The Psychedelic Years of Rock Headline Summer Art Showcase on Campus

Published: June 19, 2012 | Read Time: 2 minutes

Great music has inspired great art, especially in the golden age of rock music. To celebrate the tenth anniversary of Cedar City's GrooveFest, southern Utah’s acclaimed music festival, Southern Utah University’s Braithwaite Fine Arts Gallery presents "The Psychedelic Years: Rock Posters & Handbills from the San Francisco Bay Area, 1966-1971."

Showcasing the vibrant art that defined the musicians as well as the artists who mastered psychedelic art, this boldly colorful exhibition will run June 20 through August 25, 2012.

Featuring a series of vintage posters and handbills by the premiere graphic artists of the era, The Psychedelic Years spotlights the posters for the concerts produced by the legendary Bill Graham and Chet Helms of Family Dog Productions at San Francisco’s historic rock palaces: the Fillmore Auditorium, Fillmore West and the Avalon Ballroom. Artists represented included posters by Lee Conklin, Wes Wilson, David Singer and Randy Tuten. The bands and musicians captured by these artists include the Steve Miller Band, Grateful Dead, Quicksilver, The Byrds, Sly and the Family Stone, The Doors, Jefferson Airplane, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young and many others. This colorful collection of posters and handbills is more than nostalgic – it captures an era of music that remains timeless and classic.

The nostalgic posters will be displayed in the Braithwaite Fine Arts Gallery, located on the lower level of SUU's Braithwaite Building. The gallery’s summer hours are Monday–Saturday, 10 a.m.–8 p.m. Similarly themed concert handbills will be on exhibit on the third floor of SUU’s Gerald R. Sherratt Library, open Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m.-9 p.m., Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Admission to both display spaces is free, and the general public is welcome.

The Psychedelic Years showcase will run concurrently with other exhibitions scheduled for summer 2012. At the Braithwaite, the larger gallery will feature the "Southern Utah Art Invitational Summer Exhibit and Sale." Showcasing the art and artists of Cedar City and the Southern Utah region, this vibrant exhibition will run June 20 through August 25.

Stunning vistas from the Dixie National Forest are showcased in another SUU exhibition, "Into the Woods: A Painted Diary of the Dixie National Forest." In this, acclaimed regional artist Arlene Braithwaite will showcase 20 extraordinary
canvases. This show, on display in the Hunter Conference Center, also continues through August 25. The exhibit’s hours are Monday through Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., with the exception of observed holidays and special events in the Conference Center. Admission is free and the general public is encouraged to attend.

For more information about the Southern Utah University Braithwaite Fine Arts Gallery, please call 435-586-5432, or visit the gallery website at

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