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Monday, December 20, 2010

SUU Artist Selected to Make Utah Ornaments for National Christmas Tree

For immediate release Wendi Hassan, 801.236.7548
2 December 2010 Communications Specialist, Utah Division of Arts & Museums

Claudia Nakano, 801.859.8443
Communications Director, Utah Dept. of Community and Culture

Carrie Trenholm Selected to Create State Ornaments
For 2010 National Christmas Tree Lighting

CEDAR CITY —Carrie Trenholm of Southern Utah University was selected to create the state tree ornaments for Utah to be featured at this year’s National Christmas Tree Lighting event hosted by the National Park Foundation and National Park Service. The National Christmas Tree Lighting will be held on Thursday, December 9, 2010, at 5:00 p.m., on the Ellipse in Washington, D.C. Trenholm worked with Glen Lyman’s students from Canyon View High School in Cedar City to produce the fused glass ornaments, designed to represent the wildflowers recorded by Utah botanists and created with tiny grains of glass fired at hot temperatures.

Carrie Trenholm taught art to 6-12 graders in Cedar City for 21 years before joining the faculty of the College of Education and the College of Performing and Visual Arts at Southern Utah University as the Beverly Taylor Sorenson Endowed Chair Assistant Professor of Elementary Arts Education where her goal is to promote arts education in the public schools in southern Utah.

“We are delighted to have Carrie Trenholm participating in this year’s National Christmas tree display,” said Neil Mulholland, President and CEO of the National Park Foundation, the official charity of America’s national parks. “This event is a wonderful example of how our national parks connect us as a nation.”

This year, one artist and youth group were selected from each US state, territory and the District of Columbia to design and create 26 ornaments. Twenty-five of the ornaments will be hung from the state or territorial tree as part of the National Christmas Tree display on the Ellipse. One of the ornaments will decorate the White House Visitor Center Christmas tree which showcases each state/territory ornament.

“The ornaments Carrie created with the students of Canyon View High School are extraordinary,” said Margaret Hunt, Director of the Utah Division of Arts & Museums. “They will represent well the skill and creativity of Utah artists as well as paying tribute to the natural beauty to be found in Utah.”

As one of our country’s oldest holiday traditions, the National Christmas Tree Lighting began on Christmas Eve in 1923, when President Calvin Coolidge lit a Christmas tree in front of 3,000 spectators on the Ellipse. Since 1923, each succeeding President has carried on the tradition of what now has become a month-long event presented by the National Park Foundation and National Park Service. In addition to the National Christmas Tree display, the Ellipse hosts a variety of family-oriented holiday attractions, such as the Santa’s Workshop, nightly holiday performances, a Yule log, nativity scene, and model train display.

About the Utah Division of Arts & Museums
The Utah Division of Arts & Museums is a division of the Utah Department of Community and Culture with a goal to promote innovation in and the growth of Utah’s arts and culture community. The Division provides funding, education, and technical services to individuals and organizations statewide so that all Utahns, regardless of race, gender, ethnicity or economic status, can access, understand, and receive the benefits of arts and culture. Additional information on these programs and services can be found at www.artsandmuseums.utah.gov or by calling 801.236.7555.

About the National Park Service
The National Park Service preserves unimpaired the natural and cultural resources and values of the National Park System and its 393 National Park sites for the enjoyment, education, and inspiration of this and future generations. The National Park Service cooperates with partners to extend the benefits of natural and cultural resource conservation and outdoor recreation throughout this country and the world. For more information, visit www.nps.gov.

About the National Park Foundation
You are the owner of 84 million acres of the world’s most treasured landscapes, ecosystems, and historic sites -- all protected in America’s nearly 400 national parks. Chartered by Congress, the National Park Foundation is the official charity of America’s national parks. We work hand in hand with the National Park Service to connect you and all Americans to the parks, and to make sure that they are preserved for the generations who will follow. Join us in supporting your national parks -- this is your land. www.nationalparks.org.

Additional contacts
National Park Service
Bill Line, Toni Braxton
(202) 619-7400

National Park Foundation
Marjorie Hall
(202) 354-6480

Southern Utah University
Jen Burt

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