One of the pieces on display at Gallery East starting on March 8 will be this rendition of John Wesley Powell's contingent fighting a fire. It will be displayed along with 21 other pieces of art that Dean Fausett did concerning the Powell expedition.
Art Meets History, a Utah Arts Council Traveling Exhibition Program exhibit, will be on view at Gallery East on the College of Eastern Utah campus from March 8 through April 1.
The exhibition features 22 sepia drawings, created by Utah artist and Price native William Dean Fausett, which retrace the historic exploration of the West undertaken by Civil War Major John Wesley Powell in 1869.
Noel Carmack, Gallery East director, says he is pleased to have the work exhibited in Fausett's hometown.
"We rarely have the opportunity to feature the work of a homegrown artist such as Fausett," stated Carmack. "Although many family members and older residents of Price would know of him and his work, this is a chance to introduce his work to a younger generation. We hope that members of the community as well as CEU students will take advantage of this opportunity to see Faucett's illustrative skills."
On May 24 1869, ten men in four boats led by Major John Wesley Powell left Green River, Wyo. to explore one of the last unmapped areas of the United States; the Green and Colorado River systems. On Aug. 30, six men and two boats came out of the canyon and into history. The Powell Expedition has become one of the most important events of exploration in the West. Filled with hardships and peril, the expedition accomplished what was perceived to be impossible.
In 1964, the United States Bureau of Reclamation commissioned Utah artist Dean Fausett to record the pioneer spirit of Maj. Powell and the majestic grandeur of the country he explored. The J. P. Morgan Chase Art Collection donated the 21 sepia drawings to the Utah Arts Council's Fine Art Collection.
William Dean Fausett (1913-98) was born and raised in Price. He studied at Brigham Young University, the Art Students League of New York, and the Beaux Art Institute of Design. He painted award-winning murals in the Washington D.C. Capitol Building and his works are included in numerous collections.
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