Alumnus’ work featured in gallery


My images and subjects are interpretations of how I view my culture
Posted Wednesday, February 29, 2012 - 7:14pm

Price—Montezuma Creek artist and College of Eastern Utah alumni, Gilmore Scott is doing what he knows and loves. With a skillful hand and brush, he paints the beauty of the sacred lands and beings that inhabit his homeland. His bold, colorful paintings are reflection of the people and places that inspire him.

“My palette of colors are strong, bold and simple,” says Scott. “My images and subjects are interpretations of how I view my culture, my Dine (Navajo) heritage.” Scott incorporates sacred motifs that are part of this native heritage. “My subjects,” he says, “are the high Southwestern landscapes, traditional basket, our traditional homes known as ‘hogans.’ I also like to paint geometric designs that our Dine rug weavers are known for.

I have also incorporated the open vistas of the plains and landscapes. These are just a few subjects which inspire my imagination.”

Scott’s paintings are featured in an exhibit at USU Eastern’s Gallery East. The Colors of Beauty: The Paintings of Gilmore Scott is on exhibit at Gallery East from Feb. 23 through March 15, 2012.

Scott studied art at the College of Eastern Utah and Utah State University. Just short of earning his degree, Scott began working as a wildland firefighter. After nine years with the U. S. Forest Service, Scott has returned to what he loves—his artwork.

Scott has won numerous awards for his paintings, including: first place for painting at the 2010 Mesa Verde Indian Art Market, Judges Choice Award for watercolor at the 18th Southwest Indian Art Fair, Arizona State Museum in Tucson, and first place for water based paint at the 25th Anniversary Red Earth Festival in Oklahoma City, Okla.

A reception and gallery talk will be held on Friday, March 16 from 7-9 p.m. at Gallery East. Students, faculty, and interested visitors are welcome to attend.

Gallery East is open Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The gallery is closed Fridays, weekends, and holidays. The exhibit is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact the gallery at: 435-613-5327; or contact Carmack at: 435-613-5241 or [email protected]

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