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For the 11th International Art Competition, artists were asked to consider the theme—Meditations on Belief—and Psalm 77:11–12: “I will remember the works of the Lord: surely I will remember thy wonders of old. I will meditate also of all thy work, and talk of thy doings.”
Artists from around the world responded to this theme in distinct, thoughtful, and personal ways, often bearing profound testimony through their work and accompanying artist statements. In the 151 works selected for this exhibit, a number of repeating ideas emerged: nature as a site of devotion for God and His creation; a sense of awe and humility communicated and captured in the universe and in the stars; devoted women seeking revelation, expressing gratitude, or manifesting faith; Jesus Christ—His miracles, His grace, His divinity; stories from the scriptures; explorations of family and ancestors; adversity, suffering, healing, and hope; and the temple as a place of holiness and refuge. While in no way comprehensive, this list of repeating ideas seems to summarize what it means to truly believe.
All Utahns! All Sculpture! Celebrating 15 years of art and community.
Every year the Face of Utah Sculpture provides Utah artists a forum to present Utah culture through sculptural form. The origins of this dynamic exhibit, envisioned fifteen years ago by glass artist Dan Cummings, features both well-known and emerging Utah sculptors, showcasing both traditional and contemporary sculpture in a variety of techniques, styles, and mediums. The result is an exciting and eclectic mix of excellence in artistry in countless forms!
Danae Mattes is a California-based contemporary artist who works with untraditional, natural materials to create riveting and masterful artworks of organic abstraction. Mattes’s evaporation pools explore the properties of water when mixed with earth, and our physical and emotional relationship to such natural phenomena. The artist, long fascinated by water, feels that a river’s state of flux is a metaphor for life, as change is a constant of the human experience. Mattes’s evaporation pool artworks, created from primarily clay and water, evolve and transform over the course of about three months, as the materials settle and congeal, and the water evaporates. The continuous evolution in the first weeks gives the work a dynamic sense of tension and transition as surface textures emerge such as rivulets, cracks, and deep crevices.
Patrick Dougherty, a world-renowned contemporary artist who creates works out of willow branches, has created a new exhibition at the BYU Museum of Art entitled Windswept. Visitors will enjoy an immersive experience as they meander through a transformed space reminiscent of a walk through the paths of a sweeping mountainscape.
Dougherty involved local volunteers to help with the installation process of this piece, giving students and community members the unique opportunity to work with a contemporary artist.
On May 10, 1869, two railroads—built with haste, hope, and aspiration—joined in a lonely, dry desert of northern Utah, at a place called Promontory. On that day, dignitaries from both companies—the Central Pacific, which had built from California, and the Union Pacific, which had built from the east—gave speeches and installed ceremonial last spikes.
Promontory was an inflection point in the history of the American West—as well as the country as a whole—a moment that both symbolically and literally gave birth to a region of measurement, colonization, and extraction, to what historian Donald Worster has called “the engineered West.” After Promontory explores how photographic artists have received and represented that West both in the era of the transcontinentals, and in the region they have left us to inhabit.
The exhibition features period photographs by some of the most accomplished photographers in the nation’s history, artists such as William Henry Jackson, Timothy H. O’Sullivan, and Carleton E. Watkins. Their photographs were often created with the sponsorship of the railroads, whose leaders saw photography as a medium suitable for lobbying a distant population (and distant political leaders) on the need for public support and assistance.
May 2019 marks the 150-year anniversary of the joining of the two railroads in Promontory, Utah. Join with us in learning more about this event than profoundly reshaped the human geography of the West, giving birth to the region we recognize today.
Monday, August 26, 2019 at 10:00 AM
– September 24, 2019
The DiFiore Center
Saint George, UT
Art as a healing tool.
The DiFiore Center is honored to feature artist Kirsten Beitler in the gallery August 17, 2019-September 28, 2019. Kirsten's show "Couch to Canvas" is a retrospective on how the artist uses art as atool to facilate healing.
A opening reception will be held August 17th from 6:30 to 8:30 pm.
