The annual Sears Dixie Invitational
Art Show and Sale, recognized as one of the biggest art events in the state of
Utah, celebrates its 26th year beginning on Saturday, Feb. 16 at the Dolores
Dore´ Eccles Fine Arts Center on the campus of Dixie State College.
The Sears Dixie Invitational, which
has been a mainstay at DSC, will feature more than 250 works of art from 130
renowned artists from Utah and around the United States. Award categories for
the show include oils, watercolor, pastels and other media. In addition, the
show regularly features several bronze works.
“Culture has been an important facet
of our community from the very beginning, and the Sears Dixie Invitational Art
Show has been a Dixie tradition for 26 years,” said DSC Vice President of
Institutional Advancement Christina Schultz. “Artists seem to be enthralled by
our beautiful Southern Utah landscape, western history and abundant wildlife.
This passion is reflected in our show.”
This year’s Invitational events will
begin on Friday, Feb. 15 at 3 p.m. in the Eccles Fine Arts Center Concert Hall
with a free art symposium for all interested artists, conducted by 2012
Purchase Prize and Best of Show winner Jeremy Winborg. Winborg’s dual
award-winning effort marked just the second time in the Invitational’s history
that an artist has swept both honors. For Winborg, it was his first Sears Dixie
Purchase Prize award victory, which earned him the honor of serving as the
adjudicator for this year’s Sears Dixie Invitational.
The Invitational’s opening reception
will follow the symposium beginning at 5 p.m., while the opening gala and
pre-sale will start at 6 p.m. – all of which will take place in the Eccles Fine
Arts Center Grand Foyer. Tickets for the gala can be purchased by calling Susan
Taysom in the DSC Institutional Advancement Office, (435) 652-7905. The program
for the evening will include dinner and remarks by this year’s Invitational
Honorary Chair A. Scott Anderson, President and CEO of Zions Bank.
DSC Sears Art Museum curator Kathy
Cieslewicz noted that this year’s show will feature strong representation of
landscapes, genre, still life, figures, ceramics and sculpture. Oils,
watercolors, pastels, acrylics, bronze and glass are of outstanding quality.
“Viewers will find a full scope that
one could expect to find in some of the biggest art shows across the country,”
Cieslewicz said. “Lying at the heart of this significant collection of artworks
are approximately 130 professional artists who have created wonderful pieces
and then presented them in an effort to raise monies to support the Sears
Museum Gallery. We encourage art lovers from near and far to participate.”
Since the inaugural Sears Dixie
Invitational Art Show in 1988, a portion of each painting purchased has been
allocated to help fund the art gallery in the Eccles Fine Arts Center. The
Sears Dixie Invitational Art Show made its debut in that new gallery in 2005,
and appropriately enough, the gallery bears the name of the show’s founders, the
late Robert N. and Peggy Sears.
The exhibit will open to the public
beginning Saturday, Feb. 16 and will be on display through Sunday, March 31.
Exhibit hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Mondays through Saturdays, and 2-6 p.m. on
Sundays. Call (435) 652-7907 for more information.