2016 NATIONAL PARKS: UNITING AMERICA: 100 Years on Common Ground
Main Gallery: The West’s Most Spectacular National Parks
The celebration of the National Park Service Centennial continues and the St. George Art Museum invited artists to submit entries to our juried exhibits. Currently on display, the second of 3 juried exhibits, features artworks of the National Park Service lands west of the Missouri, including Alaska, Hawaii, and American Samoa. The number of entries surpassed 150 pieces and our juror, esteemed art historian, curator and author Donna Poulton was challenged to select 50 of those for this exhibit.
Mezzanine Gallery – Wild Land: Thomas Cole and The Birth of American Landscape Painting
Thomas Cole was not only an iconic 19th-century artist but a conservational visionary whose ideas on the natural world heralded the sense of American identity that we know today. This exhibit takes visitors “into the woods” and through Cole’s studio, revealing the ways in which he, and other artists of his time, pioneered cultural conversations that shaped our national landscape—intellectually, physically, and visually.
Legacy Gallery – The Natural Man by Photographer Mark Hedengren
This body of work--The Natural Man--is an exploration of our relationship with nature and the many creative ways we find to get back to its therapeutic surroundings. From cliff jumping to Salt Flats car racing, the desire to be in our natural surroundings is born into the human experience.
Art Conversations - Every 3rd Thursday at 7 pm
July 21st - Stars Over the National Parks with Astronomer, Ron Smith
September 17th at 7pm with Kay Miner on A Bright Swirling of Bugs
October 15th at 7pm Fiber Art from a Native Perspective
November 14th at 1pm Hal Hickman - Silver Mining of Southern Utah
November 19th at 7pm Margaret Abramshe of Studio Art Quilts Associates on Celebrating Silver
December 17th at 7pm Becky Menlove of UMNH on Navajo Basket exhibit, Weaving a Revolution
Family Discovery Center
In the Family Discovery Center for each exhibit, we feature multi-disciplinary, hands-on learning activities that expand upon the concepts featured in the art and increase the child's awareness and thought processes of that art.
"Researchers tell us that getting an early start in the arts can make a real difference in the lives of children. The benefits of early arts education extend way beyond providing a creative outlet. Involvement in the creative arts can help develop imagination, cognitive skills, problem solving, fine motor skills, social skills, and a host of other benefits. Art education can play a major role in a child's academic and social development."
Spend some quality time with your children or grandchildren at the St. George Art Museum by visiting the exhibits and talking about them with the kids. Then create your own exhibit related artworks together in the Family Discovery Center."
The building which is now the St. George Art Museum was originally built
in the 1930's to store beet seed for a sugar beet factory. The Utah-Idaho
Sugar Company, after determining that sugar beet seed was a good "cash"
crop, built the building in 1934, using it along with the already existing
opera house and another building which is now the Social Hall. This was
the start of a business that would last for nearly fifty years.
Sugar beets were planted in the Washinton Fields and Bloomington in the
fall. Due to the mild-winter climate in Utah's Dixie, the crop could stay
in the ground over winter. In the spring, the beets would sprout and grow
to several feet high and then fall over. The plants would then be harvested
and hauled by horse-drawn wagons to the factory where they would undergo
a process to remove the seed and sort it into different sizes and varieties.
The seed was cleaned, treated for disease and stored in bins.
Warehouse No. 3, as it was referred to at that time, (which is now the new
St. George Art Museum) was where the seed was stored. There were 15 bins
which each held 80,000 to 130,000 pounds of seed. From the bins, the seed
was put into three sizes of bags, 20, 25, and 50 pounds and then stored
until it was shipped. Shipping was done by hauling the bags to Cedar City
where it was sent by train to sugar beet plants in West Jordan, Utah; Idaho
Falls, Idaho; Montana, and Washington. After 1955 the seed was all shipped
with trucking firms until the sugar company closed in 1979.
The building was vacant after 1979 and became home to mice and pigeons and
an eyesore to the community. Through the vision, generosity, and hard work
of the community and city officials, the ultimate dream to restore the building
as part of the St. George's historic district was realized in 1997 when
it became the beautiful new home of the Art Museum.
