Utah Art History
with an emphasis on representational art
This section of the Traditional Fine Arts Organization (TFAO) catalogue Topics in American Art is devoted to the topic "Utah Art History." Articles and essays specific to this topic published in TFAO's Resource Library are listed at the beginning of the section. Clicking on titles takes readers directly to the articles and essays.
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Texts contained in Resource Library by named authors listed by author name in alphabetical order:
Contemplating the Extraordinary in Nature: Artists and Aesthetic Conservation by Peter H. Hassrick
The Art of Zion, A Historical Overview; essay by Deborah Reeder
Articles contained in Resource Library without named authors listed by article name in alphabetical order:
New Book: Utah Painting and Sculpture
Painting Utah's Mount Olympus
Revisiting Utah's Past: The Transformed Landscape
The Continuing Allure: Painters of Utah's Red Rock
Utah Impressions: Selections from the collection of Diane & Sam Stewart
We recommend that researchers always search within Resource Library for additional material. Please see TFAO's page How to research topics not listed for more information. As of April, 2015 Resource Library contains 302 pages including the state's name.
Museums and other non-profit sources of Resource Library articles and essays:
Please click on the name of each source to view articles and essays related to that source:
Brigham Young University Museum of Art
Kimball Art Center
Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art
Springville Museum of Art
Utah Museum of Fine Arts at University of Utah
(above top: See America, poster, Works Progress Administration; above bottom: Arches National Park, 2011, photo by John Hazeltine. Photo shows interpretation by artist of scene.)
Other online information:
"Art lessons - Pieces from the Salt Lake School District's collection on display" by Dave Gagon, Deseret News, Sept. 3, 2006 Accessed August, 2015.
George Beard: Mormon Pioneer Artist with a Camera is a 2017 exhibit at the Springville Museum of Art which says: "Although he is best known for his talented landscape paintings, few people know that he was also a highly accomplished photographer of the valleys and dramatic mountain panoramas he encountered on his extensive excursions through Utah, Idaho, and Wyoming." Also see BYU Library biography and Herald Extra 5/18/17 article Accessed 4/20
List of Utah artists from Wikipedia Accessed August, 2015.
Museum of Church History, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Website includes images of religious paintings in the museum, which is located in Salt Lake City. Accessed 1/17
Museum of Utah Art & History, Salt Lake City, UT. See Past Exhibitions. Accessed August, 2015.
The Oldest Paintings in America: Utah's Rock Art Photographed by Goodloe Suttler is a 2011 exhibit at the Ackland Art Museum which says: "Painted, pecked, and incised images from many different cultures and periods may be found in thousands of cave and cliff sites across Utah's Colorado Plateau. This exhibition showcases photographs by Goodloe Suttler of the astonishing "Barrier Canyon Style" rock paintings, probably the oldest of the rock art traditions found in the region (with origins perhaps dating to around 5,000 BCE)." Accessed 2/17
Outdoor sculptures in Utah from Wikipedia is a list of pages covering locations of sculptures throughout the state. [accessed December 7, 2012]
Utah (sampling of artists and works connected to state) from askArt. Accessed August, 2015.
"Utah artists' link to the landscape," by Carma Wadley, Deseret Morning News, July 17 2003. Accessed August, 2015.
"Utah Artists of Yesterday and Today," by Richard P. Christenson, Deseret News, May 14 1989. Accessed August, 2015.
Painting and Sculpture in Utah by Robert S. Olpin, from The University of Utah. Accessed August, 2015.
Utah Artists Project of the University of Utah Marriott Library offers biographies of histroic Utah artists. Links to individual biographies may be found in America's Distinguished Artists. The Deseret News says in a July 1, 2005 article "The core list of approximately 300 artists was compiled from lists generated by the Springville Museum of Art, the Bountiful/Davis Art Center, Robert Olpin's telecourse, "Art Life of Utah," and the Salt Lake County Fine Arts Program." Accessed August, 2015.
Utah State Capitol art collection, from State of Utah. Accessed August, 2015.
