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Popular Outdoor Art Program, Inside Out, Returns This Summer

Museum Hosts National #InsideOutUSA Photo Contest on Instagram

The Philadelphia Museum of Art, with the support of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, is launching a new season of Inside Out. This major arts initiative brings high-quality reproductions of Museum masterpieces into communities in the city and across the region. From May 15 through mid-August, residents of East Passyunk, Manyunk, Media in Pennsylvania, as well as Haddonfield, New Jersey, will discover outdoor installations of works of art from the Museum’s collection in their communities. In the fall, the neighborhoods of Brewerytown, Glenside, Lansdowne, and Old City will discover art in unexpected places. This is the third year in which the Museum has participated in this nationally-acclaimed program, having brought Inside Out to Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia counties.

Timothy Rub, The Philadelphia Museum of Art’s George D. Widener Director and Chief Executive Officer, said: “Inside Out is an invitation to people throughout the region to share in the beauty of our collections where they live. By bringing the Museum’s collections to their sidewalks and storefronts, we hope that it will inspire people to think about the role that art can play in their daily lives. The Museum’s treasures are for everyone to enjoy.”

The large-scale, framed reproductions highlight key works from the Museum’s world-renowned collection of American, European, Latin American, and Asian art. They will be mounted on walls or placed on posts in frames representative of the periods during which the art works were created, and accompanied by a descriptive label. Each community will receive up to ten masterpieces to place within walking or biking distance of each other.

In East Passyunk, residents will see art outside the Adobe Café, Bok Building, Noord and Pat’s Steaks, among other locations. In Manayunk, sites include the Canal Towpath, Pretzel Park, and Manayunk Brewing Company. Major works, including Paul Cézanne’s Mont Sainte-Victoire, and Georgia O’ Keeffe’s Two Calla Lilies on Pink, will be displayed in Media. In Haddonfield, people can view Claude Monet’s Japanese Footbridge and the Water Lily Pool, Giverny, and Thomas Eakins’s Sailboats Racing on the Delaware.

In addition to areas in and around Philadelphia, Knight is supporting Inside Out in four other cities this year, working with the Akron Art Museum, the Detroit Institute of Arts, the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art in Charlotte, North Carolina, and the Pérez Art Museum in Miami, Florida.

“Encountering a work of art in an unexpected place is a great way to pique interest in seeing more of a museum’s collection,” said Victoria Rogers, Vice President for Arts at Knight Foundation. “Inside Out brings the joy, the inspiration of seeing a work of art in person directly to people in their everyday lives.”

Gail Harrity, President and COO of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, said: “We are deeply appreciative of Knight Foundation’s support of this project. The project has grown hugely popular in and around Philadelphia, just as it has in cities all over the country. With Knight’s help, we’ve placed art in more than twenty local communities and have partnered with over fifty organizations in the process. It underscores our goals for building and strengthening community partnerships, and enrichening people’s lives with art.”

National Photo Contest
From Friday, June 9 through Monday, June 12, the five museums together will host a #InsideOutUSA Photo Contest on Instagram, where people in each city will document their pop-up installations. Instagrammers who use the hashtag #InsideOutUSA in addition to the organizing museum’s handle will automatically be entered in the photo contest and become eligible for a national prize. Visit InsideOutUSA.org for contest rules and prize information.

Free Weekend of Museum Admission
The Philadelphia Museum of Art is hosting a weekend of free admission, from Friday, July 21 through Sunday, July 23, for residents of all past and present Inside Out communities in and around Philadelphia. A valid driver’s license is required for free entry.

The installation, barring inclement weather or other unforeseen circumstances, will take place on the following days between 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.:

Monday, May 8
Pretzel Park in Manayunk

Tuesday, May 9
The Delaware County Court House in Media

Wednesday, May 10
Memorial High School in Haddonfield

Thursday, May 11
East Passyunk (location TBD)

Social Media:
Join the conversation #InsideOutUSA and download the free app Art Inside Out. @philamuseum


Inside Out is generously supported by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. Special thanks to H&G Sign Co. and Krain Outdoor Advertising for providing assistance with artwork reproductions, offering access throughout Philadelphia.

Inside Out in Philadelphia
Philadelphia is the third city to present this innovative program, thanks to Knight Foundation’s support. In 2015, participating communities included Ambler, Chestnut Hill and Mount Airy, East Passyunk, Fishtown/Kensington, Media, Newtown, Norristown, Wayne and West Chester, as well as Haddonfield, New Jersey. In 2016, the communities of Brewerytown, Bristol, Coatesville, Conshohocken, Doylestown, Jenkintown, Landsdowne, Narberth, Old City, Phonexville, Tacony, and Upper Darby participated.

About Inside Out
Inside Out was conceived by the Detroit Institute of the Arts as a way to engage the community in its collection, and has been in hundreds of locations over the past five years and engaged thousands of residents. Knight Foundation, which believes that weaving the arts into the fabric of communities inspires the people who live there, is helping to continue the success of the project by funding the program in several cities around the country, including Akron, Ohio, and others to be announced.

About the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation
Knight Foundation is a national foundation with strong local roots. We invest in journalism, in the arts, and in the success of cities where brothers John S. and James L. Knight once published newspapers. Our goal is to foster informed and engaged communities, which we believe are essential for a healthy democracy.

Knight Foundation has supported the Philadelphia Museum of Art for more than four decades, most recently with the generous grant for Inside Out and for the exhibition Dancing around the Bride: Cage, Cunningham, Johns, Rauschenberg, and Duchamp.

Press Contacts
For questions about the Museum’s collection
Joy Deibert, Philadelphia Museum of Art, 215 684-7864, joy.deibert@philamuseum.org

For questions about Inside Out in Manayunk
Megan Douress, Manayunk Development Corporation, 267-270-3075, mdouress@manayunk.org

For questions about Inside Out in Media
Judy Fowler, 610-745-1109, jholdenfowler@gmail.com

For questions about Inside Out in Haddonfield
Michelle Salazar, Suasions, 609-653-0400 ext. 116

For questions about Inside Out in East Passyunk
Leon Malloy, East Passyunk Crossing Civic Association, 609-752-4576, leon.malloy@gmail.com

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For additional information, contact the Communications Department of the Philadelphia Museum of Art phone at 215-684-7860, by fax at 215-235-0050, or by e-mail at pressroom@philamuseum.org. The Philadelphia Museum of Art is located on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway at 26th Street. For general information, call (215) 763-8100.