Artist begins monthlong stay in museum

 
Associated Press
Updated 10/20/2010 8:15 AM
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  • Kate McGroarty stands in the enclosure that will serve as her office and public living quarters as she lives 24 hours a day for a month inside Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry.

    Kate McGroarty stands in the enclosure that will serve as her office and public living quarters as she lives 24 hours a day for a month inside Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry. Associated Press

A Chicago theater artist is set to begin her monthlong stay at the Museum of Science and Industry.

Kate McGroarty is scheduled to move into the South Side museum Wednesday morning.

She beat out 1,500 other applicants to win the Month at the Museum competition.

McGroarty is a Minnesota native who lives on Chicago's North Side. Museum officials say she wowed the judges with her curiosity, creative spirit and wit.

She'll live at the museum 24 hours a day until Nov. 18. She'll have access to museum exhibits and sleeping quarters.

She'll also receive $10,000 for interacting with visitors, and blogging, tweeting and posting videos about the experience.

The four other finalists received consolation packages and a $100 retailer gift card.