Bloomington art exhibit features rocker's mother

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

An art exhibit featuring the work of the late mother of rocker John Mellencamp will open Monday in Bloomington.

The display runs through Saturday at the Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center.

The 40 pieces by the Seymour native include still-life images, copies of masterpieces and family portraits.

Marilyn Mellencamp began painting seriously in 1959, when she studied with Nashville artist John Rigley. She attended the Herron School of Art in Indianapolis. She was instrumental in establishing the Southern Indiana Center for the Arts in Seymour. She was 83 when she died in January.

John Mellencamp also is a painter.


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