SALT LAKE CITY – Utah Arts & Museums announces a new exhibition featuring work from the State of Utah Fine Art Collection. “Utah Artists Elsewhere” will be on display at the Alice Gallery from Jan. 23 – March 6, 2015.
This exhibition features selected works by Utah artists interpreting non-Utah places and things. “Utah artists, like any other, travel the world and the Fine Art Collection reflects that” explains Collections Manager Jim Glenn. “It is interesting to see the artist’s interpretation of the world through their work and think about how much, if any, being a Utahn influences that interpretation.”
This exhibition includes its earliest work from the 1930s and spans through the end of the 20th Century.
Utah Arts & Museums Director Lynnette Hiskey says, “The career trajectory of Utah artists is a fascinating story. Many of our artists traveled abroad and some were fortunate to study with some of the most famous artists the world had to offer. From destinations like Chicago, New York, Paris, Italy; to studying at some of the most reputable art colleges and academies; earning the most sought after scholarships; and exhibiting at the largest national and international art fairs; Utah artists have offered an immense contribution on an international scale, while enriching the local landscape in an invaluable way.”
One of the works, Fanongo Kia Hiko by Brigham Young University professor Joseph Ostraff, was created as a result of one of his many visits to Tonga. “While living on the island of Foa in Tonga, my family and I met Hiko, a nobleman from the neighboring island of Kau Vai” recalls Ostraff. “He was the living heir from a family line with the ability to call in schools of skipjack tuna. While we were there, Hiko went out into the bay and called in the fish. Both our villages ate tuna for weeks to come. There were several ‘tapu’ associated with the event. The most significant condition being that all the fish caught must be shared among the people and not sold for profit. This painting is about the movement from myth to belief founded in shared experience. Going abroad has enabled me to return to Utah and to appreciate the diversity found in my own backyard.”
Other artists include: James Taylor Harwood, Francis L. Horspool, Edward Maryon, Rosalind Newmark, JH Stansfield, Florence E. Ware, along with many others. Gallery hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. The Alice Gallery is located in the Glendinning Mansion, located at 617 E. South Temple in Salt Lake City.