In celebration of the 30th anniversary of the opening of the St. George Art Museum, officials were set to feature two documentary films and complete a new mural inspired by those films along the museum’s wall on Tuesday.
The mural, the work of two artists featured in one of the two films from the 2020 DOCUTAH International Documentary Film Festival, will create and reveal a new mural inspired by those films, “Alice Street” and “Prophets, Teachers & Kings.”
From 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., the two film screenings and other activities were free and open to the public. More information is available online at https://www.sgcity.org/artmuseum/.
“We invite everyone to take part in this celebration of art, culture and community on this special anniversary,” Gary Sanders, Manager and Curator of the St. George Art Museum, said in a written statement. “This is a great time to view some wonderful works of art — in addition to a rare opportunity to see our outer wall transformed into a beautiful mural.”
This project was funded in partnership with the City of St. George and the nonprofit Art Around the Corner Foundation.
“This mural is intended to remind us that with understanding and a look toward its future, St. George will continue to be a vibrant and welcoming place for all to enjoy,” said Marianne Hamilton, Board Chair of the Art Around the Corner Foundation. “We are honored to partner with DOCUTAH and the City of St. George on this project and enormously grateful to these fantastic artists who will share their unique talents with us.”
“DOCUTAH presents film in what we feel is its most authentic form — that which tells the real story of the human race,” said Phil Tuckett, Founder and Director of DOCUTAH. “To bring great urban artists to Southern Utah to enhance the St. George Museum with such a beautiful and hopeful painting is how we see all the arts intersecting to bring joy and meaning to the world. We hope it will bring an understanding to our community and beyond of how art in all its forms can transform lives and bring people of different backgrounds together.”
As chronicled in “Alice Street,” Desi and Peskador are Oakland-based artists who form an unlikely partnership to tackle their most ambitious project to date, a four-story mural in the heart of downtown Oakland.
In “Prophets, Teachers and Kings”, an inside glimpse at the dark and sometimes violent world of one of Los Angeles’s oldest graffiti crews — UTI (Under The Influence) — artists Skill and Fear recount their 35-year rise from juvenile delinquency to urban art infamy. Both films are slated to be screened during the 2020 DOCUTAH Festival, which was recently rescheduled to March 1-6, 2021.
The anniversary celebration will be highlighted by an auction of works by local artists, who have donated their creations. The event includes free refreshments and special exhibits throughout the day. As always, attendance at the Art Museum is free.
About the St. George Art Museum
With over 500 pieces in the permanent collection, the St. George Art Museum is part of the Pioneer Center for the Arts complex. Located at 47 East 200 North across from the Main Street U.S. Post Office in historic downtown St. George, the former sugar beet seed storage facility was transformed into a showcase for art in 1997.
About DSU DOCUTAH International Documentary Film Festival
DSU DOCUTAH International Documentary Film Festival celebrates the art of documentary filmmaking. The 2020 Festival has been postponed until March 1-6, 2021 due to COVID-19 restrictions, but will still include all 67 films, special events and DOCTalk sessions. The Festival, which is part of Dixie State University, gives students in its Film degree program the opportunity to interact with professionals in the discipline.
About Art Around the Corner
The Art Around the Corner Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to “supporting the arts, enriching the community, and bringing fine art to the heart of historic St. George”. The Foundation’s flagship project is its Outdoor Sculpture Gallery, a collection of sculptures from nationally renowned artists. The show changes each spring, with approximately two dozen pieces installed annually.
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