By: Janice Malone
The paintings of rock music star John Mellencamp are currently featured at the Tennessee State Museum. This is his first museum exhibition “Nothing Like I Planned: The Art of John Mellencamp” opened April 12 thru June 10, 2012.
The exhibition contains 49 paintings, spanning four decades of the singer/artist works.
Last Thursday (May 17), a Members’ Only Reception took place at the museum. The private VIP reception was held for all members of the State Museum Foundation, select local media, and featured Mellencamp in attendance as the guest of honor.
Lois Riggins-Ezzell, Executive Director of the museum and a longtime supporter of his work said, “For more than 30 years, I have been an ardent admirer of John Mellencamp, the heartland rock and populist champion of the people. More recently, I’ve become a serious devotee of John Mellencamp, the extraordinarily talented artist. We are very pleased to introduce John Mellencamp the Artist to a museum audience.”
Born in 1951 in Seymour, Indiana, Mellencamp continues to live in his beloved home state. He was playing music by the time he was 14 and was painting at an even earlier age of only 10.
In addition to being known for his music, the award-winning songwriter, actor and musician has for many years used his music and fame to promote social justice, and to underscore the plight of the American family farmer.
When asked about his art work, Mellencamp responded, “I learned a long time ago that you can’t control what people think. Do I have a mission of what I want to accomplish with this? I’ve already accomplished it. There it is. There’s the song. There’s the painting.”
For more information about becoming a member of the The Tennessee State Museum please visit www.tnmuseum.org. Membership includes invitations to VIP receptions, exhibits and more.
Photo by: Earl Flippen