By GUY D’ASTOLFO
The first exhibition of paintings by John Mellencamp in a museum will be at the Butler Institute of American Art and will open Nov. 3.
Mellencamp will visit the Butler for a members-only reception on opening night.
Though he is known mainly as a rock star, the Indiana-born Mellencamp has studied painting and has been an artist for most of his life.
The Butler exhibition, which will run through Jan. 12, will consist of more than 40 of his paintings, mostly portraits and human figures.
Louis A. Zona, direc- tor and chief curator of the Butler, spoke highly of Mellencamp’s work, calling it innovative.
“He is not only competent but one of those people blessed to be able to work in a couple of artistic directions simultaneously and with great competence,” said Zona.
The Butler has a reputation for exhibiting works by celebrities in the music and film worlds. Past exhibitions have included works