One of my recent excursions now that COVID restrictions have been lifted was an afternoon at the Springville Art Museum. Utah art has deep roots stretching from the Territorial days. I was struck while looking at the collections that I have seen many pieces by the represented artists in homes I have photographed. Today I celebrate the love of art in Utah and how it enriches a home’s environment. 

The opening photo features the entry of Stewart Ranch in Mt. Pleasant and works collected by gallery owner Diane Stewart

A windowless downstairs hallway is memorable. The designers created a gallery for the owners’ art.  Pieces executed in light and neon further brightened an otherwise dark space. Interiors designed by Marion Rockwood; built by Midway Construction; and architecture is by Upwall Design

The homeowner layers his collection with a statement piece over the open fireplace and the view to the next room and another strong piece. 

Every space is an opportunity to enjoy a beautiful creation. A piece formed by lights in the elevator ceiling makes an elevator ride an event. 

I was fascinated by the app that allows the homeowner to select a piece of art for the television when it is not broadcasting programs or allows rotating different pieces of art throughout the day. (K Rocke Interior Design and Think Architecture)

In composing this photograph, I noticed how strongly the photo-realist painting of leather ski boots dominated the photo. The balanced forms and subtle detailing of the kitchen combined for a quiet backdrop, as well. (K Rocke Interior Design and Think Architecture)

Another photo-realism painting, this one of books, makes a strong statement, but unlike the preceding example, it doesn’t become the focal point of the photo. (Interior designer Liz Owens)

This is one of my favorite photographs. The architecture of the concrete wall with impressions left from the wooden forms, the door, antique bench, and the display of painted oars become in its entirety the art. (Gigaplex, Hank Louis, architect)

Upstairs in the same home, this perspective asks the question, what is art and what is nature? The window views are to the forested edge of a lake. The compelling piece above the fireplace draws one to the inglenook seating arrangement. (Gigaplex, Hank Louis, architect)

The wall is the canvas in this home designed by Kristen Rocke.

The dining room becomes experiential art with its saturated colors. (Cody Beale, designer)

The eyes carry it in this living area designed by Beth Ann Shepherd (Dressed Design).

This last photo raises the question in my mind of what makes for great art in the home? Is it something that makes a statement? An unexpected pleasure? (Kathryn Anderson, architect)

I don’t know the answers. I am certain of how much art elevates the experience of being in a home and how fortunate we are to live in an area with so many exceptional artists. 

All photos by Scot Zimmerman

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