Art museum to feature paintings by rocker Mellencamp

FILE - In this Thursday, June 14, 2018, file photo, John Mellencamp performs on stage during the 49th annual Songwriters Hall of Fame Induction and Awards gala at the New York Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York. The Butler Institute of American Art in Youngstown, Ohio, has announced a new exhibition of paintings by rocker John Mellencamp, known for his expressionistic oil portraits and other works. “John Mellencamp: Expressionist” opens Sept. 20 and runs through Nov. 18. It will include portraits and mixed-media pieces. (Photo by Brad Barket/Invision/AP, File)

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio art museum has announced a new exhibition of paintings by rocker John Mellencamp, known for his expressionistic oil portraits and other works.

“John Mellencamp: Expressionist” opens Sept. 20 at the Butler Institute of American Art in Youngstown and runs through Nov. 18. It will include portraits and mixed-media pieces.

The show is Mellencamp’s second show with the Butler after his 2013-14 exhibition at the museum’s Trumbull Branch in suburban Howland.

Mellencamp is known for rock classics including “Small Town,” ”Jack and Diane” and “Pink Houses.”

The Butler Institute has a reputation for exhibiting artwork by famous actors and musicians, with recent displays by Bob Dylan, Peter Falk, Tony Bennett, Jessica Lange, Ronnie Wood and Kim Novak.

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