The Braithwaite Fine Arts Gallery provides dynamic and varied visual arts experiences for the people of southern Utah. The gallery mounts educational exhibits throughout the year, offers programs related to its exhibitions, preserves and collects fine art, and serves as a resource center for the visual arts on the SUU campus and in Cedar City and the surrounding communities.
The Braithwaite Fine Arts Gallery being located on the campus of Southern Utah University frequently shows works from Faculty and Students. The Art and Design Faculty Exhibition held February 7-March 14, 2008 is a good example. The Exhibition explored a variety of art forms, including ceramics, photography, oil painting and mixed media all created in the studios of the SUU Art and Design faculty.
"Our annual Art and Design Faculty Exhibition is a great opportunity for students and community members to experience the work of our talented Art and Design faculty," said Reece Summers, Gallery Director. "The show is not only a moving visual experience, but also an inspiration to students interested in pursuing a career in Art and Design."
In addition to student and faculty work the Gallery often presents works of national and international acclaim as with "Frederic Remington Makes Tracks...Adventures and Artistic Impressions" shown September 6-October 21, 2007 and "In Focus: National Geographic Greatest Portraits" shown September 11-November 1, 2008.
The Remington exhibit combined images printed during Remington's lifetime with silver recasts of his sculptures. The exhibit contained fifty prints, three fine silver recast sculptures, and one bronze portrait of Remington. The showing in Cedar City was part of a nine city national tour over a two and a half year period.
The National Geographic exhibit was a collection of 51 striking color and black-and-white photographs that explore the iconic images of our world. Surrounding the exhibit were educational programs designed for children from kindergarten to 6th grade. Over 2,000 local school children learned how a camera works, the history of the camera and how to capture different societies through photographs. According to Gallery Director, Reece Summers, "In Focus: National Geographic Greatest Portraits" set record-breaking attendance for the Braithwaite Fine Arts Gallery with over 7,000 visitors during the three week exhibit.
The Gallery also sponsors the annual High School Fine Art Competition Exhibit featuring the work of selected entrants from Utah high schools. This exhibit offers younger artists an opportunity to display their artwork and receive awards and critiques from the faculty of the SUU Department of Art and Design.
"Our annual Fine Art Competition offers high school age students, 15-18 years old in grades 9-12, the opportunity to submit their work in drawing, painting, ceramics and graphic design," says Reece Summers, Gallery Director. "This exhibit provides young artists an opportunity to present their artwork for adjudication, feedback, and awards."
The Gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday, 12 noon to 7 p.m. on the ground floor in the Braithwaite Liberal Arts Center building on the east end of the SUU campus. Adminssion is free. For more information contact the Gallery at 435-586-5432 or visit their web site. This link will take you to another web site and open in a new window. Simply close the window when finished to return to Willow Glen Inn.
Representing professional artists for over 20 years, Blue Sage Gallery proudly shows original works by local artists. Their variety of exhibits showcase ceramics, glass, photography, sculpture, jewelry, mixed media, original fine art prints, and a wide assortment of paintings and drawings. Their unique selection has been enthusiastically received by serious and casual art collectors.
;">With more than just exhibits, Blue Sage Gallery offers a window into the local art world. Attending an artist's reception at Blue Sage Gallery is a wonderful way to see great art, meet with friends and have an enjoyable evening. It is also an opportunity to collect some of the finest art in Southern Utah.
"Two of my favorite artists, Spike Ress and Sue Cotter are often featured at Blue Sage Gallery events. Spike is an accomplished watercolorist with a unique and moving vision of the world and Sue crafts some of the most intriquing and arresting books you are likely to encounter anywhere." Jonathan Carter, General Manager Willow Glen Inn
Blue Sage Gallery is open Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at 94 West Center Street in Cedar City, UT. Contact the gallery at (435) 586-7310 or visit their web site for more information and a schedule of show dates. This link will take you to another web site and open in a new window. Simply close the window when finished to return to Willow Glen Inn.
In 2003 Iron Mission State Park Museum established the Gronway and Afton Parry Special Exhibit Gallery, featuring 108 linear feet of hanging space. The gallery exhibits original art in a variety of mediums including photography, ceramics, sculpture, paintings, and drawings, as well as in-house history exhibits. According to Park Manager Todd Prince, "The purpose of the public access space is to offer local and regional artists an opportunity to exhibit their work in a public facility, thereby providing them exposure they may not otherwise be afforded."
The Museum books shows for most any individual, from beginners to students to nationally recognized artists. As pointed out by Mr. Prince, "Unless you are an established artist with an impressive portfolio, most high-end galleries and museums are reluctant to take a chance on you. As a public institution, the Museum offers an alternative for artists trying to get their work out to the public."
New exhibits open every six to eight weeks. Artist receptions are held the week of the exhibit opening, offering individuals a chance to socialize, meet the artist, and enrich their lives. Unless otherwise restricted by the artist, most works are available for purchase.
As a museum, Iron Mission interprets the history of Iron County, horse-drawn transportation, and early iron production. Attractions include a main exhibit hall, pioneer crafts, gift shop, and historic cabins. The Park hosts monthly programs including public lectures, living history demonstrations, curation workshops, and art exhibits. The Museum is open year-round with the exception of Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years. Hours from September to May are from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. during the summer months. The Museum is located at 635 North Main in Cedar City, Utah. Contact the Museum at (435) 586-9290 for more information or visit the Utah State Parks' online Events Calendar. This link will take you to another web site and open in a new window. Simply close the window when finished to return to Willow Glen Inn.
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Southern Utah is home to a large number of very talented artists working in almost every medium imaginable. And while Cedar City is not as well known an art destination as areas such as Taos, New Mexico, the art being produced here is the equal of any as can be seen in the "Tuweep Overlook" by noted local water-colorist, Spike Ress, shown at left. The local geology, geography, topography and scenery being some of the most striking anywhere on Earth naturally lend themselves to great art. The social development of Southern Utah spanning the centuries between the ancient Anasazi and modern people has produced an amazing variety of art and artifacts that continues to delight the informed.
The art of Southern Utah can be found in the galleries listed below. They feature all types of work by local artists both ancient and modern. Since exhibits change frequently we recommend checking with each gallery for their current schedule.
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