Augusta’s Morris Museum of Art is currently hosting an exhibition of fifty oil and mixed media paintings by singer/songwriter/musician/ John Mellencamp.
Although better known for his music, and ‘Americana-inspired 80s hits like “Pink Houses” and “Jack & Diane,” Mellencamp has garnered praise in recent years for his artwork. Of German ancestry, Mellencamp has said that “German painting remains the basic foundation for what I do, same as folk music is the foundation of my songs. Discovering [Max] Beckmann to me was like discovering Woody Guthrie or Bob Dylan.” He actually was considering studying painting before his music career began taking off in the late ‘70s. Lately, he’s been taking his visual art more seriously, as have others. The first major exhibition of his artwork came in 2012 in Nashville.
American Dreams: Paintings by John Mellencamp will be on display at the Morris Museum (1 Tenth Street, on Augusta’s Riverwalk) through April 12th. The museum is open Tuesday-Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday noon-5 p.m., and closed Mondays and major holidays.