Detroit Institute of Arts exhibit comes to Big Rapids

Frank Dutchak (front) and Donny Stokes, with LaVanway Sign Company, help hang a piece of art for the Detroit Institute of Arts’ Inside Out program in downtown Big Rapids. As part of the program, there will be 15 high-quality reproductions of famous pieces of art on display throughout town for the next several months, with programming and events for the project to be announced soon. (Pioneer photo/Taylor Fussman)

BIG RAPIDS — The work of Vincent van Gogh, Henri Matisse and other renowned artists is taking over Big Rapids for the summer and fall.

On Wednesday, 15 high-quality reproductions of famous pieces of art were installed in Hemlock Park, Mitchell Creek Park and downtown Big Rapids as part of the Detroit Institute of Arts’ Inside Out program.

This community engagement project developed by the museum aims to engage local residents with art in the places where they live, work and interact with others.

Jillian Reese, community program manager with the DIA, said Big Rapids seemed like a natural choice for the project due to its “beautiful” downtown area and commitment to bringing arts to the community.

“The mail goal is to encourage people to get out and explore their community,” Reese said.

Artworks Executive Director Lynne Scheible said she is excited to have this program come to Big Rapids.

“People come from all over to see what the art looks like,” Scheible said.

She added Artworks currently is working on developing programming and events for the Inside Out project.

“I hope people will find a way to not just look at the art, but engage with it and be inspired by it,” Scheible said.

For more information about events taking place this summer, visit Artworks’ Facebook page or visit


Posted by Taylor Fussman

Taylor is the cops and courts reporter for the Pioneer and Herald Review newspapers. She can be reached at (231) 592-8362 or by email at

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