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Art in America (band)

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Art in America
OriginDetroit, Michigan, United States
GenresProgressive rock, pop
Years active1980 (1980)–present
LabelsSony / Pavillion Records
MembersChris Flynn
Daniel Flynn
Shishonee Flynn
Jim Kuha
Garry Galloway
Shishonee Flynn, in concert
Art in America 1983

Art in America is an American progressive rock band that achieved success in the early 1980s. They are best known for their self-titled song "Art in America" released in 1983.[1]



The band was the first-known rock band featuring a pedal harp to appear on a major record label. Art in America was formed in 1980 by brothers Chris Flynn and Dan Flynn and sister Shishonee (real name Ruetenik). Harpist Shishonee, was formerly a member of the band The Trees Community. Joining Art in America was friend Jim Kuha. Originally called Father, the band's name was changed to 'Art in America' and under this name the group began opening for popular Irish & English pop artists such as U2 and Roxy Music. In 1983, the group released their first studio album under Sony Music/Pavilion Records.[2] Produced by Yes and Emerson, Lake and Palmer producer Eddy Offord, the album contained their most popular song "Art in America"[3][4] which received airplay on MTV music television,[5] and radio stations throughout the United States. The songs were co-arranged by Steve Morse who also contributed a guitar solo for the song "Undercover Lover". The guest keyboardist on the album was Terry "T" Lavitz.[6]

In hopes of a better deal in releasing a second album, the band moved to Los Angeles in 1985. However, the band found the pay to play gig situation in Los Angeles to be hostile and disappointing. The band still records music and loads to many internet sites for free song streaming, as well as album and singles for purchase.[7][8]

In 2011 the band was contacted by producer David Hentschel[9] to finally record a follow-up studio album. The album was first released in 2013, as The Hentschel Sessions and then re-released as Cloudborn with artwork and additional tracks in 2018.[7][10][11]









Album art


The cover for the self-titled debut (commissioned and painted by Ioannis)[19] is featured in the book 1000 Record Covers by Michael Ochs, and published by Taschen.[20][21] In 2018, in a reprise of his participation with the group, Ioannis commissioned the cover for Cloudborn.[19]


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  2. ^ "Release "Art in America" by Art in America". MusicBrainz.org.
  3. ^ "TWAS 112: Art in America, Eurogliders". Furia.com. Retrieved 20 May 2023.
  4. ^ "What Major Art Magazine Has an '80s Rock Band Named After It? Why, It's Art in America!". News.artnet.com. 5 January 2018.
  5. ^ Billboard 1983-04-30, p. 26
  6. ^ "T Lavitz | Credits". AllMusic.
  7. ^ a b "Our Story". Art in America. Archived from the original on 2016-07-29. Retrieved 2016-09-01.
  8. ^ "Art in America - Art in America | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic.
  9. ^ "David Hentschel : Record Producer, Composer". Thekeyboard.co.uk. Retrieved 20 May 2023.
  10. ^ "Scott Frankfurt Studio | Art In America feat. David Hentschel". scottfrankfurtstudio.com. Archived from the original on 2017-02-02.
  11. ^ "The band Art in America returns after 30 years". Michiganradio.org. 7 November 2013.
  12. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2017-01-23. Retrieved 2017-01-29.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  13. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2017-02-02. Retrieved 2017-01-29.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  14. ^ a b c "Chart History - Art in America". Billboard. Retrieved July 23, 2016.
  15. ^ "Art in America follows up 1983 debut more than 30 years later". Lemonwire.com. 22 June 2018.
  16. ^ "Concert Streaming & Live Music Streaming". Wolfgangs.com. Retrieved 20 May 2023.
  17. ^ "Capitol Theatre in Flint, MI - Cinema Treasures". Cinematreasures.org. Retrieved 20 May 2023.
  18. ^ "Thomas Dolby / Art in America – King Biscuit Flower Hour (1983, Vinyl)". Discogs.
  19. ^ a b "IOANNIS – IOANNIS CLASSIC ROCK ARTIST". Dangerousage.com. Retrieved 20 May 2023.
  20. ^ "TASCHEN Books: This is for the vinyl lovers: 1000 Record Covers". Taschen.com. Retrieved 20 May 2023.
  21. ^ "1000 record covers (Samengesteld door Michael Ochs) (Taschen 1996/2002)". Muzieklijstjes.nl.