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Detroit Institute of Arts is taking it to the Streets—Again: Popular Inside|Out Project is back - Outdoor locations being sought for display of reproductions from museum’s collection

Monday, April 18, 2011

(Detroit)—The Detroit Institute of Arts’ (DIA) Inside|Out project, which debuted last year to great interest, is back by popular demand. Last year, the DIA brought 40 reproductions of paintings from its collection to the streets and parks of the greater metro Detroit area. Celebrating the richness and diversity of the museum’s extensive collection, the project connected with audiences outside the traditional museum walls in a grand, open air gallery.

For 2011 the number of artworks has increased to 80, and the museum is inviting area communities to actively participate in this year’s Inside|Out. Last year the works were spread throughout different cities, but this year the DIA is looking to cluster six to eight pieces within walking or bike-riding distance of each other. Installation will begin in June, and each venue’s artwork will be on view for three months. The Inside|Out project, during which venues and artworks will change, will run through August 2012.

Cities and businesses that take part in Inside|Out will be featured on an interactive map on the DIA’s website as well as on its social network pages that include Facebook, Flickr, YouTube and Twitter. The DIA plans to have educational programs and social media contests in conjunction with Inside|Out, and hopes people will be inspired to visit the DIA to see “the real thing.”

Among last year’s venues were dog parks, businesses, historical downtowns and parks. Kathleen Fegley, owner of Noir Leather in Royal Oak, was one of the first to join in. Appropriately, The Nightmare was chosen for that venue. “The Nightmare painting was so well received,” said Fegley. “Individuals came into the store just to tell us how much they enjoyed the artwork alongside our building. This project is a reminder of how important art is in our culture and bringing it to the masses is a brilliant and fresh idea! We'd gladly participate again.” Julie Farkas, director of the Novi Public Library, was thrilled with the project. “This was a great collaboration,” said Farkas. “One Saturday we had a program for young children, with DIA volunteers talking about the artwork and DIA staff helping kids make their own art. Not everyone can make it to the DIA, and this was a great way of bringing a taste of the museum to the community.”

The DIA would like to hear from downtown development authorities, municipal parks and recreation departments, historic districts or anchor arts organizations in cities that would like to participate. Those interested should contact Michelle Hauske at 313-833-9786 or at for information.

Ed. Note: Images from last year’s Inside|Out are available upon request.

The Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA), one of the premier art museums in the United States, is home to more than 60,000 works that comprise a multicultural survey of human creativity from ancient times through the 21st century. From the first van Gogh painting to enter a U.S. museum (Self-Portrait, 1887), to Diego Rivera's world-renowned Detroit Industry murals (1932–33), the DIA's collection is known for its quality, range, and depth. The DIA’s mission is to create opportunities for all visitors to find personal meaning in art.

Programs are made possible with support from the City of Detroit.
Contact: Pamela Marcil 313-833-7899