Exhibit Highlights Historic Utah Artists

OGDEN, Utah – Weber State University’s Stewart Library presents “Early Utah Masterpieces,” a Utah Arts Council’s Traveling Exhibition highlighting a selection of important and historically significant works in the Utah State Fine Art Collection. Composed of 26 giclee prints of the valuable works, the travelling collection allows communities throughout the state to view and learn about Utah’s artistic history. 

“Early Utah Masterpieces” will be exhibited at the Stewart Library from Feb. 16 to April 11. “Early Utah Masterpieces” celebrates the extraordinary and rich history of the visual arts in Utah. At the first meeting of the Art Institute in 1899, money was appropriated to purchase its first painting, Black Rock, 1898, by J.T. Harwood. It is an impressive landscape of a familiar sight in the Great Salt Lake. Beginning with that significant first purchase, the State Fine Art Collection has grown annually through purchases and donations. 

The pieces displayed in this exhibit are giclee (a French word that means a spray of liquid) reproductions of the original oil paintings. Giclee prints are generated from high-resolution digital scans and printed onto canvas using professional color ink-jet printers. The giclee process provides better color accuracy than other means of reproduction and can be adjusted to any size. 

“Early Utah Masterpieces :’Alice Art Collection,’” was created through American Masterpieces program. “American Masterpieces: Three Centuries of Artistic Genius” is a special initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts, and presents Americans with the best of their artistic and cultural legacy, reaching large and small communities in all 50 states. Project support was provided by the Utah Arts Council, the Utah State Legislature, the Western States Arts Federation, and the National Endowment for the Arts. 

"Early Utah Masterpieces" will be exhibited at the WSU Stewart Library, from Feb. 16 to April 11. The Stewart Library is open Monday through Thursday from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m., Friday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. Accompanying educational materials are available. 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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Jamie Weeks, Associate Curator of Digital and Archival Collections
801-626-6486 • Jweeks@weber.edu


Jamie Weeks, Associate Curator of Digital and Archival Collections
801-626-6486 • Jweeks@weber.edu