Fine Art Museum honors rock ‘n’ roll photographer at reception

Western Carolina University’s Fine Art Museum will host a meet and greet reception for rock ‘n’ roll photographer George Shuba at about 9:15 p.m. on Friday, April 27.

Photographer George Shuba captured rare shots of Jimi Hendrix.

Photographer George Shuba captured rare shots of Jimi Hendrix.

The reception, which follows a sold out 7:30 p.m. performance of political comedy by the Capitol Steps, honors Shuba, whose black-and-white photographs of artists from Aretha Franklin to The Beatles are featured in the exhibit “Cleveland Rocks – The Birthplace of Rock and Roll” on view at WCU’s Fine Art Museum through Saturday, May 12. The event includes an appearance by Capitol Steps performers and an opportunity to order the forthcoming Cleveland Rocks exhibit catalog featuring other George Shuba photographs.

Western’s Fine Art Museum organized the exhibit of 48 photographs from Shuba’s collection of more than 6,500 negatives of rock ‘n’ roll events and performers in Cleveland, the first or second stop on the musicians’ national tours.

“Shuba was always there to capture the moment, and his earliest photographs featured in the exhibit date back to 1964 when he was the photographer for Cleveland’s famous Upbeat Show,” said Martin DeWitt, director of the Fine Art Museum.

The reception is open to Fine Art Museum or Fine and Performing Arts Center “Friend” members at the $25 level or higher and Fine and Performing Arts Center season subscribers. Membership applications will be available at the event.

Also currently showing at the Fine Art Museum is “Worldviews,” selections from the permanent collection, new acquisitions that include ceramics, wood sculpture and work on paper by area artists, and New York school artists Rosemarie Beck, Robert LaHotan and Lois Dodd. In addition, the WCU department of art and design Annual Juried Art Student and Award Winners Exhibition will be on view through May 4.

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