In 1939, Salt Lake Tribune reporter Grace Grether described Alice Merrill Horne as the “The First Lady in Utah Art.” “Of hundreds who pause to admire her,” Grether wrote, “there may be some who would not recognize her face, but probably not one would fail to know her name and what it stands for in the development of Utah art and artists.”1 Horne's reputation was exceptional in mid-twentieth-century Utah. According to Grether, almost any of the newspaper's readers and any visitors to the upcoming exhibition at the ZCMI Tiffin Room would recognize not only Horne's name but her professional contributions to the arts. At this time Utah women were not known for their careers. Although many women in Utah worked, messages both secular and religious instructed them to stay at home and be mothers. When they did work, their efforts were often invisible. Few women matched the public prominence...
The Power of Paint: Working Women in Utah's Art World, 1935–1955
EMILY LARSEN is a Utah-based curator and artist. She is the director of the Springville Museum of Art, where she has worked in a variety of positions since 2014. She is passionate about Utah's art history and loves working with local artists. Her research and writing focus on Utah artists and the Utah art scene in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. She has a master of arts in United States History from the University of Utah and is working with Dr. Heather Belnap on a book tentatively titled Artistic Frontiers: Women and the Making of the Utah Art Scene, 1880–1950.
Emily Larsen; The Power of Paint: Working Women in Utah's Art World, 1935–1955. Utah Historical Quarterly 1 October 2023; 91 (4): 269–283. doi: https://doi.org/10.5406/26428652.91.4.02
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