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.