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Detroit Institute of Arts’ Inside|Out program comes to Macomb Community College

– Tuesday, August 14, 2018 12:00PM

Scheduled walking tours will provide a guided view of the displayed artwork

The Detroit Institute of Arts’ (DIA) Inside|Out program is coming to Macomb Community College with 15 high-quality reproductions of masterpieces from their collections displayed throughout the college’s South Campus in Warren and Center Campus in Clinton Township.  The exhibition, which is open to the public, is intended to spark interest in the fine arts and the DIA, and to foster conversations around the imagery presented. The artwork will be on display from August 1 through the end of October.

The artwork displayed include reproductions ranging from Claude Monet’s Gladioli and Dancers in the Green Room by Edgar Degas to Animals in a Landscape by Franz Marc and Charles McGee’s Noah’s Ark. Other work includes Savoy Ballroom by Reginald Marsh, The Wedding Dance by Pieter Bruegel and Summer by Thomas Wilmer Dewing.

“Bringing Inside|Out to Macomb embeds fine art images into our educational and community spaces, encouraging and supporting reflection and discussion about the ideas communicated through the visual imagery,” says Deborah Armstrong, associate director of academic development, Macomb Community College. “Looking at and reflecting on art is an effective way to increase observation and interpretation skills and the critical thinking abilities that employers say are needed in the graduates they hire.”

The DIA has been presenting the Inside|Out program for nine years, displaying the weather-resistant reproductions throughout Metro Detroit. At Macomb, the artwork will be placed outside several buildings including the Macomb University Center at Center Campus in Clinton Township and the Sports & Expo Center at South Campus in Warren. There will be eight pieces displayed at Center Campus and seven at South, ranging in size from 24 x 98 to 59 x 86 inches. Maps of the locations and descriptions of the artwork displayed are available here.

“Inside|Out allows us to expose people to great artworks and foster conversations and understanding among Metro Detroit’s diverse communities,” said Jillian Reese, DIA’s community program manager. “Partnering with Macomb County Community College offers the DIA a unique opportunity to reach their students, faculty and staff on the both campuses and the general public just in time for the fall semester. We are happy to support such an important community resource with this project.”

While the free exhibit is open to the public any time, Macomb Community College will be hosting walking tours of the exhibit with tour guides from the DIA on Friday, August 24, beginning at 10:30 a.m. at South Campus starting at the Max Thompson Learning Center (J Building) and Wednesday, September 26, beginning at 1 p.m. at Center Campus starting from the Lorenzo Cultural Center (K Building). For more information on the walking tours, email armstrongde@macomb.edu.

“One thing we hope our visitors learn from the Inside|Out program is that viewing fine art is engaging, valuable and entirely accessible to everyone regardless of background, experience and education,” said Armstrong.

About Macomb Community College

Macomb Community College (www.macomb.edu) is one of the nation’s leading community colleges, providing learning experiences to nearly 40,000 students annually. Macomb nationally ranks in the top two percent in the number of associate degrees awarded by community colleges and is the largest grantor of associate degrees in Michigan. The college’s comprehensive educational programming includes pre-collegiate experiences, university transfer and career preparation programs, bachelor degree completion and graduate degree programs, workforce training, professional education and certification, and continuing education and enrichment opportunities.

Media contact:  Sean M. Patrick, 586.445.7271, patricks28@macomb.edu