Upcoming Exhibits

 

Kate Starling: A Study of Scale

May 11 — July 27

"Big Bend" by Kate StarlingKate Starling is an oil painter who lives and works in the canyons of southern Utah. Her paintings portray the natural world and focus on communicating a sense of place, atmosphere and dazzling light, retaining the immediacy of the painting experience. She knows the strength of emotion that the landscape seen in a particular light can trigger in her. Starling strives to paint in such a way that memory and emotion are triggered in the people who see her work.

Image Credit: Big Bend, 2007

 


 

Karl Momen: Homage to William Shakespeare

May 11 — October 5 

Richard III, 1996 by Karl MomenKarl Momen is a Swedish painter and sculptor who 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. Inspired by master of Surrealism, Max Ernst, as well as Europe’s foremost architect, Le Corbusier, Momen’s work is rooted in the visual language of formalism, emphasizing simplistic compositions, color, and symbolism. In his Homage to William Shakespeare suite, from the late 1990s, he was able to synthesize his passion for operatic and dramatic literature, with his love of the musical equivalent of these forms.

Image Credit: Richard III, 1996

 


 

Al Farrow: Wrath & Reverence

August 5 — October 5

Mausoleum 1, 2017 by Al Farrow Al Farrow’s ornate religious structures, ritual objects, and reliquaries incorporate materials such as deconstructed guns, bullets, bone, glass, and steel. Farrow’s work is inspired by a trip to Italy where he encountered a reliquary containing the remains of ancient Saint Lorenzo. He noticed the Saint’s withered finger resting inside the reliquary, bent in the shape of a “trigger finger.” It was from this experience that Farrow began crafting mysterious, mesmerizing sculptures which explore the relationships between religion, violence, peace, brutality, the sacred, and the unholy.

Image Credit: Mausoleum 1, 2017

 


 

A World Transformed: The Transcontinental Railroad and Utah

October 14 — December 28

The Champagne Photo, May 10, 1869This traveling exhibition shares the story of Utah’s contribution to the completion of the transcontinental railroad and examines the railway’s transformational effects on Utah. A partnership between Utah State University Merrill-Cazier Library and the Utah State Division of History, A World Transformed will travel the state of Utah from January 2019 through March 2020. The exhibition draws upon the many rich historical resources held by different institutions across not only Utah but the Western United States, including photographs, maps, art, and lithographs.

Image Credit: The Champagne Photo, May 10, 1869