Dixie State presents companion lecture to ‘Lindstrom’ art exhibit

Examples of works by artist Gaell Lindstrom whose retrospective exhibition will be on display at the Sears Art Museum Gallery on Dixie State University campus from Nov. 28, 2016-Jan. 13, 2017. St. George, Utah | Photos of Lindstrom works courtesy of Dixie State University, composite by St. George News

ST. GEORGE — In association with “Lindstrom,” a retrospective exhibition of Gaell Lindstrom’s photography, paintings, ceramics and drawings, the Dixie State University Sears Art Museum Gallery is offering the lecture “Lindstrom: In Context.”

Artist Gaell Lindstrom. Dixie State University's Sears Art Museum will display a retrospective exhibition of Lindstrom's works from Nov. 28, 2016-Jan. 13, 2017. | Publicity photo courtesy of Dixie State University, St. George News
Artist Gaell Lindstrom. Dixie State University’s Sears Art Museum will display a retrospective exhibition of Lindstrom’s works from Nov. 28, 2016-Jan. 13, 2017. | Publicity photo courtesy of Dixie State University, St. George News

Dr. James Swensen, an associate professor of art history and the history of photography at Brigham Young University, will present the lecture at on Friday at 7:30 p.m. in the Sears Art Museum Gallery, located in the Dolores Doré Eccles Fine Arts Center on the Dixie State campus, 225 S. 700 East, St George.

During his presentation, Swensen will investigate the ways in which Lindstrom found a synthesis between the divergent ideas of realism and abstraction. Lindstrom struck this balance after studying at the University of Utah under George Dibble, who embraced abstraction and a modernist technique, and LeConte Stewart, who believed in realism and a more conservative approach to painting.

Showcasing a variety of works by the artist who mastered a variety of mediums but is best known for his watercolors, “Lindstrom” features pieces completed throughout the artist’s seven-decade long career.


Read more: Sears Gallery opens a 70-year retrospective exhibit of Gaell Lindstrom art


Swensen earned his doctorate from the University of Arizona in 2009. His research interests include documentary photography and the art and photography of Utah and the American West. He has written “Picturing Migrants: The Grapes of Wrath and New Deal Documentary Photography” and “In a Rugged Land: Ansel Adams and Dorothea Lange’s ‘Three Mormon Towns’ Collaboration, 1953-1954.” In 2016, he received the Butler Young Scholar Award from the Charles Redd Center for Western Studies.

The exhibit is made possible by Lindstrom’s family and friends who are sharing their prized possessions, “Lindstrom” is free to attend and is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Jan. 13.

Event details

  • What: “Lindstrom” exhibit featuring the works of artist Gaell Lindstrom | “Lindstrom” lecture.
  • When:
    • Exhibit: Opened Nov. 28, 2016, runs through Jan. 13 | Open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday.
    • Lecture: Jan. 13, 7:30 p.m.
  • Where: Exhibit and lecture at the Sears Art Museum Gallery in the Dolores Doré Eccles Fine Arts Center, Dixie State University campus, 225 S. 700 East, St George.
  • Cost: Exhibit and the lecture are free.

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