A new art exhibit at the Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art focuses on the impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had on the community.
“I think people will get somewhat of a shared sense of experience from it. We’ve all had to self isolate. It’s interesting to see how different people are self-isolating, and what that sort of looks like for somebody else," Bolton Colburn said.
Colburn is the curator of collections and exhibitions at the museum. ‘The Day After Tomorrow’ exhibit is a way to engage the community in expressing themselves during the pandemic, and also by drawing awareness to important racial issues happening in the country.
“We are involving artists in the community here in Cache Valley on a rotating basis to present projects that they’ve been working on that relate to COVID," he said.
The first artist showcased was photographer Maria Ellen Huebner who displayed her recent front porch project. Her project included portraits of individuals and families on their front porch during the time of Utah’s Stay Home Stay Safe order.
According to Colburn, dozens of other artists will be showcasing their own projects in coming weeks.
“It’s all over the place and that’s one of the things I really love about this exhibit. It’s thematically driven. And there’s no timeline but it involves objects that are set up and everything from ceramics, to photography, to prints, to mixed media works, to paintings," he said.
Colburn said the pieces targeted towards race are simply there to elicit discussion and to make patrons think, instead of telling them how to respond to the situation.
The exhibit also includes an interactive yarn grid where patrons can share their own personal journey and challenges over the last few months.
The exhibit will be on display until December.