Head of Museum Resigns Over One Wrong Word in Job Ad

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Charles Venable resigned last week as the head of the Indianapolis Museum of Art Newfields (IMA) over a racially biased phrase in a job posting. The original job posting used the words “core, white art audience”. The phrase has since been replaced with “traditional core art audience”.

Here’s a screenshot of the posting before, the change:

source: Internet Archive WayBack Machine

On February 13th, the museum tweeted about the incident before Venable’s resignation:


— Newfields (@NewfieldsToday) February 13, 2021

A few days later, a letter was released from the IMA Board of Trustees and Board of

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