From Louis Armstrong to ZZ Top, artist Robert Carley's exhibition, coming to CCSU next week, offers a fresh look at dozens of musicians

Published on Tuesday, 2 July 2019 21:10
Written by Adam Hushin


NEW BRITAIN -Connecticut artist Robert Carley is bringing an exhibit to Central Connecticut State University’s Elihu Burritt Library on Monday.

The exhibit, which will be moving from the State Capitol building in Hartford, features caricatures and quotations of famous musicians. Admission will be free and open to the public with a reception on July 20 from 12 to 2 p.m., which will feature refreshments and live music.

There will be about 120 caricatures, some of which will include information about the portrayed musician’s ties to Connecticut. The included musicians range from Louis Armstrong to Mozart to Elton John to ZZ Top.

As he has done with past exhibits, Carley will also feature photographs of himself surprising some of these musicians with their caricatures.

Carley had a similar caricature exhibit come to New Britain in 2012 that featured politicians instead of musicians, and in 1994, he was chosen to be included in a group show at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C.

“I’ve always had a passion for art and illustration,” Carley said.

This particular project, however, ended up being more than just an outlet for his passion.

“As I researched for this exhibit, I discovered more interesting information about my great-grandfather,” Carley said. “He was a music critic in Paris who was one of the first to discover composer Richard Wagner.”

Carley always has multiple projects happening at one time. He has dedicated some of his time recently to creating large American flags out of everyday objects such as tires, egg crates and tape cassettes. He plans to display these flags all around Hartford on the Fourth of July.

For more information on the caricature exhibit starting next week, call 203-559-6140.

Posted in The Bristol Press, Arts, General News on Tuesday, 2 July 2019 21:10. Updated: Tuesday, 2 July 2019 21:13.