The Brooks enjoyed an energetic opening reception for the If I Can Dream exhibition on view in the Education gallery until September 16, 2012. The exhibition is a result of an international art contest in partnership with Elvis Presley Enterprises to commemorate the 35th anniversary of Elvis Presley’s death.
The artworks, selected by a professional panel of judges, were created in response to the quote “If I Can Dream.” This inspirational tune marked the rebirth of Elvis’ career when he sang it in a heart-felt performance during the final episode of his 1968 NBC comeback special, Elvis. Written by the show’s musical director W. Earl Brown, after the tragic assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in Memphis, the lyrics describe a world full of hope and free of doubt, pain, and fear.
Visitors of the exhibition have the opportunity to vote for Fans Favorite through August 18th. The winner will receive a $220 gift card to shopelvis.com, a trophy, and a certificate of appreciation.
Congratulations to all of the artists chosen for the exhibition!
“…while I can think, while I can talk, while I can stand, while I can walk, while I can dream, please let my dream come true…” –lyrics from “If I Can Dream”
This blog is written by Jenny Hornby Assistant Curator of Education for the Brooks.