UTAH TECH UNIVERSITY'S STUDENT NEWS SOURCE | September 26, 2022

Sears art invitational

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This year marks the 27th annual Sears Invitational Art Show and Sales held in the Dolores Dore Eccles Fine Arts Center.

The exhibit runs from Feb. 15th to March 30th from ten a.m. to six p.m. Mondays through Saturdays, and two to six p.m. Sundays. The exhibit is open to the public and free of charge.

This exhibit features more than 200 pieces of artwork from 120 artists from  not only Utah, but from all around the country. This show features a variety of representational art including landscape, portrait, western and impressionistic pieces said Kathy C. Cieslewicz is the Curator at Dixie. The exhibit is very successful, as many emerging artists find their way to the top as art collectors and investors discover their talents.

The Best of Show Purchase Prize was awarded to Royden Card from Bloomington. Card’s award winning piece is called “Book Cliffs II,” an acrylic painting. His work will now be featured as part of DSU’s Permanent Art Collection.

“I paint to give back, to share that surprised sense of discovering beauty in places where it is not expected,” Card said. “It is a process that gets done with paint and brush, born of personal unction and a love of beauty. Beauty which finds its form at my fingertips without words, in the action of creation – brush on canvas. The painting, when complete, surprises even me”.

New artists are invited to submit pictures of their artwork each year, for consideration of an invitation to participate. When an artist is accepted to join the show they are invited to submit two original and recent pieces of artwork.

“Being a part of the Sears Invitational has given me the opportunity to be amongst my artist friends and also make new friends in the artist community.” Said Brady Richardson, a member of the Art Department at Dixie and a participant in the Sears Invitational Art Show said, “It has helped my artist family grow.”

Richardson’s ceramic piece that is featured in the Sears Invitational Art Show is called “Good Energy Lamps.”

“There is a lot of unique and beautiful pieces of artwork at the exhibit this year.” Said Tarah Kershaw, a freshman integrated studies major from Payson. “One of my favorite pieces of artwork at the exhibit was ‘old Tin Lizzy’ by Dianne J. Adams, a watercolor that is for sale for $1,875.”

“The DSU Sears Museum Gallery exists for the enjoyment and education of the students and community.” Said Cieslewicz. “It’s free, easy to get to, and has international artists that will inspire and engage the viewers. The gallery is inviting and beautiful.”

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