Art Meets History, a Utah Arts Council Traveling Exhibition Program exhibit, will be on view at Gallery East from March 8 through April 1. The exhibition features 22-sepia drawings, created by Utah artist and Price native William Dean Fausett, which retrace the historic exploration of the West undertaken by Civil War Major John Wesley Powell in 1869.
Noel Carmack, Gallery East director, says he is pleased to have the work exhibited in Fausett’s hometown. “We rarely have the opportunity to feature the work of a homegrown artist such as Fausett. Although many family members and older residents of Price would know of him and his work, this is a chance to introduce his work to a younger generation. We hope that members of the community as well as CEU students will take advantage of this opportunity to see Faucett’s illustrative skills.”
On May 24, 1869, 10 men in four boats led by Major John Wesley Powell left Green River, Wyo., to explore one of the last unmapped areas of the United States: the Green and Colorado river systems. On Aug. 30, six men and two boats came out of the canyon and into history. The Powell Expedition has become one of the most important events of exploration in the West. Filled with hardships and peril, the expedition accomplished what was perceived to be impossible.
In 1964 the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation commissioned Utah artist Dean Fausett to record the pioneer spirit of Major Powell and the majestic grandeur of the country he explored. The JP Morgan Chase Art Collection donated the 21-sepia drawings to the Utah Arts Council’s Fine Art Collection.
Fausett (1913-1998) was born and raised in Price, Utah. He studied at Brigham Young University, the Art Students League of New York, and the Beaux Art Institute of Design. He painted award-winning murals in the Washington D.C. Capitol Building and his works are included in numerous collections.
The gallery is free and open to the public during the academic year on Monday through Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Utah Arts Council’s Traveling Exhibition Program is a statewide outreach program that provides schools, museums, libraries, and community galleries with the opportunity to bring curated exhibitions to their community. For more information on participating in the program, please contact Laura Durham, TEP Coordinator, at 801.533.3582. Members of the media, please call Lydia Durand at 801.236.7548.
This program is supported in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts Washington D.C. and program funds from the Utah Arts Council.