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A Century of Sanctuary: The Art of Zion National Park

Show available:

August 25, 2008
through January 24, 2009

Zion National Park is celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2009. To mark this historic event, the St. George Art Museum will host the most comprehensive exhibit of Zion ever mounted, a landmark three-part exhibiton display August 25, 2008-January 24, 2009. Visitors will experience Zion, which in the last 100 years has gone from a barely-accessible hidden treasure to an American icon averaging more than two and a half million visitors anually, through the eyes of artists from across the country and over more than a century.

The Historic exhibit showcases seventy-four paintings and photographs tracing the history of art in Zion Canyon beginning in 1870 and commencing decade by decade through changing styles and artistic movements to the present day. Artwork by famed artists Thomas Moran, Maynard Dixon, Ansel Adams, Frederick Dellenbaugh, Jack Hillers, and Gunnar Widforss will join the work of many other artists of national renown and local impact to form a panoramic history of Zion art.

The Juried exhibit features sixty-eight works of contemporary Zion National Park art. Peter Hassrick selected the exhibit from a pool of more than 500 entries. Winning artwork reflects the grandeur and human experience of Zion National Park and represents a variety of media and styles, from naturalism to abstraction. This exhibit of contemporary Zion art showcases the landscape, flora, and fauna of the park, ranging from sweeping panoramas to intimate details.

The exhibit also features a contemporary installation, Sensing Zion, created by Kathy Clement Cislewicz, Lindsy Stewart Cieslewicz, and Dan Whalen. A dance filmed int he park, choreographed to Olivier Messiaen's Des Canyons aux Etoiles (From the Canyons to the Stars), and projected onto a sheet of gypsum, the installation brings together materials, music, and motion to create a multi-sensual experiential interpretation of the park.

An exhibit catalog, A Century of Sanctuary: The Art of Zion National Park, includes a foreword by Robert Redford and essays on the history and romance of art in Zion by Peter Hassrick, Lyman Hafen, Roland Lee, Deborah Reeder, and Leslie Courtright. Each piece of artwork in the exhibit will appear reproduced in stunning color along with the artists' biographies.

The museum will also host a Conversation on the third Tuesday of each month. Conversations are at 7pm and feature an artist, art historian, or other speaker related to the Zion exhibit. The dates for those events are as follows:

September 16, 2008
October 21, 2008
November 18, 2008
December 16, 2008
January 20, 2009