The Cade Museum for Creativity and Invention in Gainesville, Florida, has announced the opening of a new Tom Petty exhibit.
“Tom Petty: Among the Wildflowers,” featuring artifacts previously on display at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio, will open on July 22.
The exhibit explores the joys, pains, and creative awakenings that Gainesville native Petty experienced while pouring his soul into his magnum opus, Wildflowers, released in November 1994. Through this exhibit, guests can hear first-hand accounts from Tom and the Wildflowers team about the album’s spirited creation.
The exhibit space is divided into three segments of artifacts that correspond to a unique aspect of the Wildflowers creative process: songwriting, recording, and reception and delivery.
Through generous contributions from the Tom Petty Estate and individual band members involved in the Wildflowers recording process, including Mike Campbell, Stephen Ferrone, and Howie Epstein, visitors can discover the many artifacts that tell the album’s story, such as the original guitar and outfit featured in Petty’s 1995 Rolling Stone Magazine cover, original lyric sheets, and instruments used in the album recording.
“The Petty Legacy is committed to investing in the new artists, creators, and inventors that will come out of Gainesville,” said Adria Petty, Tom Petty’s eldest daughter.
The Tom Petty exhibit will be open until January 1, 2024.
Tickets can be purchased at https://cademuseum.org/visit/plan-your-visit/
(Photo: Robert Sebree)
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