"Relive the Scenic Highways Road Trip" on Display at Gallery East


Exhibit September 6 - 29

Graphic artist John Clark of Ephraim, Utah says, “I love discovery. When I travel, I discover places, people, and stories that surprise me. As I create images that highlight these discoveries, I let my experiences inform me, teach me, and guide my hand.” What he produces are colorful impressions of the nation’s most scenic landmarks. Clark’s colorful posters, created in the style of the depression-era WPA National Parks artwork, will be on display in Gallery East from September 6 – September 29.

Clark treats his discipline as an art form that calls for adequate preparation. He says, “Even though the end product for this art form is commercial, I invest myself in the process of creation by visiting as many places as possible. The atmosphere, colors, and aromas bring nature to life, and become part of the artistic experience. The end result is an image that I hope captures what one not only sees there but feels.” Dutiful research on the subject is the key. “History is often studied to add subtle clues to time and place. Travel is the inspiration, but it also grants access to all who have and will follow the scenic highways to America's wonderlands.”

John Henry Clark graduated from Utah State University with a BFA in graphic design. He is an artist and author with an interest in tourism and automobile history. He and his wife Melissa are the authors of Opening Zion, a book on Zion National Park’s first official tourists. He has also written a series on automobile history in Utah called Motor Tales.

Clark is an award-winning printmaking artist whose work has been displayed in numerous juried art shows. Exhibitions include the 89th Annual Utah Spring Salon in 2013 where he received an award of merit, and the Pictured: Close to Home, Our Own Spectacular National Parks show at the St. George Art Museum in 2016. His passion for tourism history led to the creation of a series of vintage-style, screen printed posters that highlight the golden age of motor travel in America's national parks. John also designed Utah’s newest ski-themed license plate.

The exhibit, Relive the Scenic Highways Road Trip, will be on display through September 29 in Gallery East, in the Central Instruction Building on the USUE campus. An artist’s reception will be held on Friday, September 9, from 6-8 PM.

USU Eastern’s Gallery East is located in the Central Instruction Building and its exhibits are free and open to the public during the academic year from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and closed weekends and holidays.

Contact Noel Carmack, at 435-613-5241, or email noel.carmack@usu.edu for any questions about the exhibit.

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