When We Paint Our Masterpiece: The Art of the Grateful Dead Community

Learn how the members of the Grateful Dead and the global Dead Head community took inspiration from one another in creating an image-rich, worldwide art practice that, like the band’s music, scrambled perceived standards and norms. 

The creative works presented in When We Paint Our Masterpiece reveal a world full of variety when it comes to design practices, international traditions, visual icons, and vernacular art forms. There has been space for all of these patterns and visions in the community of fans and fellow artists that blossomed around the band, and that community of creators continues to thrive today. This exhibit explores  the mutual appreciation among fans as well as between fans and the band. 

This free exhibit is open to the public during McHenry Library hours, through December 22, 2022.

(artwork by Miki Saito)

Thursday, December 22, 2022

McHenry Library, Brittingham Dead Central Gallery, Main Level
1156 High St, Santa Cruz, California 95064

Event Type


Invited Audience

Alumni, Faculty & Staff, Students, Prospective Students, General Public


Arts & Culture



Library, University


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