A Century of Sanctuary: The Art of Zion National Park (Aug 25, 2008 - Jan 24, 2009)
August 25, 2008 through
January 24, 2009
Zion National Park celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2009. To mark this historic event, the St. George Art Museum hosted the most comprehensive exhibit of Zion ever mounted, a landmark three-part exhibition to celebrate Zion National Park. In 100 years Zion grew from a barely-accessible hidden treasure to an American icon averaging more than two and a half million visitors annually, viewed through the eyes of artists from across the country and over more than a century.
The Historic exhibit showcased 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 displayed along with the work of many other artists of national renown and local impact to form a panoramic history of Zion art.
The Juried exhibit featured sixty-eight works of contemporary Zion National Park art. Peter Hassrick selected the exhibit from a pool of more than 500 entries. Winning artwork reflected the grandeur and human experience of Zion National Park and represented a variety of media and styles, from naturalism to abstraction. This exhibit of contemporary Zion art showcased the landscape, flora, and fauna of the park, ranging from sweeping panoramas to intimate details.
The exhibit also featured a contemporary installation, Sensing Zion, created by Kathy Clement Cislewicz, Lindsy Stewart Cieslewicz, and Dan Whalen. A dance filmed in the 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 brought 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 is included reproduced in stunning color along with the artists' biographies.