Welcome to Bob’s Happy Home,
Ball State PBS!
In the early 1980s, landscape painter Bob Ross began taping THE JOY OF PAINTING in the original WIPB-TV studio – a two-story yellow L.L. Ball home in Muncie, Indiana.
Ross filmed this simple, soothing half-hour painting series in the small first-floor studio of the house, which still bears the “X” where he stood as he painted his “happy little trees.”
In 1988, WIPB and the show moved to the Ball State University campus into the Edmund F. Ball Communication Building.
Decades after that first episode aired (Jan. 11, 1983), THE JOY OF PAINTING is still airing all over the world and Bob Ross’ soft-spoken legacy lives on.