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DIA’s Inside|Out returns to Rochester

By: Mary Beth Almond | Rochester Post | Published July 7, 2020

 “In the Garden,” by Mary Cassatt, is behind the Rochester Hills Public Library, in the back garden.

“In the Garden,” by Mary Cassatt, is behind the Rochester Hills Public Library, in the back garden.

Photo provided by the Rochester Hills Public Library


ROCHESTER HILLS — The Detroit Institute of Arts’ 2020 Inside|Out program will once again bring art to Rochester this summer.

Megan Hawthorne, the DIA’s community program manager, said the art museum launched the project in 2010.

“The Inside|Out program gives the DIA a unique way to engage with tri-county residents by bringing art from the DIA into the communities in which they live,” she said in an email.

It’s the fourth time the city has been chosen to participate in Inside|Out. Rochester served as one of the pilot cities for the project in 2010 with two pieces on display. The following year, the program came back to Rochester with seven pieces of art. In 2018, the city was a temporary home for 10 DIA reproductions.

“We are fortunate that Inside|Out is an outdoor event, but we encourage visitors to practice social distancing when viewing the reproductions,” Hawthorne said in an email. “We hope that the Rochester Hills community is able to enjoy a small piece of the art, history and culture at the Detroit Institute of Arts.”

Three art reproductions are currently on display near the Rochester Hills Public Library in downtown Rochester.

“Love Flight of a Pink Candy Heart,” by Florine Stettheimer, is located at the library’s west entrance, off of Olde Town Road.

“It’s a really beautiful, massive piece of artwork that pops in a beautiful way,” library Director Juliane Morian said.

“In the Garden,” by Mary Cassatt, is behind the library in the back garden.

“Portrait of Postman Roulin,” by Vincent van Gogh, can be found in Rochester Rotary Gateway Park.

Morian said the exhibit is one of the many ways the library can offer experiential learning in a modern day library setting.

“By experiential learning, what we’re talking about is combining experiences with the act of learning. So, thinking beyond the traditional style of learning in a book and the idea of placing yourself in an environment, such as the library gardens, and pairing it with beautiful works of art of the DIA help open up new channels, new imagination and new possibilities in our minds, so we see it as a perfect pairing,” she said.

The artwork will be on display in Rochester until the fall.

For more information, visit the DIA’s website,