Tooele Applied Technology College is bringing art to town.
“Early Utah Masterpieces,” a collection of 26 prints of historically significant paintings from the Utah State Fine Arts Collection, has been on display in the TATC second floor lobby since Feb. 25. The last day of the exhibit is March 26.
“Although we are a technical college, we still have an appreciation for the arts,” said Scott Snelson, TATC campus president.
The display was brought to Tooele by TATC and the Tooele County Alliance for Education, Employment, and Economic Development. It is part of the Utah Division of Arts and Museums’ traveling exhibition program.
“We understand there are limited places in Tooele County to display artwork like this, and thought it would be a nice way to show our appreciation to the people of Tooele County to host this art show for them,” Snelson said.
The collection on display at TATC are giclee reproductions. They are produced by making a high-resolution scan of the original artwork and then using professional ink-jet printers to print the artwork onto canvas.
The TATC display includes a reproduction of an 1898 painting of Black Rock by J.T. Harward. It was the first painting acquired by the Utah Arts Institute after the institute was founded and funded by the state legislature in 1899.
The collection also includes “Jordan River,” painted in 1909 by Lorus Platt. It depicts a woman on a meandering path that follows the Jordan River as it wanders through pastoral western Salt Lake City.
Another painting in the collection is Irene Fletcher’s undated “Skating Party,” which invokes the impressionist style of Renoir with the use of color and brush strokes to give a playful feeling to a winter scene of ice skating on a frozen pond.
Viewers of the display at TATC can also see “North State Street,” by Dan Weggeland. Painted in 1888, it provides a snapshot like recollection of the early landscape of downtown Salt Lake City.
TATC plans to apply annually to host the traveling art show. There are currently over 1,300 paintings in the state’s art collection.
The “Early Utah Masterpieces” is not the only art collection on display at TATC.
“When we were planning our new building, we realized early on that we would have a lot of wall space to fill up with something,” said Ellen Lange-Christenson, TATC vice-president of student services. “We decided the TATC would be a great place to display the talent of local artists.”
Currently the public can view the work of local artist and teacher Rowe Harrison and a collection of local minerals provided by the Tooele Gem and Mineral Society.
Other artwork is in the process of being prepared for display at the TATC, said Lange-Christenson.
Life is not complete without art, according to Ed Dalton, president of the Tooele County Alliance for Education, Employment and Economic Development.
“We can talk about science, technology, employment and economic development, but a community needs the arts to enhance and enrich their well being,” he said.
“Early Utah Masterpieces” will be on display at TATC at 88 S. Tooele Blvd. until March 26. The school is open Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and on Fridays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
A public art reception will be held on March 13 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.