By RENEE SUMMERS, A&E Editor
Located on Woodward Avenue, The Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) has been a Detroit gem since its opening in 1927. The museum boasts a collection of 65,000 works of art, ranging from paintings to sculptures and photographs. While residents of Wayne, Macomb and Oakland Counties benefit from free admission resulting from the tri-county art millage, sometimes it’s just inconvenient to drive downtown. The DIA has solved that problem for art enthusiasts with its Inside/Out Exhibit, which places high quality reproductions of some of the museum’s masterpieces on display in accessible places in neighboring cities for the public to enjoy.
Now in its eighth year, Inside/Out offers displays of seven to 12 eye-catching reproductions in places of high pedestrian traffic, such as parks, libraries, festivals and busy downtown streets. The reproductions are reflective of the impressive collection of original paintings the museum has on display.
The museum has planned a Spring Display, running from April 16 to July 16. Locations include Farmington, Brighton, Taylor and Detroit’s Lafayette Park, which is a new venue this year. A Summer Display will run from August 1 to October 31 and will include the cities of Allen Park, Troy and St. Clair Shores. Additionally, a six-mile long display in Hines Park will be featured in the summer exhibition. Eleven communities total are involved, so this is no small feat. The Detroit International Wildlife Refuge along the lower Detroit River will be participating for the first time also, with displays in the Gibraltar, Grosse Ile and Trenton refuge areas.
The exhibit is sponsored by The Knight Foundation. You can find a complete list of cities which are participating at www.dia.org/inside/out. Get on out to one of the participating venues and get a glimpse of the magnificence that awaits you at the DIA on Woodward Avenue.