ST. GEORGE – Dixie State College of Utah is sponsoring The Art in Rock Art, a Utah Arts Council Traveling Exhibition that features 24 photographs by Utah State University professor Craig Law, chronicling Utah’s prehistoric rock art. Located at the DSC Val A. Browning Library daily through Tuesday, Nov. 2, these photographs are a small selection of images included in a greater documentary project called the BCS Project run by Law and project director, David Sucec.
Utah is home to numerous world-class prehistoric rock art sites. This artwork provides a critical record of Utah and North America’s cultural history; yet, these sites are virtually unprotected. To date, many sites have been seriously compromised by vandalism, others by accelerated aging and weathering. In 1991, the BCS (Barrier Canyon Style rock art) Project was started by Law and Sucec in response to growing alarm over this deterioration. Since incorporation, the BCS Project has sought to document any and all known sites of prehistoric Barrier Canyon rock art in Utah before it is lost. As of 2001, the PROJECT has photographed 212 sites. The complete documentation (without specific locations of sites) will be housed in the Special Collections Division of the Marriott Library at the University of Utah as a record and resource for scholars/interested public in the study of the Barrier Canyon style and Utah prehistoric rock art.
A native of Logan, Utah, Law served as project photographer and is the chair of the art department at Utah State University. Law has received numerous awards and honors. His work is in many private and public collections including the Utah Museum of Fine Arts and the Utah State Collection. Law is currently represented by Phillips Gallery in Salt Lake City.
Sucec, who was the BCS project director, is a visual artist, scholar, independent curator, and teacher who resides in Salt Lake City. In 1991, David was awarded a Utah Humanities Council Research Fellowship to initiate the BCS PROJECT.
The Art in Rock Art exhibit will be open to the public during regular Browning Library hours, which are Monday-Thursday from 7:30 a.m.-11:45 p.m., Fridays from 7:30 a.m.-5:45 p.m., Saturdays from 12 noon-6:45 p.m., and Sundays from 3-9:45 p.m. For more information on viewing the exhibition, please call Ellen Bonadurer at the DSC Browning library at 435-652-7713 or visit www.utahtravelingexhibits.org.
About the Utah Division of Arts & Museums and the Traveling Exhibit Program
The Utah Division of Arts & Museums’ Traveling Exhibit Program is a statewide outreach program that provides schools, museums, libraries, and community galleries with the opportunity to bring curated exhibitions to their community. This program is supported in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. For more information on participating in the program, please contact Laura Durham, TEP Coordinator, at [email protected] or call 801.533.3582. For media inquires, please contact Dennis Elsbury, Communications Specialist, at [email protected] or call 801.236.7548.
The Utah Division of Arts & Museums is a division of the Utah Department of Community and Culture with a goal to promote innovation in and the growth of Utah’s arts and culture community. The Division provides funding, education, and technical services to individuals and organizations statewide so that all Utahns, regardless of race, gender, ethnicity or economic status, can access, understand, and receive the benefits of arts and culture. Additional information on the programs and services can be found at artsandmuseums.utah.gov <http://www.artsandmuseums.utah.gov> or by calling 801.236.7555.