Positivity, creativity and happy accidents: Everyone could use more of those in 2020, and the new Bob Ross Experience in Muncie, Indiana, delivers it with vibrancy, and of course, joy.
Last month, a permanent exhibit opened at Minnetrista (a public gathering place with historic buildings), to honor the late Bob Ross and his belief in democratizing artistic expression through painting. The museum is located inside the Lucius L. Ball House, one of many historical buildings on the 40-acre campus, which was converted to a studio where Ross filmed much of his iconic show, “The Joy of Painting.”
Guests can walk through the former studio, which has been refurbished as a nearly exact replica of how it was in Ross’s time. Curators for the exhibit worked closely with Ross’ friends to create a hands-on experience with behind-the-scenes stories.
Paintings on display will be rotated every couple of months so guests see new artwork each time they visit.