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Hurts So Good Charity Ride Oct. 7, 2012

Hurts So Good Charity Ride

Oct. 7, 2012

{Hurts So Good Charity Ride Oct 7 2012}

The Hurst So Good Charity Ride on October 07, 2012, will celebrate John Mellencamp’s birthday with a Fans by Fans motorcycle ride. The ride starts in John’s home town of Bloomington, Indiana.

Riders will head down HWY 446 to Medora, Indiana where the video “Hurt So Good” was filmed then on to Seymour, Indiana where John was born in 1951, and lived as a young man.

The ride ends in Seymour at the Southern Indiana Center for the Arts, owned by John Mellencamp, with a live band performance by Below Zero, Blues Band.

The event will start at the Bloomington Harley Davidson. Registration will start at: 10:30am, and Kickstands up at Noon.

Funds raised from the charity ride will go to benefit the Marilyn Mellencamp Scholarship Fund and Jayda’s Teddybear Foundation.

Check Out: Harley Indiana for details & early ride registration.

Big Thanks for Coming Out July 14th to SICA

A big thank you to all who came out in support of The Marilyn Mellencamp Scholarship for the Arts.

For those who couldn’t make it July 14th, enjoy the above photos of Brent James & the Contraband and come by SICA sometime this month where Marilyn Mellencamp’s artwork will be hanging in SICA’s main gallery.

SICA Hosts Marilyn Mellencamp Scholarship Fund Kick-Off


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 sicatreasurer@frontier.com.

You can also find information on the SICA Facebook page.


Click HERE to join the event, share with friends, etc.

The Art of Marilyn Mellencamp Opening July 14th


  • The Marilyn Mellencamp Scholarship Fund is holding an opening reception beginning at 1pm inside the main gallery at SICA
  • Visit SICA’s Pottery Barn & Connor Print Museum throughout the day
  • At 9pm Brent James & the Contraband will take the stage for a free concert open to the public

Click HERE to join the event, share with friends, etc.

SICA Lucky To Have Known Marilyn Mellencamp

The Board of Directors and staff at the Southern Indiana Center for the Arts were saddened to hear that our good friend Marilyn Mellencamp passed away last night.

Marilyn loved SICA and spent much of her time here painting with her friends.  Not only was she a very gifted artist, but Marilyn was a passionate supporter of the Art Center and our work with children.   We will miss Marilyn greatly.

The SICA Board of Directors has already begun discussions on how best to remember Marilyn and keep her memory here strong.

We are looking at naming one of our studios after her and we are discussing putting a special exhibit together of her work sometime later this year.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to Marilyn’s family.  We hope that they all know that SICA considers itself very lucky to have known Marilyn and to have had her as a part of the very core of our work from the beginning.

Marilyn J. Mellencamp, 83, Seymour, died Monday, Jan. 30, at Covered Bridge Health Campus.

She was born Sept. 7, 1928 in Lawrenceburg to Joseph and Bessie (Lowry) Lowe. On Oct. 23, 1950 she married Richard L. Mellencamp in Indianapolis, and he survives.

Mellencamp was a member of Seymour First Church of the Nazarene. She was a homemaker. Besides her husband, Richard, she is survived by her children, Joe N. (Lynn) Mellencamp, John J. Mellencamp, Ted E. (Debbie) Mellencamp, Janet L. (Todd) Kiel, and Laura A. (Mark) Hackman; grandchildren, Ian Mellencamp, John Michael Mellencamp, Carly Mellencamp, Michelle Mellencamp, Teddi Jo (Edwin) Arroyave, Justice Mellencamp, Hud Mellencamp, Speck Mellencamp, Mandy (Eric) Wessel, Melissa (Troy) Stiller, Eric (Sulivan) Mellencamp, Casey (Amber) Mellencamp, Jamie (Jami) Kiel, Justin Kiel, Laura Jo Kiel, Jordan Reggie Kiel, Leigh Kiel, and Luke (Cassie) Hackman, and 13 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Charles Lowe; and sister, Lois Panzi. Memorial services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 3, at Seymour First Church of the Nazarene, 311 Myers St., with Rev. Steve Greene officiating. Burial will follow in Riverview Cemetery. Friends may call at the church from 11 a.m. Friday until time of service.

Memorials may be written to Southern Indiana Center for the Arts. Voss Funeral Service, Seymour, is in charge of arrangements.