The Culture of Sculpture

Eight years ago, Dan Cummings and a small group of sculptors approached the Cultural Celebration Center with a proposal for a sculpture show. Program Director Susan Klinker told them that sounded like a great idea, and if they wanted to do it themselves they could.  So they did. The Face of Utah Sculpture exhibit was born and it gets bigger and better every year.


Darhl Thomas

The show is an invitational, and once you’re invited to be in the show, you have a standing invitation thereafter.  This year’s exhibit will continue through August 29 at the Utah Cultural Celebration Center in the main gallery. The work features both emerging and established artists working in both traditional and contemporary styles in a variety of techniques and forms. The end result is always an exciting and eclectic mix of sculptural excellence produced by the best in Utah.


Brian Christensen

Susan Klinker says, “What I love most about this show is that it is by the artists and for the artists. They artists choose among their peers who they believe should receive an award.” There are five awards: Best of Show Peer Award, People’s Choice Award, UCCC Staff Award, and two Special Recognition Awards. This year the Best of Show Peer Award went to Julie Lucas, and the People’s Choice Award went to Brian Christensen. There aren’t very many shows in Utah exclusively for sculptors. In fact, sculptors in Utah suffer from being “less collectable” than painters. After all, the average home has more wall space then surface area. But that doesn’t make it any less interesting or desirable. Come check out the show. You may not find something for your living room, but you will find something to remember.

The Face of Utah Sculpture exhibit
Cultural Celebration Center
July 12-August 29
Monday through Thursday
9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. or by special arrangement 

While this exhibit isn't part of the official stroll don't forget Friday July 20 is Gallery Stroll 

Laura Durham is assistant editor at 15 Bytes, Utah's Art magazine, and is a contributor for Salt Lake magazine.