With a nickname like Art City, Springville, Utah, is a force to be reckoned with in the art scene.
The Springville Museum of Art has been a strong advocate for the arts for the past 100 years. The museum houses more than 3,000 works of art, many of which are made locally. And that Utah legacy of beauty and excellence will be documented in the new book, Springville Museum of Art: History and Collection.
This historical book is a collaboration by four authors: Vern G. Swanson, Jessica R. Weiss, Ashlee Whitaker and Nicole C. Romney. They outline the history of the internationally-renowned museum and tell its story through the artwork it houses. The 424-page book follows the various themes and exhibits that have been prominent throughout the museum's history. Complete with images of hundreds of pieces, this book gives readers a look at the museum's progress throughout the years.
Even in the early stages of what is now called "The Springville Art Movement," there were artists and patrons clamoring for a chance to experience deep emotions through art.
Cyrus E. Dallin (1860-1944) was one of Utah's first renowned artists and a Springville native. After studying art in Boston and Paris, he returned home to forward the movement happening in his hometown.
Dallin's statue, "Spirit of Life," is the centerpiece and crowning jewel of the museum's Stewart Sculpture Garden. Dallin sculpted the bronze statue in 1928, and the piece has been a tribute to the cycle and beauty of life ever since.
You can learn more about Dallin's powerful influence in the book.
One of the authors,Vern Swanson, has been the director of the Springville Museum of Art for the past 30 years. With multiple degrees in art history, he is an expert in many types of art, but he specializes in Soviet realism. The museum held an exhibit of this particular art style to honor those who use their artistic talents for social change.
Springville Museum of Art: History and Collection gives an overview of past exhibits and other monumental moments in art history in which the Springville Museum of Art participated.
The book will be released this summer.
Images courtesy of Cedar Fort Publications.