Utah's commitment to the arts over the years has been well documented. From Pioneer days to the present, the Beehive State has fostered participation in the arts - by performers, audiences and contributors.
Dance, music and theater and the visual and literary arts have all focused international acclaim on Utah and its artists.Every year for the past decade, the Salt Lake Area Chamber of Commerce has selected five leaders in the performing arts community, benefactors, individuals and corporations - as recipients of its "Honors in the Arts" program.
These are the people and firms who have championed the arts in Utah. To date, 53 honorees have portraits hanging in the sixth floor foyer of the chamber's offices at 175 E. Fourth South.
Five more will be honored on Wednesday, April 17, during a reception and dinner at Symphony Hall.
They are philantropist Berenice Jewett Bradshaw, director/playwright Pat Davis, dancer and choreographer Loabelle Mangelson-Clawson, Pioneer Theatre Company Artistic Director Charles Morey, and - representing the corporate segment of the community - L.A. Gyorfi, refinery manager for Chevron USA Inc.
In addition to the program honoring the 1991 recipients, Richard T. Hazel, director of business development for the chamber, announced that duplicate portraits of those now hanging at the chamber offices will become part of a new permanent collection in both hallways on the main floor and second tier of Symphony Hall.
These portraits will be unveiled on Wednesday evening.
Hazel noted that, due to the additional costs of hanging the 53 portraits of those honored since 1981, two major Salt Lake corporationshave contributed considerably to this one-time additional expense - Blue Cross-Blue Shield of Utah and the Questar Corp., along with helpful in-kind donations from Don Busath Photography, Allotech and Felt Electric.
Additional lighting has been installed in the Symphony Hall hallways to illuminate the portraits.
Hazel added that some poses of honorees in Symphony Hall may vary slightly from those at Busath shot several different poses and some recipients have expressed a desire to have different portraits displayed at Symphony Hall.
- BERENICE JEWETT BRADSHAW has helped Utah arts organizations significantly. She holds an honorary doctor of humanities degree from Westminster College - a campus recently graced with the addition of the new Jewett Center for the Arts and Humanities, thanks to a $2 million gift to her alma mater. Ballet West, the Utah Opera Company and the Willam F. Christensen Foundation are among organizations that have been aided by her contributions.
- PAT DAVIS, coordinator of the Salt Lake Community Arts Center for Salt Lake Community College, has distinguished herself as one of Utah's most versatile and talented artists. Actress, singer, entertainer, playwright and director, she has long been involved on a high-profile basis in the Utah arts scene, from artistic director at Promised Valley Playhouse in the mid 1970s to the mid-'80s, to performing the title roles in "Hello, Dolly!" and "Mame." She's also written lyrics to nine musicals, all of which have premiered in Utah and some of which have been performed throughout the world.
- LOABELLE MANGELSON-CLAWSON was one of eight charter members of the Repertory Dance Theatre at the University of Utah (1966) and founder of the U.'s Performing Danscompany (1978), of which she was artistic director until 1989. As a dancer, teacher and choreographer for more than 40 years, she has been a founding member and/
or artist of every major dance company in the Salt Lake area. She has also choreographed more than 50 major dances, which have been performed nationwide and throughout the world.
- CHARLES MOREY has been artistic director of Pioneer Theatre Company at the University of Utah since 1984. In less than six years, he has developed PTC into one of the nation's premier regional theaters, receiving both local and national acclaim.
Morey has directed numerous productions for PTC, including his own adaptations of "Dracula" and "The Three Musketeers," both of which received national attention. He has brought Broadway-caliber live theater to Utah and enhanced the state's image as a leading performing arts center in America.
- CHEVRON U.S.A. INC., and its Salt Lake refinery operation, which employs more than 600 people in Utah, has been nominated by the Salt Lake Acting Company for the National Business in the Arts Award for its outstanding efforts in Utah.
Directed by refinery manager L.A. Gyorfi, Chevron has a long tradition of supporting the arts in Utah. Ballet West, the Utah Symphony, Pioneer Theatre Company and Salt Lake Acting Company are just a few of the Utah arts organizaitons that have benefitted from Chevron's corporate citizenship.