Utah's Contemporary Visual Artists' and 125 Years of Statehood
The Utah Department of Cultural and Community Engagement and Thrive 125 in partnership with the Utah Division of Arts & Museums commissioned these thirteen artists and creatives to create new or present existing artwork related to the 125-year anniversary of Utah Statehood. The project encouraged artists to consider the 125th anniversary of statehood and all of the people who have shaped Utah during the past 125 years, as well as all the indigenous peoples who lived in the region for thousands of years before statehood. And while it is a celebration for some, it may not be for others. This is a chance to honestly discuss our relationships to each other, to the nation as a whole, and to the land itself.
The Thrive125 project has purchased pieces by Benjamin Zack, Carol Brest van Kempen, Daniel George, and Martha Diaz-Adam and donated them to the State of Utah Alice Merrill Horne Collection as a legacy for this 125 year anniversary.