An exhibit featuring the photographs of J. George Midgley (1882-1979) is now on display at the Utah Museum of Fine Arts on the University of Utah campus. It features the historical bromoil photography process that combines photography and lithography. This technique was favored by photographers during the Pictoralist era which extended from about 1895 to 1910.
Spanning more than six decades, the photographs in this exhibit focus on rural scenes in Salt Lake, Cache and Sanpete counties. Midgley preferred to take pictures of everyday landscapes rather than "beauty spots." In later years, Midgley became more abstract as he sought subjects with strong patterns of light and dark.The bromoil process allowed Midgley the freedom to control tonal relationships and pictorial patterns. He felt this left the image more "open to a personal interpretation."
Midgley was self-taught. His choices of subject matter, treatment and method were distinctive. As other photographers moved away from manipulative techniques, he preferred to continue photographing and developing in the "antiquated" process.
The exhibit will continue through Feb. 17. UMFA is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends. For additional information, call 581-7049.
- William Dean Fausett, Utah-born artist, was honored on Nov. 9 at the White House while participating in a briefing for the American Forestry Association. He received an award of merit for his nationally acclaimed contributions to the environment through his paintings and historical research.
The award also commemorated Fausett's determined fight to protect Vermont's 500-year-old sugar maple, "The Spirit of America." This impressive tree is located next to the artist's historic home, built in 1773 by Cephas Kent Sr.
Fausett's painting of the tree and home is included in a group of paintings of historic trees he is now painting as the basis of a national touring exhibition for the Classic Tree Company's efforts in "Global Re-Leaf."
The artist was born in Price, Utah, in 1913. After studying art at BYU, he received training at the Art Students League and at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, before moving to New York and then to Vermont, where he has lived most of his life.
Over the years, he has enjoyed a highly successful career as an award-winning painter, printmaker and teacher. His work is represented in a multitude of well-known museum collections across the country.
When Dwight D. Eisenhower moved to the White House, one of his first requests was to have Fausett's painting "Derby View" hung in his study. New York's Museum of Modern Art loaned the painting to him.
Fausett's older brother, Lynn, is also a prominent American painter.
- Lectures, workshops, classes.
Wednesday, Jan. 23, noon, Salt Lake Art Center, 328-4201 - Art-lunch tour of "A Moving Point of Balance" exhibit conducted by Carleen Jiminez.
Wednesday, Jan. 30, noon, Salt Lake Art Center, 328-4201 - Art-lunch tour "A Moving Point of Balance" exhibit conducted by Julie Epperson.
Thursday, Jan. 31, 8 p.m., Allred Theater, Browning Center, Weber State College, 626-6762 - Free lecture by former poet, critic and visual artist Buzz Spector.