Books, listed by year of publication, with most recently published book listed first:
Painters of Utah's Canyons and Deserts, by Donna L. Poulton (Gibbs Smith, 2009) 304 pages ISBN-10: 142360184X ISBN-13: 978-1423601845
A Century of Sanctuary: The Art of Zion National Park, by Robert Redford (Foreword), Lyman Hafen (Contributor), Peter H Hassrick (Contributor), Deborah Reeder (Contributor), Leslie Courtright (Contributor), Roland Lee (Contributor), Erica Cottam (Contributor). Zion Natural History Association; 1st Edition edition (2008). ISBN-10: 0915630486. 13: 978-0915630486. (right: book front cover courtesy of Amazon.com)
Painters Of The Wasatch Mountains, by Robert S. Olpin, Ann W. Orton, Thomas F. Rugh (Gibbs Smith, 2005) Google Books says: "A distinct painting development with regard to the American West's Wasatch Range emerged in the nineteenth century and persists even today. These "painters of the Wasatch" have set many precedents through their artistic interpretations of this mountain subject matter. Painters of the Wasatch Mountains presents for the first time a survey of the gamut of painters who formed and have carried forward an expression of nature's mighty gift to both visitors and residents of Utah." (text courtesy of Amazon.com) (left: book front cover courtesy of Google Books)
Utah Art, Utah Artists: 150 Years Survey, by Vern G. Swanson, Robert S. Olpin, Springville Museum of Art, Donna L. Poulton, Janie L. Rogers. Published by Gibbs Smith, 2002. ISBN 158685111X, 9781586851118. 192 pages. Google Books says: "...Selected works and biographical material on the artists are presented chronologically... Vern G. Swanson, Ph.D., has been the director of the Springville Museum of Art since 1980... Robert S. Olpin, Ph.D., a University of Utah Professor of Art History, has become a familiar face on his eighteen-part television course on the Art Life in Utah series....Donna L. Poulton, Ph.D., is the Assistant Curator of Exhibitions at the Springville Museum if Art. For the past three years she has been documenting and chronicling, on film, the lives and works of Utah artists. Janie L. Rogers, M.A., wrote her master's thesis on Utah architecture. Rogers is a founding member of the Associated Art Historians, Inc., Salt Lake City." (right: book front cover courtesy of Google Books)
Artists of Utah, by Olpin Robert S, Seifrit William C, Swanson Vern G. 297 pages. Publisher: Gibbs Smith Publishers; 1st edition (September 1999). ISBN-10: 0879059052. ISBN-13: 978-0879059057
Utah Painting and Sculpture, by Vern G. Swanson, Robert S. Olpin, William C. Seifrit, William Gerdts. Published by Gibbs Smith, 1997. ISBN 087905817X, 9780879058173. 320 pages. Google Books says: "...156 Color Plates 63 Black & White Photographs With Magnificence and Vivid Imagery, This Stunning Revision of Utah Art Traces Utah's Artist and Their Creations From The First European Settlements In 1847 Through The Current Generation. In The 1800's Talented Young Men and Women Were Sent East and To Paris By The Lds Chruch To Study and Bring The Ideas of The Mainstream Art World Back To Utah. The Results Were Fascinating. Today Utah's Visual Artists Magnify This Tradition."(left: book front cover courtesy of Google Books)
Utah Art from the Permanent Collection: An Exhibition Honoring the Utah Statehood Centennial, 1896-1996., by Utah Museum of Fine Arts. Published by Utah Museum of Fine Arts, 1996. Google Books says: "Catalog of an exhibition held at the Val A. Browning Gallery, July 7-August 18, 1996"
Utah: State of the Arts, Trudy McMurrin, ed. (Meridian International, Inc., 1993)
Utah Art: The Springville Museum Collection, by Vern G. Swanson, Robert S. Olpin, William C. Seifrit, Springville Museum of Art. Contributor Vern G. Swanson, Robert S. Olpin, William S Gerdts. Published by Peregrine Smith Books, 1991. ISBN 0879053852, 9780879053857. 252 pages
Harvesting the Light: The Paris Art Mission and Beginnings of Utah Impressionism, by Linda Jones Gibbs, Museum of Church History and Art (Salt Lake City, Utah), Utah Museum of Church History and Art (Salt Lake City. Published by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1987. 107 pages. Google Books says: "An exhibition at the Museum of Church History and Art, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints."
Image of the Artist: Self-portraits and Portraits of Utah Artists: an Exhibition at the Springville Museum of Art 6 November 1986-4 January 1987., by Springville Museum of Art. Published by Springville Museum of Art, 1986
Masterworks: From the Collection of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, by Linda Mary Jones Gibbs, Utah Museum of Church History and Art (Salt Lake City, UT) Published by Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1984. 79 pages. Google Books says: "An exhibition at the Museum of Church History and Art, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints."
Women Artists of Utah, Published by Springville Museum of Art, 1984. 80 pages. Google Books says: "[Exhibition held at] Springville Museum of Art, November 3-December 17, 1984."
Collectors of Early Utah Art, by Utah Arts Council, Springville Museum of Art. Published by Paragon Press, 1983. Google Books says: "Catalog of an exhibit held at Springville Museum of Art, October 5-30, 1983."
Dictionary of Utah Art, by Robert S. Olpin. Published by Salt Lake Art Center in cooperation with the Utah American Revolution Bicentennial Commission, 1980. 311 pages
Permanent Collection Catalog, Springville Museum of Art. Springville, Utah, 1972
Pioneers of Utah Art by Kaysville Art Club, by Elsie S.; Rampton, Alice B.; Sanders, Clover B. Heaton. Publisher: Educational Printing Service (1968).
100 Years of Utah Painting: Selected Works from the 1840s to the 1940s. by Haseltine, James L. (Salt Lake City, UT: Salt Lake Art Center, 1965).
Devotees and Their Shrines: A Handbook of Utah Art, by Ruth Sutton. 160 pages. (The Deseret News; 1st edition, 1914).
A sampler of articles available through Utah Digital Newspapers / University of Utah Marriott Library with keywords "Utah + artist"
Ogden Art Society, 1924. "Stories about Utah artists" Ogden Standard Examiner, January 20, 1924 - from University of Utah Marriott Library
Ogden Art Society, 1924. "Stories about Utah artists" Ogden Standard Examiner, March 2, 1924 - from University of Utah Marriott Library
Deborah Reeder & Leslie Courtwight: "The Art of Zion National Park" American Art Review, July-August 2008 (Volume XX, Number 4)
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letter sent 3/16/12 to Dr. Mark A. Magleby, Director, Brigham Young University Museum of Art
letter sent 3/17/12 to Paul and Susan Bingham, proprietors, Bingham Gallery, Mount Carmel, UT
letter sent 3/17/12 to Mary Francey, retired Curator, Utah Museum of Fine Arts at University of Utah
letter sent 3/17/12 to Dr. Vern Swanson, Director, Springville Museum of Art
letter sent 3/17/12 to Ms. Donna Poulton, Curator, Art of Utah and the West, Utah Museum of Fine Arts at University of Utah
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