Saturday, October 29, 2022
11 AM – 5 PM

On the campus of Ball State University
Muncie, Indiana

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.

Saturday, October 29, 2022
11 AM – 5 PM

On the campus of Ball State University
Muncie, Indiana

On Oct. 29, Ball State PBS will celebrate two monumental milestones – the 80th birthday of America’s favorite art instructor, Bob Ross, and the close of the station’s 50th year on the air.

So the station that brought the world THE JOY OF PAINTING is hosting a Happy Little Fest at the place the iconic artist called home for many years.

Learn more about Happy Little Fest.

It’s so important to do something every day that will make you happy.  – Bob Ross

We want you to be a part of what is sure to be a very happy day.

THE BOB ROSS® EXPERIENCE is a new documentary that goes behind-the-scenes at the making of a one-of-a-kind interactive museum exhibit devoted to Bob Ross, the beloved artist, and host of THE JOY OF PAINTING® on PBS. 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 his beloved series, THE JOY OF PAINTING, was filmed in an unassuming television studio inside a historic home in Muncie, Indiana. Now the historic home has been transformed into an immersive museum exhibit that transports visitors to where the magic happened. Visitors will step inside the recreated WIPB studio and be inspired by Bob’s enduring message of fearless creativity. Through original artifacts, authentic Bob Ross paintings, and interactive exhibit elements, The Bob Ross Experience brings THE JOY OF PAINTING to life. The months leading up to the opening of this permanent exhibit have been documented by WIPB (now Ball State PBS). From planning to the grand opening, this documentary features interviews with the team who brought the experience to life as well as a behind-the-scenes look at building the interactive ode to the painter.