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Sears Art Museum Gallery opens new exhibit, hosts Artist Reception

June 16, 2015


Wednesday, June 10th, 2015

The unique styles, skills and inspiration of many well-known Utah artists are on display this summer as Dixie State University’s Sears Art Museum Gallery hosts its new exhibit, “One X One.”

To kick off the exhibit, which runs through Aug. 28, Dixie State is hosting an artist reception Friday, June 12, from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Eccles Fine Art Center, 155 S. University Ave. The reception is free to attend and refreshments will be served.

The exhibit, juried by professors in DSU’s Art Department, offers a variety of media applications including mixed media, oil, acrylic, watercolor, ceramics, sculpture and photography and an abundance of subject matters. Works range from traditional to contemporary and all pieces on display are 12 inches by 12 inches, making a fascinating visual statement. The exhibit features works by well-known local artists and many who participate in the DSU Sears Invitational Art Show.

Additionally, the show features a special exhibit by three invited artists: William Kody Keller, Blaine Atwood and J. Amber Egbert.

Keller, a St. George native who now lives in Spanish Fork, works with bronze and has completed a number of large projects for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He earned a Master’s of Fine Arts from Brigham Young University and now teaches there.

Atwood, a Price resident, recently completed his Master’s of Fine Arts from BYU. His exciting installation piece that is on display at the Sears Art Museum Gallery uses 600 mugs and many finials.

“The finial is an architectural element that is implemented at the apex of most religious meetinghouses. It is used for this purpose because it points toward the heavens and lifts the mind upward toward God,” Atwood said. “The mug, on the other hand, is one of the most humble and universal ceramic service vessels. It is used around the world as a drinking container whose sole purpose is service, or to give life-sustaining nourishment to mankind. The combination of these two visual elements seeks to encompass my personal art practice, my research, and the element of the sublime that we all possess.”

Egbert is a ceramicist and is working on her Master’s of Fine Arts at BYU. Upon graduation, she plans to share her art through participation in solo and group exhibitions and continue on as an art educator.

In addition, art by Rebecca Gaver, who is from Kanab, is displayed in the Eccles Grand Foyer.

“My passion for the desert Southwest continues to this day and is often reflected in my landscapes, which range from plein-air pieces to fantasies,” Gaver said. “I draw and paint in many media: pen and ink, colored pencil, graphite, watercolor and oils. Some of my work is quite representational and some is more abstract. As time goes by, I find my style becoming much more loose and free, and the pieces seem to have a life of their own.”

The gallery is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is closed on state and national holidays.