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Clark College News and Events

November 3 , 2009

For Immediate Release

For additional information: 

Barbara Kerr, APR
Executive Director of
Communications and Marketing Telephone:  360-992-2921

E-mail:  bkerr@clark.edu



Clark College launches its 2009-2010 Faculty Speaker Series
with a vibrant look at psychedelic rock posters from the 60s and 70s


Clark College Faculty Speaker Series posterVANCOUVER, Wash. – It was the signature art form of the 1960s.  Psychedelic posters decorated college dorm rooms, homes and offices across the United States and around the world. 

On Thursday, Nov. 12, Clark College will launch its 2009-2010 Faculty Speaker Series with “From Far Out to Mainstream: Lifecycle of the Psychedelic Rock Posters, 1965-73.” 

Dr. Sally Tomlinson, professor of art at Clark College, will lead the discussion.  The Faculty Speaker Series event, which is free and open to the public, will be held from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. in the Penguin Student Lounge, located in Clark’s Penguin Union Building.

Clark College’s main campus is located at 1933 Fort Vancouver Way, Vancouver.  Maps and parking directions are available at www.clark.edu/maps.

During the height of the “Summer of Love,” Life Magazine focused on the explosion of psychedelic art on posters and the artists as leaders in the hippie counterculture community in its Sept. 1, 1967 cover story.   From the Jefferson Airplane to the Grateful Dead, from Jimi Hendrix to Janis Joplin, and from Woodstock to San Francisco, psychedelic art combined vibrant images with social commentary.

From Far Out to Mainstream: Lifecycle of the Psychedelic Rock Posters, 1965-73

The posters for the free-form dance concerts in and around San Francisco celebrated the colorful costumes, light shows and mindset of a youth culture determined to break free from American middle-class values and lifestyle. The eclectic posters, like the scene they celebrated, attracted cameras, record moguls and social scientists determined to circumscribe the scene into definable—and sellable—form. As the dance concerts and light shows moved eastward to Detroit, New York and elsewhere, so too did the poster styles that revolutionized advertising with their bright colors, flowing designs and indecipherable lettering styles.

The story of the hippie movement -- its flowering and dismantling, characteristic interests and the individuals of the first community -- is perhaps best reflected not in the literature of the era written by outsiders, but in the poster imagery that spoke a distinctive idiom directed at an unconventional, music-loving audience.

About Dr. Sally Tomlinson


Dr. Sally TomlinsonDr. Sally Tomlinson spent most of her life in California, where she earned a bachelor of arts degree from the University of California, Berkeley. She moved to Canada to study with a Van Gogh scholar but changed course to write a master’s thesis on the San Francisco rock posters for the University of Victoria.  After working as a journalist in Northern California for a few years, she completed her doctoral studies in medieval Irish art history, earning her Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill in 2007.   In fall 2007, she joined Clark College, where she is a full-time professor of art.

Dr. Tomlinson, who resides in Vancouver, has written essays on the rock posters for the San Diego Museum of Art, Penguin Books’ Portable Sixties Reader (ed. Anne Charters, 2003) and the Tate-Liverpool’s “Summer of Love” exhibition of 2007, in addition to her master of arts thesis which was completed in the early 1990s.  In September 2009, she was invited to speak about the posters for an exhibition opening at the Flint Art Institute in Michigan.

Dr. Tomlinson teaches courses in Western and non-Western art history at Clark College.


About the Clark College Faculty Speaker Series

The Faculty Speaker Series, established by Clark College with support from the Clark College Foundation, honors individual faculty members and celebrates academic excellence.  

Each fall, winter and spring quarter, the Faculty Speaker Series showcases experiences that have enriched both the life and teaching of a Clark faculty member.  Throughout the series, faculty members share their developmental experiences with the college community – and members of the community at large – while addressing some of today’s most intriguing issues.  



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