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Explore the nearly 140-year history of one of the world’s great public art museums with this entertaining lecture series on the striking personalities, generous donors, and notable acquisitions that have made the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) the jewel in Detroit’s cultural crown. Along the way we will look in depth at special treasures of the museum, such as the frescoes by Diego Rivera. Included for in-depth examination will be works in a wide variety of media, works that range from ancient times to some made in 2023, and works by artists living in areas all around the world including a few by local Detroit artists. Wendy will discuss works that are familiar to any regular DIA patron, but also those less well known. Wendy Evans was raised among the museums of London, England, and holds advanced degrees from Oxford University and Wayne State University. She taught art history at Wayne and is a long-time docent volunteer at the DIA. Wendy is known fondly for her British accent and crazy socks, and for the passion for art she loves to share with others in her richly illustrated presentations.