Jeffrey Bacon: Dreams For Sale

Exhibits // Jeffrey Bacon: Dreams For Sale

Jan 5 - Jan 28

Overview // 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 galleries through 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 transform the Nybak Wing and he has created a timeline 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.   In addition, SLOMA has been working with Jeffrey Bacon on his Student Poster Competition to coincide with this exhibition. The winners were announced during the opening reception for the exhibition. The students’ awards were presented by Julie Berk, Senior Vice President Creative Advertising, Universal Pictures. Additionally, the winning posters have been finished professionally and are on view in the Nybak Wing. Mr. Bacon’s competition invited full-time college and high school students from the San Luis Obispo County to create their own movie poster design for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to connect with Hollywood. The two finalists—one college and one high school—will receive a private behind-the-scenes tour of Universal Pictures Marketing and a one-week internship at The Refinery, (one of Hollywood’s top creative advertising groups).

Jeffrey Bacon is co-founder and VP Creative at The Morro Group, Inc., formerly managing director of The Designory in Long Beach and former VP Design at Trailer Park, Inc. He has more than 30 years of experience with entertainment, auto and lifestyle brands. Currently, he focuses his attention on the nonprofit organization he co-founded to recognize and support families from The Marine Corps Wounded Warrior Battalion West, other peacekeepers in the military and civilian sectors, and first responders in our local Central California Coastal communities. He also teaches at Cal Poly and Cuesta College.

Related Programing
Thursday, January 4 at 12 PM: Art at High Noon lunchtime lecture with Jeffrey Bacon. Free and open to the public.
Monday, January 15 at 7 PM: Monthly Film Night, 24 x 36: A Movie About Movie Posters. Suggested donation $5 members, $7 general includes complementary beverage.


Details // 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.


Congratulations to the poster contest winners (pictured above, left to right): Neev Pettel, Melissa Webb, Jeffrey Bacon (artist), Owen Sullivan, Nina Heintz, Taylor Johnson, Jaine Evora, and Lyndsi Edmonston.