Famous art reproductions coming to Ypsilanti
Courtesy of the Detroit Institute of Arts
Famous paintings will be popping up around Ypsilanti beginning in July. They're actually reproductions of masterpieces from the Detroit Institute of Arts, which will be sharing them with the city of Ypsilanti from July through September.
The framed reproductions have been displayed in a number of Southeastern Michigan cities, including Ann Arbor, where there have been seven reproductions on display, but that ends Sunday.
This is the fourth year of the project known as DIA Inside/Out, and it's sponsored by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. Ypsilanti first displayed artwork from the DIA in 2010 at Riverside Park, and thanks to the positive response, the DIA wanted to share more of its art reproductions with the community.
Tim Colbeck, executive director of Ypsilanti's Downtown Development Authority, said that getting people out and about in the city looking for the pieces of art will also bring more people into local businesses. He said that the art will add to the aesthetic of the city, and that it's something that people in the community appreciate.
Residents of Ypsilanti will be able to enjoy what the DIA calls "community weekends" on July 27-28 when they can visit the museum for free to see the actual versions of the reproduced paintings and receive other discounts at the museum.
Like Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti will play host to seven reproductions. You can see a map of their specific locations on the DIA's website.