Bob Ross inspired generations of viewers with his soft-spoken voice and a pallet knife. With its global reach, it’s hard to imagine that much of the beloved series, “The Joy of Painting,” was filmed in an unassuming studio in Muncie, Indiana. Bob painted for the iconic series out of the historic L.L. Ball home on Minnetrista’s campus from 1983 to 1988. Bob’s message of fearless creativity and his ability to reinterpret perceived mistakes as “happy little accidents” is something we want to see amplified in our world today.
We are refurbishing Bob’s former studio, bringing together objects and media from Bob’s life and career, and adding interactive experiences that will bring the “Joy of Painting” to life for visitors.The Bob Ross Experience at Minnetrista will create a space for Bob’s message to flourish.
When you enter the former studio, the magic of Bob’s presence and message can still be felt. We want to make that space accessible to everyone. Minnetrista is partnering with Bob Ross Inc. to create a permanent experience that consists of a recreated studio, gallery space, and painting workshop. Through the Bob Ross Experience we will reframe how people think about their mistakes, abilities, and self-expression. We want to say to the world: Bob painted here and you can too.