Enjoy the Owsley Museum’s art collection online


MUNCIE – As the David Owsley Art Museum at Ball State University remains closed to the public due to COVID-19 restrictions, visitors can now see many of their favorite works of art and learn more about them. others using a new collection search page.

The online collection allows guests to browse an initial catalog of over 1,000 objects from DOMA’s collection of over 11,000 works of art.

The new online collection was made possible by a grant from the Ball Brothers Foundation aimed at expanding the museum’s public reach, according to a Ball State statement. “The Ball Brothers Foundation was proud to support efforts to make the museum’s collection accessible to virtual visitors around the world,” Jud Fisher, president and chief operating officer of BBF, said in the statement. “It’s rare for a city our size to have a world-class art collection, and the digitization of the collection will strengthen Muncie as a center of arts and culture in the Midwest and beyond. We are grateful to the DOMA team for their hard work in making this project possible.

Through this personalized search page, DOMA is now able to share its art collection with students, researchers, other art museums and art lovers both locally and globally. “The online collection is the result of an increased effort to update the museum’s digital foundation through a new collection management system, which makes images and data about the museum’s treasures available for educational, ”said Robert La France, director of DOMA. “At the moment, almost all of the artwork on display in the galleries can be viewed online and we look forward to expanding the selection to include art in storage.”

Visit bsu.edu/doma/collection for more information, to browse thematic portfolios, and to search the collection. Questions and comments are welcome at [email protected]

Art competition provides creative outlet during pandemic

MUNCIE – Open Door Health Services has a community art competition, “We ART Together!” encourage local youth to continue engaging in creative activities even after schoolwork ends.

All children aged 12 and under living in Delaware, Madison, Grant, Blackford, Jay, Randolph, or Henry counties are eligible to participate.

To participate, children are invited to create a new work of art in two or three dimensions. Parents or guardians can then visit opendoorhs.org/art to submit a photo of the art. The registration deadline is May 31st.

Creative projects are beneficial for children during times of stress like a pandemic, according to Alan Maugherman, director of behavioral health at Open Door. “Children can use art projects as a positive opportunity to disconnect from anxiety and real-life stressors,” Maugherman said. “They might also choose to turn these uncontrollable stressors into a creative project under their control.”

Open Door Pediatrics providers will serve as judges and select winners in multiple age categories. Winners will receive a $ 25 gift card of their choice from Made in Muncie Pottery or Toys Forever, both located in downtown Muncie.

With recent business closures related to COVID-19, the pricing choice was intentional, said Suzanne Clem, director of community outreach at Open Door. “Steps away from the downtown Open Door Muncie location, we have a unique local shopping scene that we know has been impacted by the pandemic,” Clem said. “Giving prizes to local businesses is a small way to be good neighbors with them. “

“We ART together! The winners will be announced in early June and all entries will be posted online for the community to view.

Full details of the competition are available at opendoorhs.org.

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