AMARILLO, Texas (KAMR/KCIT) — According to representatives from Bagwell Strategies, an exhibition of Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel is coming to Amarillo from June 9 until July 23 as tickets are set to go on sale on Tuesday.

The international exhibit, according to reps, will be available to see at the newly renovated Sunset Center, now known as Arts in the Sunset, located at 3701 Plains Blvd.

Reps noted that the exhibit has made its way around the world from Shanghai to Chicago along with Phoenix, Berlin, and Vienna among others and those interested in seeing the global exhibit can purchase tickets here.

Attendees will have the opportunity to view a collection of Michelangelo’s renowned ceiling frescoes, from the Vatican’s Sistine Chapel, including close-up views of the Creation of Adam and The Last Judgement, reproduced in a format allowing viewers to be face-to-face with the art.

“It’s hugely expensive to go to Italy to see these paintings. The paintings in the Sistine Chapel itself are a little difficult to see, because of the tremendous crowds, it’s a little dark in there and in this case, these reproductions are made such that you will be able to see the vibrant colors of the paintings up very close,” said Catholic Diocese of Amarillo deacon Mark White.

Director of Marketing with the Amarillo Convention & Visitors Bureau, Hope Stokes added this exhibition puts Amarillo on the map when it comes to destinations in arts.

“This will open the door for many other exhibits like this to come through Amarillo and just give another thing, for not only locals to attend, but tourists as they travel through Amarillo,” said Stokes.

Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel: The Exhibition will be the first art showing in the newly renovated Arts in the Sunset after two years of renovations.

Executive Director at the Amarillo Art Institute, Rachel Flores said the center will be going back to its roots of being an arts center.

“Amarillo has a very robust art scene, but I think it’s been a while since we’ve had such a space where you could really come and experience art with so many different artists that while bringing that back is a great way to expose the community to more art and get them plugin, let them interact with the art themselves and I think that will be really positive for our community,” said Flores.

The proceeds from the exhibit will benefit the Downtown Women’s Center, Catholic Charities of the Texas Panhandle, the Amarillo Art Institute, and the Amarillo Cultural District of the Texas Commission on the Arts.

Visit the Arts in the Sunset website for more information on this exhibit and other artful events for the community.

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