Tom Petty exhibit opening at Cade Museum with artifacts from Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Press release from the Cade Museum

GAINESVILLE, Fla. –The Cade Museum for Creativity and Invention is happy to announce the opening of a new exhibit, Tom Petty: Among the Wildflowers, featuring artifacts previously on display at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio. 

Tom Petty: Among the Wildflowers explores the joys, pains, and creative awakenings that Gainesville native Tom 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 bandmembers 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 Tom Petty’s 1995 Rolling Stone Magazine cover, original lyric sheets, and instruments used in the album recording.   

The exhibition draws heavy inspiration from the 2021 documentary Tom Petty: Somewhere You Feel Free – The Making of Wildflowers, directed by Mary Wharton and produced by Adria Petty, eldest daughter of Tom Petty and partner in the Petty legacy, along with her sister, Annakim Violette, and stepmother, Dana York Petty.  

 “The Petty Legacy is committed to investing in the new artists, creators, and inventors that will come out of Gainesville. The Cade Museum is a beacon for this. Our dad was such an unassuming and wonderful man like the late Dr. Cade ,I know he would be humbled by this honor. The legacy of the Cade Museum uplifts and facilitates this spirit of invention and discovery. We could not be more thrilled that this important exhibition will travel from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame to our dad’s hometown in Central Florida. We hope it inspires people to dig deep, dream, and express themselves. We are forever grateful to Phoebe Miles for making this exhibition possible.” 

Adria Petty

Tom Petty: Among the Wildflowers will be open from July 22, 2023, until January 1, 2024, during museum hours: Thursday to Sunday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Purchase tickets here.  

    • I’m glad someone said it. TP had plenty of $$$ for doctors and chose to self-medicate his pain. I’ll pass on honoring him personally. He would have never been much anyway without Mike Campbell.

  • Nice tribute.
    Here’s hoping that former and present musicians from Gainesville will be presented as well.

  • Tom Petty is one of my favorite musicians and I am going to go see this. I miss him and his music.

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