, Speed and Motion: Racing to the Finish Line and exhibits of the jurors’ selections from the 2010 and 2011 Commitment to Excellence in Art and Sport: A Fine Art Competition.
Special highlights have been:
* The 1968 inaugural exhibit in the Museum’s first gallery, that in New York’s Madison Square Garden — it included both early acquisitions to the NAMOS collection and works loaned by major museums and artists.
* Two exhibits at Olympic venues – the 1968 Summer Games in Mexico City and the 1980 Winter Games at Lake Placid, NY.
* In Indianapolis during the 1987 Pan American Games – the exhibit led to the move of NAMOS to Indianapolis.
* Sport in Art: The Director’s Choice – sport art from 50 American museums were loaned for the exhibit opening NAMOS’ Indianapolis home and traveled to three other museums.
Frequently, NAMOS turns to its permanent collection for special exhibits. In 2011, it saluted the 125th anniversary of professional baseball in Indianapolis with baseball art from the permanent collection plus the winners in the annual art competition conducted in connection with the Jerry Malloy conference on the old Negro Baseball Leagues.
The Museum marked its 50th anniversary in 2009 with an exhibit that included many of the pieces that had been shown in the first exhibit in 1968 at Madison Square Garden. Another recent exhibit was based on the Museum’s claim that its art represents at least 50 sports.