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Sears Art Museum Gallery to screen ‘Artists: At Work in Their Studios’

September 7, 2017

Depicting how artists’ creative processes unfold in their own workspaces, the film “Artists: At Work in Their Studios” will continuously play as part of the Dixie State University Sears Art Museum Gallery’s next exhibit.

The film will be screened on a loop from Sept. 14 through Nov. 4 in the Dolores Doré Eccles Fine Arts Center Grand Foyer on the Dixie State campus. The exhibit is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is free for the public to attend.

“Artists: At Work in Their Studios” features more than 50 artists from different time periods who lived and worked throughout Utah, including Washington County. A tribute to artists’ work, the film highlights their contributions to society as well as different approaches to creating art. Whether they are working outdoors to capture the changing light of nature or indoors in small garage studios, these artists honor Southern Utah’s unique landscape.

“Ancient artists worked to leave behind petroglyphs and pictographs or created pottery that left us clues to their cultures. Artists such as Thomas Moran journeyed here to capture the spectacular grandeur of our area and Zion National Park. Today, artists move here to be surrounded in the beauty of what we call home,” Kathy Cieslewicz, art curator at Dixie State, said. “Without work, there is no artwork; no intention of creating; no visual images of people, settings or feelings; no recording of time and change. They don’t call it artwork for nothing.”

The exhibit is part of Washington County Works!, a collaborative effort between The Arts to Zion Showcase and other Washington County arts and cultural museums to host a series of exhibits and lectures that explore how the county’s geography molded the historic mining and agriculture industries. The series also explores the art, culture and recreational opportunities that continue to sustain the county’s tourism industry. This art and lecture series accompanies The Way We Worked, a traveling exhibit from the Smithsonian Institute, which the Silver Reef Museum in Leeds will host from Sept. 15 to Nov. 4.

The Dixie State University Sears Art Museum Gallery features different exhibits throughout the year. Offering a variety of art styles from traditional to contemporary, the gallery exists for the enjoyment and education of Dixie State University students and the community. For more information, visit www.searsart.com.