Wearing denim bib overalls and a white T-shirt, John Mellencamp pulled up a stool and talked about his art.
The rocker from Indiana was visiting the Butler Institute of American Art Thursday night, where his new art exhibition, “John Mellencamp: Expressionist” is now on view.
About 100 invited guests crowded around a corner of one of the galleries, where Mellencamp answered questions posed by Butler Director Louis A. Zona.
If the artist’s attire was surprising in such a formal setting, well, that’s a hallmark of art, said Mellencamp.
“Art should surprise the artist,” he said. “If the artist is not surprised, then it’s something else.”