Upcoming Exhibits


Al Farrow: Wrath & Reverence

August 5 — October 5

Al Farrow - The Spine and Tooth of Santo GuerroAl 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.

Press Release: The Work of Al Farrow Concludes Its National Tour at Southern Utah Museum of Art







Image Credit: 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




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, artifacts, and lithographs.

Image Credit: The Champagne Photo, May 10, 1869



October 14 — December 28

Spiral JettyFieldworks is an initiative launched, in 2015, by faculty in the School of Visual Arts at the University of Oklahoma (OU). Through extensive study of arid regions in the western United States, it cultivates an archive of objects, images, and texts that form the basis for exhibitions, publications, and teaching. Through its interdisciplinary approach to the arts, humanities, and sciences, Fieldworks examines how people comprehend and interact with nature, producing knowledge about the traces that our species leaves on the land.

This collaboration with OU provides SUU an occasion for fruitful intercollegiate partnership between faculty and students, deepening understanding of the Great Basin region by bringing a wide range of diverse perspectives to bear on land that successfully resisted traversal prior to the driving of the Golden Spike on May 10, 1869. By addressing events that enabled this moment and its subsequent ramifications, Fieldworks will bring fresh insight to an essential episode in Utahn and world history.

Pulling from its archive, the Fieldworks exhibition will focus on the Great Basin region traversed by the First Transcontinental Railroad. Preparatory travel with students from OU and SUU in the summer of 2019 will augment the archive with new materials linked to places of direct or contextual relevance to the earliest coast-to-coast rail connection across North America.

This project is funded in part by the Kirkpatrick Foundation of Oklahoma City and the Charles Redd Center for Western Studies of Brigham Young University.


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