The San Luis Obispo Museum of Art features the artwork of Jeffrey Bacon, an artist behind many of the most iconic movie posters, in two of its galleries during January 2018. “This exhibition is both a trip down memory lane for movie fans, plus an educational component for those interested in the creative process and the inner working of the movie industry. Jeffrey has constructed 4x4 panels that will transform the Nybak Wing and he has created a time line of images and a story line in the McMeen Gallery that we know will delight our visitors,” says Ruta Saliklis, SLOMA’s curator and director of exhibitions.

Jeffrey Bacon is an art director, graphic designer, and master craftsman, whose career in movie poster design spanned three decades. His posters are more than an evocation of the films they were advertising. They are dynamic responses to the heart of the picture—its essence. He was fortunate to work with some of the biggest names in Hollywood, including Steven Spielberg and fellow poster designer Drew Struzan, and to work on films such as The Goonies, Back to the Future, Terminator 2, Judgment Day, and Gladiator. The stories behind the making of these films are fascinating, and he was fortunate to be in the same room with the movie moguls in the early stages of film production. This exhibition will consist of dozens of his designs displayed as they would have appeared in movie houses around the world.

On Friday, January 5, 2018 at 5 pm there will be a members-only gallery walk-through SLOMA galleries followed by a public reception from 6–9 pm, in conjunction with Art After Dark. Admission is free and open to the public.


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  • Starting Friday, January 5th, 2018, repeats every week on Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday until Sunday, February 18, 2018 @ 11:00 am – 5:00 pm