By Rachel Buckmaster, Associate Director, David Owsley Museum of Art—
MUNCIE, IN– A Spring tradition continues at the David Owsley Museum of Art (DOMA) with Art in Bloom, a free public floral exhibition on Saturday, May 20, and Sunday, May 21, with extended museum hours from 1-5 p.m. on both days. In addition, a free public reception will celebrate springtime from 5-7 p.m. on Saturday, May 20, with jazz, snacks, and a cash bar.
Family-friendly activities include docent-led tours, a floral demonstration, live music, and hands-on crafts for all ages. Parking is free on West Campus Drive in the Old Quad.
Art in Bloom invites the region’s top floral designers from Muncie, Fort Wayne, and Indianapolis to present innovative floral creations inspired by significant works from the museum’s collection.
“Art in Bloom is always a wonderful occasion to celebrate springtime in Muncie through the intersection of floral design with artwork from around the world,” said Dr. Robert La France, DOMA’s director. He also noted that the tradition, and museum, are “big-city perks that families can enjoy in America’s Middletown.”
The Art in Bloom weekend also provides a final opportunity to see the special exhibition “A Wild Story: The David and Sarojini Johnson Print Collection,” which closes on May 21.
Throughout the weekend, visitors can view floral interpretations of five of the museum’s most impressive works of art and then vote for their favorite arrangement. The People’s Choice Award will be announced on social media on Monday, May 22.
Several generous sponsors—including this year’s Major Sponsor, Ada Rose Design—support this annual museum fundraiser. Proceeds from Art in Bloom sustain the Friends of the David Owsley Museum of Art and the Ball State University Foundation in their mission to fund the museum’s acquisitions, exhibitions, and programs. Visit bsu.edu/doma for more information about the museum and its programs.
About the David Owsley Museum of Art at Ball State University
Free and open to the public, the David Owsley Museum of Art at Ball State University houses a world art collection with over 11,000 works from Africa, Asia, Oceania, Europe, and the Americas. DOMA cultivates lifelong learning and recreation in the visual arts through exciting interdisciplinary art exhibitions with engaging displays of the permanent collection in an educational environment that serves both the University and the East Central Indiana region. Website: bsu.edu/DOMA
Visitor hours: Tuesday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Saturday, 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Address: 2021 W. Riverside Avenue, Muncie, Indiana. Parking is available at the McKinley Parking Garage, and MITS bus stops are nearby. DOMA is in the Fine Arts Building on the north side of Ball State University’s Old Quad. For more information, call the museum at 765-285-5242 or email email@example.com.
About Ball State
Founded in 1918 and located in Muncie, Ball State University is one of Indiana’s premier universities and an economic driver for the state. Ball State’s 20,000 students come from all over Indiana, the nation, and the world. The 790-acre campus is large enough to accommodate first-rate facilities and 19 NCAA Division I sports, but our welcoming and inclusive campus is small enough to ensure the friendliness, personal attention, and access that are the hallmarks of the University. Destination 2040: Our Flight Path establishes Ball State’s ambitious goals for our second century.