MOUNT KISCO, N.Y. -- Parsons School of Design illustration professor Alan Reingold gave his students an assignment.
The Mount Kisco resident asked them to portray their favorite musician, and did not impose any limits on their work. What resulted was Art of Rock, a traveling art show that will be exhibited at the Mount Kisco Library this month.
They were all college age, from 17 to 22, and they all gravitated toward the same musicians. I thought that was pretty interesting, Reingold said.
Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix and U2 were some of the favorites, but the most popular choice for the college students was the Beatles.
The exhibit of about 30 pieces has an entire Beatles wall with assorted artists renderings of the Fab Four.
Reingold said he was surprised at the conservatism of most of his students choices. I was kind of expecting Lady Gaga, he said, rather than these iconic images.
One of Reingolds former students is Meredith Lancaster, 19 who is just finishing her first year at the University of Michigan.
I did a portrait of Muddy Waters. I chose him because hes a blues icon and hes influenced a lot of artists, she said. Many of these artists are in the show and are influential themselves, she said, like Eric Clapton, the Rolling Stones and the Beatles.
Lancaster said she based her drawing on a photograph in a magazine which she found visually interesting. She rendered the image in simple black and white with a high contrast.
Reingold also teaches art classes in Mount Kisco, and knows artists throughout northern Westchester, so he was able to gather an assortment of professional artists and friends to contribute as well.
The show will be moving on to other locations in Westchester after its tenure at the library, where it will stay from May 2 to May 31. The shows official opening will take place on Saturday, May 5 and will feature food and live music. Many of the local artists will be present to discuss their works.
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