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Jan 20 – May 28, 2023

BART is an unauthorized and in-depth look at the process and teamwork needed to create America’s longest-running primetime animated television show. Set in the fictional town of Springfield, the show explores the life of a working-class family through parodies of American culture and society, television, and the human condition.

Visitors will be greeted with an array of brightly painted walls and familiar references when entering the gallery, as if stepping right through their screens. Every wall will be covered in original, hand-made animation cels (transparent sheets on which objects are drawn or painted for animation) that millions of fans have seen on their screens over the past 33 years. BART will be the first time these original animation cels will be shown in Wisconsin, only previously seen at the Tacoma Art Museum, WA and the Museum of Moving Image in New York City, NY. Beyond the colorful walls and expressive animation cels, visitors will be invited to explore the hand-made animation process at animation stations throughout the gallery.

Group Tours & Field Trips We’re excited to see your class or group at the Trout Museum of Art! Learn more here.

This collection is on loan from William Heeter and Kristi Correa. Also made possible by the Sandra & Monroe Trout Art Exhibitions Endowment Fund within the Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region and Kay James Design.

Photo by Melissa McCarthy, credit Tacoma Art Museum.


Opening Reception
Fri, Jan 20 | 5 – 8pm
Free and Open to the Public

BART at TMA Pub Quiz Night
Thurs, Feb 16 | 6 – 9pm

BART After Dark
Fri, March 10 | 7 – 10pm

Member Closing Reception & Meet the Collector
Fri, May 18 | 5 – 8pm

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