Sing, dance, and experience stories at the Orem Public Library in the Storytelling Wing.
Children and their parents are invited to come sing, dance, and experience stories with storytellers in the Storytelling Wing.
The show will feature approximately 100 works of art from approximately 40 Southern utah Artists. The show will feature abstract art from all mediums including all forms of painting and mixed media, photography, pottery, sculpture and other. The show will be blend of small and large pieces. All the art will be for sale.
There will be an artist reception and award ceremony on Friday, June 21, from 4 to 6 PM. The public is invited to view the art, meet the artists and enjoy live music and light refreshments.
Opening Monday, August 5, the touring exhibition Al Farrow: Wrath and Reverence will make its eighth and final stop at Southern Utah Museum of Art (SUMA), on the campus of Southern Utah University (SUU).
Wrath and Reverence brings together pieces of Al Farrow’s work from private and public collections across the United States. These ornate sculptures depicting religious structures, ritual objects, and reliquaries are inspired by the world’s three major religions: Judaism, Islam and Christianity. What makes Farrow’s work stand out from other religious artwork is his use of unconventional materials such as deconstructed guns, bullets, bone, glass and steel.
“Beauty is not a concern for much of the art being produced today, yet it remains a universal attraction. I use the beauty of religious architecture to attract my viewers into closer inspection. Once close, the viewer discovers that these beautiful sculptures are made with violent materials,” said Farrow. “My hope is that the viewer is seduced into wondering about this juxtaposition and begins to think about the relationship between religion and war, which has existed throughout history.”
Beginning its national tour in 2015, Wrath and Reverence has also shown at Forum Gallery in New York City, 21c Museum Hotel in Louisville, Kentucky, Bellevue Arts Museum in Bellevue, Washington and Museum of Craft and Design in San Francisco among other museums and galleries. For this exhibition, SUMA received a loan from the de Young Museum, part of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, for the work titled The Spine and Tooth of Santo Guerro. This sculpture is inspired by European Catholic cathedrals and houses the spine of Santo Guerro, a fictional saint of war, as a commentary of how many European cathedrals were built with the intention of viewing religious relics.
“Securing a loan from the de Young Museum is a great achievement for our museum and our local arts community,” said Jessica Farling, director/curator of SUMA. “This loan is another example of how quickly SUMA is growing to become a world-class museum in the heart of southern Utah, bringing diverse and thought-provoking exhibitions to the region. Exhibitions like Wrath & Reverence help Cedar City continue to be known as Utah’s destination for the arts.”
Visitors will have the opportunity to meet the artist during multiple events throughout the exhibition. Farrow will attend the final SUMA Summer Nights event on Thursday, August 1 when Friends of SUMA members and Utah Shakespeare Festival ticket holders will have the opportunity to meet him and receive an exclusive look at one piece from the show. He will also attend the member’s preview event on August 3, when Friends of SUMA members will have the opportunity to view the entire exhibition before it opens to the public. The museum is teaming up with A.P.E.X. at SUU to host Farrow for a public talk on Thursday, September 19 at 11:30 a.m. in the Hunter Conference Center. Before the show closes, SUMA will host a gallery talk with Farling on October 1 at 4 p.m. Al Farrow: Wrath and Reverence will be on display through October 5, 2019.
Al Farrow (U.S., b. 1943)
The Spine and Tooth of Santo Guerro, 2007
Steel, brass, gold, bone, fabric, tooth
64 x 50½ x 74 in.
On loan from the de Young Museum, 2019
Collection of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, Museum Purchase, gift of Dr. Thomas Jackson and Dr. Kathleen Grant, 2008
Karl Momen is a painter and sculptor who is one of the last living artists trained in the Bauhaus movement. In America, Momen is best known as the creator of the epic 87-foot Metaphor: The Tree of Utah sculpture located adjacent to Interstate 80 in the stark Bonneville Salt Flats region of Utah. This suite from the late 1990s demonstrates Momen’s primary visual language of formalism, simplistic compositions, and color through his symbolic interpretations of some of Shakespeare’s most famous plays.