John Mellencamp Will Donate Archived Collection To Indiana University
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John Mellencamp plans to leave a legacy in Indiana by giving the state’s Indiana University access to his personal and professional archives.
His original works of art, pictures, instruments, and other key mementos will all be a part of the collection, which will also feature things relating to his social involvement and generosity.
“His collection will be an incredible resource for art scholars and a clear source of inspiration to our students,” Pamela Whitten, Indiana University’s president said in an announcement. “We are thrilled to honor him and celebrate his many contributions to music, art, and IU.”
In addition, President Whitten shared that a sculpture dedicated to Mellencamp’s creative legacy will be commissioned for the Bloomington campus. The sculpture, which will be displayed in the campus’s Fine Arts Plaza, will serve as a reminder of the deep ties that bind Mellencamp to his native southern Indiana.
The unique conference gathered academics, music industry executives, journalists, and more to delve into the cultural and social effects of Mellencamp’s huge output. There were lively conversations, panel discussions, and a live interview with the Indiana singer throughout the day.