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Artists in Rock and Roll print exhibit inspired by album covers

September 16, 2013

With the compact disc and digital technology, the vinyl album and its cover art have virtually gone “the way of the buffalo,” according to Joseph Velasquez, an assistant professor in the UW-Stout School of Art and Design.

Album art influence lives, however. The art exhibit Rock and Roll Damnation will feature 21 prints inspired by 1970s and 1980s album covers. It opens Thursday, Sept. 19, at UW-Stout's Furlong Gallery. A reception will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Refreshments will be served. The exhibit will run through Thursday, Oct. 24.

Furlong Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Wednesdays and Fridays; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursdays; and noon to 4 p.m. on weekends.

Prints in the Rock and Roll Damnation exhibit were inspired by album cover art."This exhibit shows the strong graphic influence of album art on contemporary artists," Velasquez said.

The prints feature a variety of interpretations, including bands, lyrics and pop culture figures.

"Almost all disciplines of printmaking can be seen in this collection of lithographs, woodcuts, intaglios and screenprints," Velasquez said.

The exhibit's name is the same as a 1978 song by the rock band AC/DC.

Many of the artists in the collection have been featured in national publications, including Dennis McNett of Brooklyn, N.Y., Jenny Schmid of Minneapolis, Jack Damer of Madison, Michael Krueger of Lawrence, Kan., and Valerie Lueth of Pittsbugh, Pa.

Along with the prints, the exhibit will feature album-inspired art from Rob Price, a former UW-Stout professor. An exhibit of Price's works, "A Drawing Retrospective," also is at the Janet Carson Gallery in Eau Claire through Oct. 18.

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