John Lennon by Frank Cerulli.

Rock-inspired exhibit under way at USCB Center for the Arts

From staff reports

Nationally published illustrator and retired college professor Frank Cerulli is having a stunning dual gallery exhibit of rock and pop culture through February at the USC Beaufort Center for the Arts.

The unique one-person show combines culture and illustration in a colorful tribute to some of the greatest musical masters of the rock and roll era, including John Lennon, Jimi Hendrix, David Bowie, and Joni Mitchell. Cerulli’s interpretative pop-inspired portraits and illustrations capture the likeness as well as the souls of the artists in bright, bold and exceptionally expressive ways.

David Bowie by Frank Cerulli.

The lobby exhibit, called “Rockin,” includes several large paintings of classic rock stars. The adjacent gallery features pop art-style images depicting celebrations and life events.

“Some of these portraits are influenced by pop artists. Much of my fine art is inspired by pop art, and the effects of advertising,” he said.

Cerulli’s editorial illustrations have appeared in many magazines, from Ladies Home Journal to Penthouse. He worked at numerous advertising agencies in New York City, including Saatchi & Saatchi, where he counted United Artists and AT&T among his clients. He also created portraits for multiple individuals and organizations such as The Martin Luther King Foundation and The Royal Shakespeare Company.

The exhibit runs through Feb. 13. Those interested in chatting with the artist should stop by from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 21.

USCB Center for the Arts is at 805 Carteret Street, Beaufort, S.C. 29902. For more information, call 843-521-3145 or visit www.uscbcenterforthearts.com.


What: Dual Gallery Rock-Inspired Exhibit by artist Frank Cerulli

When: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday, through Feb. 13

Where: USC Beaufort Center for the Arts, 801 Carteret Street, Beaufort

Meet the artist: 5:30 to 7 p.m., Friday, Jan. 21

For more information: Call 843-521-3145 or visit uscbcenterforthearts.com. Masks are required inside USCB CFA.

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