“Kate Starling: A Study of Scale” offers an intimate perspective of the iconic landscapes both locals and tourists to southern Utah are so familiar with. In great detail, Starling examines the simple beauty of these landforms that many overlook. The artist uses her past as a geologist and national parks ranger to capture the intricacies and sensory experience of these public places on a much smaller scale than her traditional counterparts.
Southern Utah Museum of Art (SUMA), on the campus of Southern Utah University (SUU), is currently hosting Starling’s exhibition of landscape paintings.
“When we first come to a spectacular landscape, it is common to only see the obvious. Many of these paintings are about the scenic, but also emphasize the mundane elements in order to let the viewer experience the whole,” said Starling. “I wanted this show to be about the place where I live and the things I see every day.”
Landscape artists are an important aspect of the southern Utah culture and art community. They have a long history in the region and are a core element of the SUMA collection. Alongside Starling, SUMA will feature works from the permanent collection by other notable regional artists. The complementary work will include pieces by Jimmie Jones and Maynard Dixon, as well as other well-known artists.
“Kate is reexamining the landscape in a new way, taking the freedom to manipulate and experiment with the scale,” notes Jessica Farling, director/curator of SUMA. “I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to showcase her work.”
“Kate Starling: A Study of Scale” will be on view through July 27, 2019. For more information, please visit https://www.suu.edu/pva/suma/.
About Southern Utah Museum of Art
Southern Utah Museum of Art, on the campus of Southern Utah University, features the artwork of regional artists known for their landscapes, faculty and student artists from the SUU Department of Art & Design, as well as emerging and distinguished artists from around the country. Strengths of the nearly 2,000-object permanent collection include the body of work by Jimmie Jones that exemplifies his notable career in the regions, as well as a robust collection of prints featuring well-known artists such as Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Salvador Dalí, Katsushika Hokusai, Thomas Hart Benton, and others. Part of the Beverley Taylor Sorenson Center for the Arts, which also includes the Utah Shakespeare Festival, SUMA is free and open to the public.