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July 19, 2011                    

Ivy Tech to feature artist installation at all five Bloomington locations

Ivy Tech Community College will feature an installation project, "In Plain Sight–A Visual Treasure Hunt," by artist Dylan DeWitt at all five Ivy Tech Bloomington locations this fall, from Sept. 14 to Oct. 14. The upcoming installation will challenge people to see institutional spaces in new ways.

“It’s a little ironic that what we call “plain sight” – seemingly the most natural and transparent thing in the world – turns out to be one of the most complex and confusing processes humans perform,” Dewitt said. “I typically prefer sites not usually used for displaying art, such as stairwells, ceilings, and the like.”

Ivy Tech Waldron artistic director says that the reactions to the art were as delightful as the art itself. “As Dylan presented his art and I looked around our planning meeting, I didn’t see the usual serious faces while discussing how to realize an event. Instead, giggles and gasps filled the room,” he said.

The community is encouraged to bring family and friends of all ages to the free exhibits in the fall. Visitors of the installation will be given a special tour card with clues to lead them through the various locations. Once the card is filled out, participants can submit it for an exhibit souvenir, and to enter a drawing for prizes.

“This Dylan DeWitt installation is the most ambitious public art project this community has seen in recent memory,” said assistant economic development director for the arts Miah Michaelsen. “Kudos to Ivy Tech for bringing such an exciting and challenging opportunity to Bloomington. It’ll only be with us for a short time, so don’t miss it!”

“In Plain Sight–A Visual Treasure Hunt” is made possible through the support of Bloomington Arts Commission and City of Bloomington.

For more information about the installation or other Ivy Tech art exhibits visit Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center at

Ivy Tech Community College is the state’s largest public postsecondary institution and the nation’s largest singly accredited statewide community college system serving nearly 200,000 students annually. Ivy Tech has campuses throughout Indiana. It serves as the state’s engine of workforce development, offering affordable degree programs and training that are aligned with the needs of its community along with courses and programs that transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association.