The art of Utah landscapes: road trip style

CEDAR CITY  Step back in time on a retro road trip through Utah’s unique scenery at Frontier Homestead State Park’s “Snapshots: Highlights from the Springville Museum of Art’s Family Vacation,” an exhibition that will be on display from Jan. 25 through April 30.

"Zion" by Ethel Strauser | Image courtesy of Frontier Homestead State Park, St. George News
“Zion” by Ethel Strauser | Image courtesy of Frontier Homestead State Park, St. George News

Through vintage-inspired artwork from Stephanie Deer, travel posters by John Clark, Southern Utah artist Jim Jones and traditional Utah landscapes from the SMA’s permanent collection, this exhibition will recreate a mid-century vacation the whole family will enjoy.

By exploring this amazing collection, families will call back memories for those who hit the open road in post-war America and inspire younger musem visitors to get out and see these places on their own.

Family vacations boomed in post-war America. Amid talk of nuclear conflict, packing the kids in the car and seeing the sites that defined the USA promoted family togetherness and national pride. In Utah, families came together to explore the lakes, canyons, ghost towns and national parks that dot the Beehive State.

“Family Vacation has been a delightful exhibition at the Springville Museum of Art,” Rita Wright, director of the Springville Museum of Art, said. “Families reminisce about their travels and vacations while enjoying the scenic beauty and depictions of place in the works of art. We are particularly pleased to invite Frontier Homestead State Park into that fun conversation by sharing highlights of the exhibition with them. It’s a perfect museum for sharing the joys of vacationing in Utah!”

“Throughout 2016, the national parks and partnering organizations will be celebrating the National Park Service Centennial with a variety of events,” Todd Prince, manager at Frontier Homestead State Park, said. “The national parks in our area and Utah state parks draw millions of visitors from around the world each year; throughout Utah are hidden treasures, amazing opportunities for adventure and a rich world to explore. We are pleased to host Family Vacation as part of this celebration.”

Event details

  • What: “Snapshots: Highlights from the Springville Museum of Art’s Family Vacation”
  • When: Jan. 25 through April 30
  • Where: Frontier Homestead State Park, 635 N. Main St., Cedar City


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