Welcome to the St. George Art Museum's Permanent Collection
The St. George Art Museum building was constructed in 1934 by the Utah-Idaho Sugar Company to store beet seeds. It served this purpose until 1979, when it became vacant, and a home to mice and pigeons. Through the vision, generosity, and hard work of the community and city officials, it became the beautiful new home of the Art Museum in 1997.
The museum houses a permanent collection of fine art, consisting of paintings, sculpture, ceramics, prints, drawings, and photographs. In all, the collection numbers more than 500 items. Among the works are items by well-known southwest artists like George Ottinger, Frederick Dellenbaugh, Maynard Dixon, and George Dibble. The museum continues to avidly acquire fine works by artists from Utah and the Southwest, and National Park art in particular.
The museum also hosts exciting special exhibits, which change four times per year. The exhibits range from historical to contemporary shows, primarily focusing on the western experience. The exhibit "A Century of Sanctuary: The Art of Zion National Park" which ran from August 2008 through January 2009 celebrated the 100th anniversary of the park with the most comprehensive collection of historical and contemporary art of Zion National Park ever mounted.
The Zion National Park Centennial exhibit also contributed to the growth of the Permanent Collection. Twenty-five of the artists in the juried portion of that exhibit donated their paintings to the Museum. The winners of the Mayor's Award and the City Council's Award were purchase prizes so those paintings were also added to the collection as well as two additional purchases. The Museum received additional donations from two juried artists and other donors as a direct result of the Zion Centennial exhibit. Our latest collection: "The Art of Zion National Park" includes these donations as well as all of our Zion National Park art.
The museum welcomes both individual patrons and families. There is a strong educational component with docent-guided tours for school groups and an interactive Family Discovery Center with creative art projects and activities for children, based on the current exhibits. There is also an Adult Study Center, and a Museum Store. The third Thursday of each month features extended hours and an evening art conversation related to the current exhibit.
The Museum is open Monday through Saturday, 10:00 AM through 5:00 PM at 47 East 200 North, St. George, Utah 84770. There is a nominal admission fee.