Constructing the Utah Landscape, an interactive companion exhibition to The British Passion for Landscape: Masterpieces from National Museum Wales, on view now at the UMFA, exposes the many tools artists use as they approach the genre.
Through a variety of hands-on activities, visitors can experiment with artistic techniques on replicas of the Utah scenes on view in the gallery. From shifting the horizon line to using colored filters, visitors can manipulate the key elements of a landscape—assigning the meaning and mood and even the season to an artwork.
Constructing the Utah Landscape highlights works from the UMFA permanent collection by Maynard Dixon, V. Douglas Snow, and LeConte Stewart, among others. It features a wide range of artistic styles and media, from traditional to abstract, including film and sculpture.
By exploring these techniques, visitors will better understand and relate to the artist’s process and more fully experience and appreciate the works on view throughout the UMFA, especially those in The British Passion for Landscape.
The British Passion for Landscape is at the UMFA through December 13, 2015, but Constructing the Utah Landscape is on view through January 17, 2016. Be sure to take advantage of First Wednesdays and Third Saturdays to visit the Museum for FREE (thanks to Salt Lake County Zoo, Arts and Parks) or come in all other Wednesday nights for $5 admission after 5 pm!