Constructing the Utah Landscape

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.

Vistors can take pieces from the holder and place them in different slots to construct a landscape, while learning about foreground, middle-ground and background.

Visitors can take pieces from the holder and place them in different slots to construct a landscape, while learning about foreground, middle-ground and background.

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.

Visitors can move the knob around to find the vanishing points in these works by LeConte Stewart.

Visitors can move the knob around to find the vanishing points in these works by LeConte Stewart.

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.

Using works by Burnis Calvin Day and Maynard Dixon, visitors can move the side arm to change the horizon lines in the paintings.

Using works by Burnis Calvin Day and Maynard Dixon, visitors can move the side arm to change the horizon lines in the paintings.

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.

Visitors can learn about atmospheric perspective by sliding different shades of blue over the image to change depth.

Visitors can learn about atmospheric perspective by sliding different filters over the image to change depth.

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!

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