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Largest Exhibition of Elvis Presley Fan Art to Debut at West Tennessee Strawberry Festival

May 01, 2012


Since Elvis’ rise to super stardom in the 50s, fans from all walks of life and ages have created sculpture, paintings, photography, and more in homage to and inspired by him. “Impressions of Elvis: Portraits by Fans of Elvis Presley” is a one-of-a-kind exhibit compiled for the West Tennessee Regional Art Center and the 75th annual West Tennessee Strawberry Festival celebrating these creations.

As part of the 75th anniversary of the West Tennessee Strawberry Festival, the West Tennessee Regional Art Center (WTRAC) is offering a unique exhibition celebrating Elvis Presley entitled “Impressions of Elvis: Portraits by Fans of Elvis Presley.”  In collaboration with Elvis Presley Enterprises’ Graceland Archives Department, WTRAC has compiled this unique Elvis fan-created art display, the largest ever of its kind.

Since Elvis’ immersion in 1954, fans from around the world have created sculpture, paintings, photography, and more in homage to and inspired by him. This exhibit features some of the most unique and creative pieces collected by the Graceland Archives.  

The exhibit opens Sunday, May 6, 2012, with a public reception from 2-4pm. The exhibition runs through July 13, 2012.

The West Tennessee Regional Art Center was created in 1994, making available to visitors many cultural opportunities not found elsewhere in the region.  The debut of “Impressions of Elvis: Portraits by Fans of Elvis Presley” is the premiere kick-off event for the West Tennessee Strawberry Festival.

The West Tennessee Strawberry Festival in Humboldt features a variety of events, regional culinary favorites and of course, lots of strawberries.  It was founded in 1934 and is held each year in early May bringing over 100,000 visitors to the city for parades, beauty reviews, horse shows and more.