A reproduction of “The Lily Pond,” an oil painting by Charles Harry Eaton,  can be found at Rosie’s Park in Madison Heights, part of the Detroit  Institute of Arts’ Inside|Out series of outdoor exhibits.

A reproduction of “The Lily Pond,” an oil painting by Charles Harry Eaton, can be found at Rosie’s Park in Madison Heights, part of the Detroit Institute of Arts’ Inside|Out series of outdoor exhibits.

Photo by Deb Jacques


Madison Heights hosts DIA Inside|Out exhibits

By: Andy Kozlowski | Madison - Park News | Published July 17, 2020

 “Flowers in a Glass Vase,” an oil painting by Rachel Ruysch, is displayed in reproduction form outside Woodpile BBQ.

“Flowers in a Glass Vase,” an oil painting by Rachel Ruysch, is displayed in reproduction form outside Woodpile BBQ.

Photo by Deb Jacques

 A reproduction of “Movement #27,” an acrylic-and-pencil piece of Owusu-Ankomah, is displayed at Civic Center Park. A fourth piece, “Portrait of a Collagist” by Benny Andrews, is displayed outside at the nearby Madison Heights Public Library.

A reproduction of “Movement #27,” an acrylic-and-pencil piece of Owusu-Ankomah, is displayed at Civic Center Park. A fourth piece, “Portrait of a Collagist” by Benny Andrews, is displayed outside at the nearby Madison Heights Public Library.

Photo by Deb Jacques

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MADISON HEIGHTS — Inside|Out, a program by the Detroit Institute of Arts, or DIA, has set up its outdoor exhibits in four parks across Madison Heights.  

“Through what I’d call herculean efforts by a few members of the Arts Board, these four amazing works of art are now out on display in our city,” said Mark Bliss, a member of the Madison Heights City Council. “This is the type of small program that makes a huge difference in the city, and was only made possible by the incredible volunteers on our Arts Board.”

This is the program’s first appearance in Madison Heights, although the overall program is now in its 11th year, following a modified schedule this summer due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The program brings high-quality reproductions of the DIA’s collection to outdoor venues across metro Detroit, the idea being to increase engagement between the museum and the public, and to start conversations about art.

In Madison Heights, the works include:

• “Movement #27,” an acrylic-and-pencil piece by Owusu-Ankomah, at Civic Center Park, located at 360 W. 13 Mile.

• “Portrait of a Collagist,” an oil-and-collage piece by Benny Andrews, at the Madison Heights Public Library, located at 240 W. 13 Mile.

• “The Lily Pond,” an oil painting by Charles Harry Eaton, at Rosie’s Park, located at 1111 E. Farnum Ave.

• “Flowers in a Glass Vase,” an oil painting by Rachel Ruysch, at Woodpile BBQ, located at 630 E. 11 Mile.  

“I love the idea of bringing art to the city,” said Roslyn Grafstein, the mayor pro tem of Madison Heights. “Inside|Out provides our residents and visitors exposure to great works of art without having to leave Madison Heights. Even though the DIA has reopened with reduced hours and extra precautions, many people are still not comfortable going into the building, but will take advantage of touring the city to see these art exhibits.  So far I have only seen the installation at the library, but I am excited to get out and see the other three later this summer.”

More than 100 communities have been visited by the program in the past 10 years, and this year the program extends to five new locations in northern Michigan, including Mackinac Island, Bellaire, Ludington, Douglas and Hancock.  

In addition to Madison Heights, sites in Oakland County include Hazel Park, Rochester Hills, Oakland County Parks, Indian Springs Metropark in White Lake, Michigan Air Line Trailway (Commerce Township, Walled Lake, Wixom), the Auburn Hills Public Library, Clarkston, Berkley, Milford and Oakland Community College (multiple campuses).

In Macomb County, sites include Lake St. Clair Metropark in Harrison Township, Sterling Heights, Utica, St. Clair Shores and Macomb Community College (multiple campuses).

In Wayne County, sites include Lafayette Green Gardens, Trenton, Dearborn, Oakwoods Metropark, Livonia, Wayne County Parks, Northville, Grosse Pointe Woods and Wayne County Community College (multiple campuses).

The DIA has also installed an exhibit at the Detroit Arsenal in Warren that is open only to employees at the facility.

The museum encourages each location to make the Inside|Out program an interactive event, with the pieces all located within biking or walking distance of each other in each community.

The DIA currently has more than 60,000 works in its collection, including such notable pieces as the first Van Gogh painting to enter a U.S. museum (“Self-Portrait,” 1887), and Diego Rivera’s Detroit Industry murals (1932-33).  

“In the past 10 years, the DIA has partnered with more than 100 communities, and now in Year 11, I’m proud that Madison Heights has made the cut,” Bliss said. “I encourage every resident to drop by at least one of these sites, and enjoy art in a new and exciting way.”

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