Topics: Arts and Culture, College of Fine Arts, Community Engagement, Muncie

May 9, 2023

Art in Bloom, Ball State University
The 2022 Art in Bloom People’s Choice Award winner was created by Foister’s Flowers and inspired by “The Death of the Dauphin” by Louis Jean Francois Lagrenee.

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 for more information about the museum and its programs.