Dixie State University hosts 30th annual Sears Dixie Invitational Art Show & Sale

Dixie State University’s 30th Annual Robert N. & Peggy Sears Dixie Invitational Art Show & Sale, recognized as one of the biggest art events in the state of Utah, kicks off with a triad of activities on Feb. 17.

The event will open at 3 p.m. with a free artist symposium presented by the show’s 2016 Purchase Prize Winner, Arlene Braithwaite, who won the award last year for her pastel “Canyon Dawn,” which is now part of the DSU Permanent Art Collection. Then at 4 p.m., the gallery will open for a preview of the art show. The free event offers attendees the opportunity to be the first to view the art available through the show this year.

The exhibit’s opening gala will be the highlight of the evening at 6 p.m. The formal dinner will feature live music and honor two 30-year award recipients. Tickets for the black-tie-optional event are $75 per person. All events are in the Sears Art Museum Gallery in the Dolores Doré Eccles Fine Arts Center on the Dixie State University campus.

The show and sale was conceived as a way to fund the preservation of the art on the Dixie State campus.

“It is our only fundraiser,” Kathy Cieslewicz, curator for the Sears Art Museum Gallery, said. “All of the proceeds from our other shows and events go directly to the artists.”

The 30th Annual Robert N. & Peggy Sears Dixie Invitational Art Show features 250 pieces of art from approximately 100 invited artists and includes everything from landscapes and contemporary pieces to sculptures. The exhibit will be on display through March 26 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and 2 to 6 p.m. on Sundays.

The show also serves as a key starting point for many of the featured exhibitors.

“Many artists get their first leg up in the art world here,” Cieslewicz said. “A lot of artists go on from this show to become nationally known.”

For more information or to reserve tickets for the 30th Annual Robert N. & Peggy Sears Dixie Invitational Art Show & Sale, please call 435-652-7903 or visit searsart.com.