The National Art Museum of Sport is also simply known as NAMOS. It’s intended to be a fine art museum with an emphasis on sports themes. These would include elements like sports art capturing emotions, competitive anxiety, and the joys of winning contrasted with the agonies of defeat. This exhibit is going to a permanent one highlighting both iconic moments in the careers of athletes and even art created by athletes. Locals might be interested to know that Hoosier legend C. W. Mundy will be one of the many featured artists whose nearly thousand works can be seen while visitors walk through Efroymoson Pavilion.
While the collection is not yet finalized, a certain group of pieces is already known to be inhabiting the collection and possibly serve as must-see pieces visitors should make sure they see. “Tennis” by Erte starts the list, which also features “Racing” by Rosalee Bum and “Arthur Ashe” by Donald Moss. Barney Stein’s “Jackie Robinson” is going to be here, as is “Bathers” by Winslow Homer. Alfred Boucher’s work is represented by “Au But! (To The Goal)” while LeRoy Neiman’s work is illustrated with his piece “French Connection.” Ray Ellis is honored with the display of his “Cobb Slide,” and none other than Muhammad Ali has artwork here, with “Float Like A Butterfly, Sting Like A Bee.”
Germain G. Glidden was the sportsman and artist that originally founded NAMOS in 1959, although it didn’t open its initial location until nearly a decade later. It spent a decade at Madison Square Garden before moving to the University of New Haven. It later had an exhibit and then gallery in Indianapolis before settling into a location at Indian University – Purdue University Indianapolis, where it stayed from 1994 until 2010.
At the time of writing, NAMOS was scheduled to reopen March 17, 2018 as part of the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, where admission would be free with a general museum ticket purchased for all other pre-existing exhibits. The museum is located at 3000 North Meridian Street in Indianapolis, Indiana, with a specific ZIP code of 46208-4716. The phone number is 317-334-4000.
Children and families can not only appreciate sports-themed art and the creative works of athletes, but even create their own creative works surrounding sports themes or inspiration. Visitors will have the opportunity to illustration motions through sports, and then take home their drawings. Favorite athletes and sports can be shaped with putty, and you can even create your very own sports card featuring your personal best stats.
Kids who are learning or participating in sports would love and cherish a visit to this shrine of athletics, helping them understand the deep and complex emotions that surround many different sports, many of which are represented here in the works presented, some of which are created by athletes themselves. Coaches in a practical driving radius should seriously consider a field trip for their teams to visit in the off-season for team bonding and learning. Even adults still active in sports can enjoy this place, with or without kids present.