The Detroit Institute of Arts has selected Shelby Township and Utica among the Metro area communities that will feature Inside|Out outdoor art installations this spring and summer.
"Now in its fourth year, Inside|Out brings reproductions of masterpieces from the DIA’s collection to the streets of metro Detroit," a DIA press release said. "Inside|Out aims to connect with audiences outside the museum walls in places where they live, work and play."
Utica and Shelby Township will host Inside|Out installations from April through June and July through September, respectively.
“We’re very excited and we really appreciate being part of the program,” said Utica Mayor Jackie Noonan. "I applaud the program. It’s marvelous that a great resource like the institute is reaching out to the communities.”
Each community will receive five reproductions of works found within the DIA. The art is typically installed in areas that receive the greatest foot traffic, such as hiking trails and city buildings.
Utica will host the following works of art:
- "Fire in a Haystack," Jules Adolphe Aime Louis Breton
- "Gladioli," Claude Monet
- "The Trapper's Return," George Caleb Bingham
- "A Woman," Modigliani
- "Cotapaxi," Frederic Edwin Church
The installations' exact locations have yet to be determined. Shelby Township's works and locations have not been announced.
New this year, residents of participating Inside|Out communities are invited to visit the museum for free on a so-called "community weekend," during which they will receive free admission, as well as a 10 percent discount in the Cafe DIA and museum shop, $1 off Detroit Film Theatre tickets and free admission to showings of the DFT 101 film series. Utica's community weekend will be June 1-2. Shelby Township's weekend will be announced at a later date.
Utica Deputy Clerk Beth Ricketts was on hand Friday as the announcement was made in the Detroit museum's gilded Crystal Ballroom.
"Most of the art's going to be in our new river walk," she said, adding that the art will be up during the Riverwalk Festival in June. "Hopefully, adults and kids will come out and enjoy it and visit the downtown."
"I think people tend to forget about the DIA unless they have kids," Ricketts said. "You forget about the DIA and all the museums we have because you live here. You go on vacation and forget about what's in your own back yard."
In addition to the Inside|Out project, the DIA will also be a presence at Utica's Riverwalk Festival June 15 and 16.
"Staff from the DIA will be doing creative activities with children each day," Noonan said. "We are so pleased that they want to come and support us in this way. There will be wonderful art projects going on and what better place than arts and crafts festival?"
Admission to the DIA is currently free for Macomb, Oakland and Wayne County residents. There is still a charge for special exhibits.
2013 Inside|Out lineup
Spring (April - June)
- Ann Arbor
- Dearborn Heights
- Hazel Park
- New Baltimore
- Redford Township
- Rochester Hills
- Southwest Detroit
- Walled Lake
- Detroit (Belle Isle, Indian Village and surrounding area)
- Huntington Woods
- Lincoln Park
- Pleasant Ridge
- Shelby Township
- Sterling Heights