Longtime art professor talks on ‘Why art, why is it important?’

Photo of Glen Blakely, speaker at Dixie State University President's Colleagues Meeting, St. George, Utah, undated | Photo courtesy Dixie State University, St. George News

ST. GEORGE — Dixie State University President’s Colleagues meet Monday for the 6th time this school year with a presentation by longtime DSU art professor Glen Blakley, addressing the questions,“Why art, and why is it important?”

The meeting begins at noon in the Eccles Fine Arts Center, Mainstage Theatre, on the DSU campus, 225 S. 700 East in St. George, and is open to the public free of charge.

Following the presentation, Blakley will guide a tour of the 28th Annual Sears Dixie Invitational Art Show, which is currently on exhibit in the Sears Art Museum Gallery.

About Glen Blakley

Since his arrival at Dixie State in 1976, Blakley has worked to bring art experiences to the institution, the St. George community, and the state of Utah.

He helped establish the St. George Art Museum, serving as its first director for six years, and was the first director of the St. George Arts Festival in 1979. In addition, Blakley has served on the Dixie Task Force, St. George Arts Commission, Southwest Utah Arts Council, St. George Film Commission, and the Utah Arts Council Advisory Board.

Blakley completed his Master of Fine Arts at Brigham Young University in 1973. Prior to his tenure at DSU, he taught art at Oregon City High School and at BYU. At DSU he has directed travel-study programs to art museums in the western United States and Europe for more than 30 years, and has taken more than 19,000 people on tours to Los Angeles-area museums alone.

In 2013, Blakley was presented with the Certificate of Appreciation and Gratitude by the National K-12 Ceramic Exhibition Foundation for his support of education in the ceramic arts.

About the President’s Colleagues

The President’s Colleagues of Dixie State University, established more than 20 years ago by former Dixie State President Dr. Douglas Alder, is a group of retired professors and other professionals who live mostly in the St. George and Washington County area. Alder, who also started an honors program at Dixie State, organized the colleagues meetings to increase academic activities on campus.

The colleagues meet together once a month during the academic year to hear presentations from each other or invited guests.

The April Colleagues meeting will spotlight the life and legacy of President Theodore Roosevelt, with a presentation by DSU colleague Ben Mahaffey on April 6.

Meetings are free and open to the public.

Event details

  • What: President’s Colleagues Meeting
  • When: Monday, March 2, at noon
  • Where: DSU Eccles Fine Arts Center Mainstage Theatre, 225 South 700 East, St. George
  • Cost: Free

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