OGDEN, Utah – Friends of the Stewart Library present “The Last Fifty: Modern and Contemporary Works from the Utah State Fine Art Collection,” on exhibit throughout Weber State University’s Stewart Library Feb. 19 to May 14.
The Last Fifty is a selection of original works by Utah artists from 1962 to the present. Although presented as a chronology, the scope of work is wide and varied. Pieces range from traditional, natural and urban landscapes by artists such as LeConte Stewart and Richard J. Van Wagoner, to various forms of modernist from artists Lee Deffebach, Edward Maryon, Anna Campbell Bliss and others.
The last quarter of the 20th century includes a range of Utah artists who address contemporary themes of place, spirituality, identity and environment. A subset of works from this exhibition will travel to venues around the state as part of the Traveling Exhibitions Program. Details can be found at utahtravelingexhibits.org.
Utah’s state-owned art collection began in 1899 under the leadership of Alice Merrill Horne, who ran for a seat in the Utah House of Representatives on a platform of support for the arts. Once elected, she sponsored a bill to create a state arts organization and establish a state collection of artwork.
Thanks to the efforts of the Collection Acquisition Committee and generous donations from patrons and artists, the Utah State Fine Art Collection purchases and acquires new artwork by Utah artists every year.
The Stewart Library is open Monday to Thursday from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m., Friday 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday 1 to 9 p.m. For more information on viewing the exhibition, please call 801-626-6486 or go to library.weber.edu/ref/more/events.cfm#Exhibits.
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