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For immediate release Alyssa Hickman Grove, 801.533.5760
13 February 2012 Arts Education Coordinator, Utah Arts & Museums
Geoffrey Fattah, 801.386.4755
Communications Director, Utah Dept. of Community and Culture
State Fine Art Collection exhibition at the State Capitol
Feb. 13 through Mar. 22, 2012
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 22. 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.”
For more information, contact Public Art & Design Arts Manager Jim Glenn at 801.533.3585, firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit Utah Arts & Museums at artsandmuseums.utah.gov.
About Utah Arts & Museums
Utah 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 the programs and services can be found at www.artsandmuseums.utah.gov or by calling 801.236.7555.
Alyssa Hickman Grove
Constituent Relations & Media
Utah Arts & Museums
617 East South Temple
Salt Lake City, UT 84102