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Marilyn Mellencamp Memorial Exhibit Coming To Bloomington

Two original paintings by Marilyn Mellencamp, "Self-Portrait"(Left) “Bird” (Right).

A free public art exhibition of the late Marilyn Mellencamp’s artwork is coming to Bloomington. The mother of the famous rock and roll musician John Mellencamp was an amateur painter and patron of the arts.

The exhibit will include 40 paintings covering a wide range of different art styles, including paintings and family portraits. It is scheduled for September 17-22, at Ivy Tech Waldron Auditorium, Bloomington and will raise money for an arts scholarship established in Marilyn Mellencamp’s honor.

The recently established Marilyn Mellencamp Scholarship for the Arts is a one-year, non-renewable scholarship for Seymour High School graduates who are pursuing a college degree in arts, theatre or music.

Waldron Arts Center Gallery Director Julie Roberts says she appreciates the Mellencamps’ commitment to art education.

“The family is re-confirming a commitment to the fact that there are viable ways to make a living and they are vital part of being a happy and alive person. Clearly, Marilyn’s paintings brought her a great deal of joy and satisfaction.” she says.

Marilyn Mellencamp, who also helped establish the Southern Indiana Center for the Arts, died early this year.

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