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Detroit Institute of Arts offers bike Tours of art Reproductions in Romeo and Rochester - See works featured in museum’s Inside|Out program

Friday, August 05, 2011

(Detroit)—Put on your bicycle best and join a pedal-powered tour of 14 reproductions of paintings from the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) on Saturday, Aug. 13. The tour is part of the DIA’s Inside|Out program, which brings life-sized reproductions of paintings from the DIA's collection to outdoor locations throughout greater metro Detroit. This year’s program is sponsored by DTE Energy Foundation.

The tour begins at the Rochester Farmer's Market, located at 3rd and Water Street, at 10 a.m. Avid cyclists can join DIA staff in Romeo, who will leave from the Starkweather Arts Center, 219 N. Main Street, at 9 a.m. to ride to Rochester.

After seeing the seven works in Rochester, cyclists can have lunch in Rochester or head to Romeo by bicycle or car, where the bike tour will resume at 1:30 p.m. at Westview Orchards & Cider Mill, 65075 Van Dyke at 30 Mile Road. The tour will finish at the Starkweather Arts Center by 3:30 p.m.

To see which works are on the tour in Rochester, visit For a list of works on the tour in Romeo, go to

Inside|Out began last year, and was so popular the DIA expanded its scope. The program celebrates the richness and diversity of the museum’s extensive collection, by connecting with audiences outside the traditional museum walls. The current installations will be on view through August, and a new selection of cities will receive the reproductions from September to November.

For more information, go to



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