State of the Art: Utah

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From Bryce Canyon and Arches Na­tional Park to the many charm­ing neigh­bor­hoods flanked by mas­sive snow-capped moun­tains, Utah is a de­lin­eation of much of what makes the western United States so stun­ning. Rooted in the his­tory of pi­o­neer ex­plo­ration, Utah be­came the 45th state in Jan­uary of 1896 and has grown to be­come one of the most vi­brant South­west­ern states on both nat­u­ral and ur­ban grounds. The state cap­i­tal of Salt Lake City has a thriv­ing lo­cal mu­sic scene, nu­mer­ous am­a­teur and pro­fes­sional theatre venues and a va­ri­ety of art and his­tor­i­cal mu­se­ums.

South­east of down­town Salt Lake City is the his­toric min­ing town of Park City, which is home to one of the top ski­ing des­ti­na­tions in the coun­try, Park City Moun­tain Re­sort, nes­tled high in the Wasatch Moun­tains. There’s also the fa­mous Sundance Film Fes­ti­val, a mark of in­de­pen­dent cre­ators and in­no­va­tors. This prece­dent of cre­ative cul­ture is en­hanced by the nu­merus Western gal­leries, artists, mu­se­ums and arts events across the state. The May­nard Dixon Liv­ing His­tory Mu­seum in south­ern Utah im­mor­tal­izes the home of the es­teemed Western artist and his wife Edith Ham­lin, where guests can walk the trails Dixon him­self used to wan­der and ex­pe­ri­ence the majesty of “May­nard Dixon Coun­try.” In Spring­dale, the David J. West Gallery show­cases the land­scape photography of David J. West. A col­lec­tion of desert and moun­tain land­scapes—in­clud­ing Zion Na­tional Park—west’s photography cap­tures the en­chant­ing beauty of the Southwest from canyons lay­ered with red and rus­set rocks, to yel­low forests of as­pens, to salmon-pink skies with bil­lows of oranges, pur­ples and blues.

The Utah Arts Fes­ti­val, held in down­town Salt Lake, is an an­nual sum­mer high­light cel­e­brat­ing the arts for more than 40 years run­ning. Visi­tors can browse and pur­chase works from more than 165 visual artists, most of who are lo­cals, as well as en­joy per­for­mances from bal­let and mod­ern dancers, jazz en­sem­bles, sym­phonies, slam po­ets, street theatre and much more. Held in Lo­gan, Utah, the Sum­mer­fest Arts Faire is a juried art fes­ti­val that takes place each year dur­ing Fa­ther’s Day week­end.

Other no­table artists, gal­leries, or­ga­ni­za­tions and events in the Bee­hive State in­clude El­iz­a­beth Rob­bins, Shanna Kunz,

Bella Muse Gallery, Roland Lee Gallery, Red Rock Arts Fes­ti­val, Gibby Bronze, Sean Wal­lis and Gallery Moab, among many oth­ers.

A day­time view of the Salt Lake City sky­line. Photo by D. Pul­sipher.

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