“Valley Rising” traces urban development in Salt Lake City from the arrival of the pioneers to the present day. From the historical and iconic, modest and grand, to the undistinguishable yet characteristically Salt Lake, these built environments illustrate a unique history.
Utah Arts & Museums Visual Arts Coordinator Felicia Baca curated the show from the Utah State Fine Art Collection. Presented through the lens of Utah artists working in painting, printmaking and photography, these works trace the diversity of people and places that have characterized Salt Lake City since its founding.
“Salt Lake City has a richly heterogeneous past,” said Director of Utah Arts & Museums Margaret Hunt. “With the completion of the transcontinental railroad in 1869, Salt Lake City became a modern and diversified city that was no longer geographically isolated. Urban development here looked very much like other places across the United States.”
The show features works by historical and contemporary Utah artists, including Carlos Anderson, Dan Baxter, Ken Baxter, George Dibble, Cynthia Moore Fehr, Diane Garff-Gardner, Olive B. Jensen, Jason Jones, Robert Jay Pennington, Henry N. Rasmussen, Howell Rosenbaum, H. Francis Sellers, Anthony Sicilliano, Ralph H. Schofield, Tony Smith, Harry G. Taylor, John Telford, Dan Weggeland and Frank Zimbeaux. Many of the works are being exhibited for the first time.
The historic Glendinning Mansion, which houses the Alice Merrill Horne Gallery, is also home to the main offices of Utah Arts & Museums. The gallery is named after Alice Merrill Horne, founder of the Utah Arts Council.