Special Exhibit: Block Prints by Everett Ruess

Frontier Homestead, in partnership with the Utah Department of Arts and Museums is pleased to announce a an exhibit of Block Prints created by the young Everett Ruess depicting his travels throughout the western United States in the early 20th century. Running through May 2, the prints included in the exhibition are among those he created during the five years period prior to his disappearance in the Escalante canyons in 1934.

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 Everett Ruess - Courtsey of NPR

Everett Ruess - Courtsey of NPR

A young artist and writer, Ruess roamed throughout the southwestern United States during the early 1930’s. In order to pay tribute to and preserve his memory of the desert and mountains he respected and loved, Ruess recorded his travels in poems, essays, letters, watercolors, sketches, and lino-cut block prints. As his wanderlust became an obsession, Ruess would sell or trade his artwork to help fund his travels. In 1934, at the age of 20, Ruess mysteriously disappeared in the Escalante Canyons, and was never heard from again. Today, Ruess is known as a folk hero and symbol of the wilderness conservation movement.

 Fletcher Booth of the Utah Department of Arts and Museums hanging the exhibit.

Fletcher Booth of the Utah Department of Arts and Museums hanging the exhibit.

The Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance and Utah Arts & Museums have combined efforts to restore the original lino-cuts in this collection. These specific images chronicle his travels along the California coast, high in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, and among the deserts and canyons of Utah and Arizona.

" The mission of Frontier Homestead State Park is to connect people to traditions, knowledge, and ideas," said museum curator, Ryan Paul. "The block prints of Everett Ruess show his connection to the landscape that he dearly loved and that would eventually become his final resting place. We hope that this exhibit will create conversation and inspire others to artistically represent themselves and the beauty that surrounds them." In an effort to celebrate the life and work of Everett Ruess we will be dedicating the next few blog posts to telling his story.

Frontier Homestead State Park partners  with artists and organizations from around Utah and neighboring states in an effort to showcase their work. For more information about our special exhibit space and our 2018 schedule visit: https://frontierhomestead.org/special-exhibits/