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Dixie State University to host free art talk featuring sculptor, painter Claudia Hecht

ST. GEORGE, Utah — Sharing about her vibrant paintings and evocative sculpture, internationally acclaimed artist Claudia Hecht will present an art talk hosted by the Dixie State University Sears Art Museum and Arte Divine.

Traveling from Guadalajara, Mexico, to be in attendance, Hecht will present her art talk from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Aug. 16 in the Sears Art Museum, located in the Dolores Doré Eccles Fine Arts Center on the Dixie State campus. The talk will be paired with a reception to open the exhibit “Claudia Hecht: Sculptor, Painter … unforgettable,” which will be on display at the museum through Oct. 18. Admission is free, and the community is encouraged to attend.

“Hecht’s unique identity as an international artist who has followed her own path fits perfectly into the Sears,” Kathy Cieslewicz, director and curator of the DSU Sears Art Museum, said. “Her work will be appreciated by our patrons, students, art collectors and community. This is an exhibit for everyone and not to be missed.” 

Hecht is an award-winning artist whose artwork combines themes from the ancient Inca and Mayan and other primitive cultures with her modern interpretation and materials. Her work evokes the spiritual rituals from the legends of these civilizations but is presented in a contemporary style that captures wonder. 

"The light of consciousness — the creative impulse — shines through the lens of the artist for its own fulfillment," Hecht said about her art.

The exhibit, which is sponsored by DSU, Arte Divine, Utah Division of Arts & Museum, St. George RAP and the St. George Arts Commission, will be open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., except for school holidays in the Sears Art Museum.

For more information about the Dixie State University Sears Art Museum, visit www.searsart.com.