SALT LAKE CITY—Utah Arts & Museums announces a showcase of artwork from the State Fine Art Collection on the fourth floor of the Utah State Capitol. The exhibition, presented in collaboration with the Capitol Preservation Board staff, is open to the public and will run from February 13 through March 29. Admission is free.
Utah State Senate President Michael G. Waddoups asked Utah Arts & Museums to curate this exhibition from the State Fine Art Collection so it would be available for the public’s enjoyment during the 2012 legislative session. Among the pieces are works by well-known Utah artists such as J. Leo Fairbanks and Alvin Gittins.
In March 1899, a bill authored and sponsored by Representative Alice Merrill Horne was passed to create the Utah Art Institute (now Utah Arts & Museums) as the first state-sponsored arts organization in the United States. The 20 artworks now being displayed on the fourth floor of the Capitol are selected works from the State Fine Art Collection initiated by Representative Horne’s vision. These artworks, spanning 123 years of Utah artists and their work, honor this directive to nurture the arts and artists in Utah.
The exhibition also fulfills the vision of Capitol architect Richard Kletting that the fourth floor of the Capitol be used as a space for exhibitions of Utah artists and their work.
“I’m delighted that Utah’s citizens will have this opportunity to view these original pieces of artwork in our state collection,” said Margaret Hunt, Director of Utah Arts & Museums. “The state has a rich history of talented artists, and the Capitol’s majestic setting is the ideal showplace for these wonderful pieces.”