SICA Hosts Marilyn Mellencamp Scholarship Fund Kick-Off
When John Mellencamp originally acquired the property in Seymour, Indiana, where the Southern Indiana Center for the Arts (SICA) currently stands, it was his mother Marilyn who told him they should make it into a regional art center for the community.
Marilyn not only was an accomplished artist herself, but she had always been a passionate supporter for the arts. It was Marilyn’s love for painting that prompted John’s interest in art as well.
Marilyn Mellencamp passed away last January, and in keeping with her devotion to the arts the Mellencamp family is starting the Marilyn Mellencamp Scholarship for the Arts fund at the Community Foundation of Jackson County.
This scholarship will provide tuition support for a high school senior planning to attend college to major in art, music or theater.
Working with Marilyn’s family, SICA is hosting a celebration of Marilyn’s life and work on Saturday, July 14. Starting at 1 pm SICA will open an exhibit of Marilyn Mellencamp’s paintings in the main gallery of the art center.
“Marilyn’s family has collected close to fifty of the best paintings by Marilyn,” said SICA executive director Warren Baumgart Jr. “It will be an incredible opportunity to see the scope of Marilyn Mellencamp’s talent as a gifted artist all in one place.” The Marilyn Mellencamp exhibit is free and open to the public. The exhibit will remain at SICA throughout the month of July.
Starting at 6 pm Marilyn’s family is sponsoring a free concert on the Don Hill Stage at the art center featuring Brent James & the Contraband. Special guests will include David Campbell, Mike Gerth, Kenny Parks, and John Whitcomb.
Brent James & the Contraband is scheduled to take the stage around 9 pm. This is an outdoor event and the audience is encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets to sit on.
“Marilyn was an inspiration to so many in our community and SICA certainly owes Marilyn a debt of gratitude for her vision that made the art center what it is today,” said Baumgart. “We really miss Marilyn, but I can’t think of a better way to celebrate her life than with lots of good art and good music.”
The Marilyn Mellencamp Scholarship for the Arts will be launched at the event. Throughout the evening the public will be able to make donations to the scholarship fund in Marilyn’s memory.
Gifts to the fund are also being accepted by the Community Foundation of Jackson County in Seymour, Indiana, (812) 523-4483. SICA is located at 2001 N. Ewing St. (State Highway 11) just north of Seymour in the Rockford area. For more information contact SICA at (812) 522-2278 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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