St. George Art Museum's 2006 Legacy II for the Next Ten Years
The St. George Art Museum celebrated ten years in the Pioneer Center for the Arts in 2007. The year leading up to that milestone was dedicated to raising funds to buy ten new pieces of art with the initiative Ten Empty Frames with Art That Goes Beyond.
Giving to the Annual Appeal
Shopping in the Museum Store's lovely hassle free environment (anytime)
Celebrating with us at the Gala (January 27, 2007)
Lunching at the Soup N' Bowl (March 9, 2007)
Visiting which produces Admission Sales (anytime)
Attending the 1st ever For the Love of Art Home Tour (October 19 & 20, 2007)
Joining the Museum, renewing, or upgrading your membership (annually)
Sponsoring #8 of the 10 Paintings ($5000)
Sponsoring #9 of the 10 Paintings ($5000)
Sponsoring #10 of the Paintings ($5000)
ST. GEORGE ART MUSEUM IS RECRUITING NEW VOLUNTEERS & DOCENTS
Do you have a love of art? Have you ever thought about becoming a docent or a front desk volunteer at the St. George Art Museum? Now is the time. Wonderful exhibits are always on view and new exhibits arrive 3 to 4 times per year.
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As each year draws to a close we send out the St. George Art Museum's Annual Appeal. This is a request for contributions beyond membership that are 100% tax deductible*.
It takes a great deal of effort by the city, the staff and the community to fulfill the mission of the St. George Art Museum: to educate all visitors through quality exhibitions from all periods, cultures, and media, as well as to collect, conserve, inventory, exhibit, and interpret art and artifacts from Utah and the West. It also requires economic resources and we could not do it without the support of our generous donors. This is the purpose of our Annual Appeal and through that we ask for your support. Contributions of any size are welcome.
Please make your donation today to help ensure that the St. George Art Museum, a place of thought and contemplation, maintains its ability to serve you, Washington County School children, and all of its visitors.
*Tax deductible within the extent of the law. Please see your tax advisor.
Soup N' Bowl Fundraiser – on the First Friday in March
The Annual Soup N' Bowl Fundraiser generates support for the Permanent Collection. Tickets for this event are sold at the Art Museum for about 6 weeks prior and at the door on the day of the event.
For a ticket price of only $20 per person, attendees will get to choose a bowl from a wide variety created and donated by local potters and enjoy a delicious lunch of soup, bread, and dessert.
Participants will also have the opportunity to bid on gorgeous art pieces offered in the Silent Auction and to meet some of the potters who donated bowls and auction items.
This is a wonderful opportunity to support the museum while enjoying a fun outing with family and friends. As an added bonus, a visit to the Art Museum is included in your ticket cost.
Don't miss this fun event!
For the Love of Art Home Tour Fundraiser – on the Third Weekend in October
This tour of art collector homes is offered on Friday and Saturday of the Third weekend in October
Travel together on one of two small buses to the homes of three different art collectors who will show their collections and talk about the artwork. Includes a sumptuous lunch. You can choose to take the tour on Friday or Saturday. Purchase tickets for $60 at the Museum or by phone with your Mastercard or Visa beginning about 6 weeks prior to the Tour weekend.
The St. George Art Museum Board wishes to thank you for the continued support you have shown to foster the arts in our community. By becoming a member, attending gallery openings and special presentations, as well as taking part in fundraising efforts-- you make a difference.
Proceeds from membership funds go toward: acquisitions to the Museum's Permanent Collection; quality traveling exhibits for the area; and special artist presentations and scholarly lectures. These programs are enjoyed not only by our members, but also by our many visiting schools throughout the year who take the opportunity to plan quality museum and fine art experiences in their curriculum. Please make note of the following membership benefits and join us!
10% discount on all Gallery and Gift shop purchases
Invitation to exhibit openings, presentations, lectures and other special events
Your contribution is tax-deductible
As programs grow, we look forward to increased benefits to our members
Again, we thank you for your involvement and look forward to your wonderful support of the arts and a terrific year for the Museum!
Visit our Museum Store for a variety of unique gifts.
Our museum store features a wide variety of gifts and books. From jewelry to art supplies, everyone is sure to find exactly what they are looking for. Come in and take a look.
Monday - Saturday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
(435) 627 - 4525
Location: 47 E. 200 N., St. George, UT 84770 Front Desk: 435-627-4525