Between Life and Land: Identity
In our newest exhibition, Between Life and Land: Identity, artists explore ways in which land is intertwined with how we build our cultural, political, and national identities. Kimball Art Center presents contemporary artwork from 15 different artists. From Jerrin Wagstaff’s colorful oil paintings to sculptures by Wendy Red Star and Adam Bateman this work highlights historical landscapes, how human perspectives influence a landscape and our relationship to land. Each artist examines the ideas (and the misconceptions) that continue to influence our relationship to land by referencing elements from natural landscapes. These artists use sculptures, paintings, installations, drawings and photographs to communicate their ideas. Local youth student artworks are showcased alongside this exhibit also inspired by the theme - our relationship to land.
In this tour, students will take a closer look at contemporary art from the exhibit that depicts landscapes of Utah, and reflect on U.S. history (19th Century Westward Expansion). Together, we will discuss natural and man-made changes to the landscape and how artists have used the landscape as a backdrop for storytelling. Expect open conversations about community, culture, our roles and responsibilities, the physical geography of Utah and current global issues. Finally, students will take inspiration from these ideas and create their own artwork related to our relationship to land.
K-1st grade project:
Create a landscape painting on a postcard.
2nd-5th grade project:
Build a 3D sculpture exploring cartography.
6th-8th grade project:
Design a wearable button to advocate for the environment.
9th-12th grade project:
Create a complex collage reflecting on identity.