Maureen O’Hara Ure (Art) presenting in "A World Away" at Phillips Gallery

March 14 2024
"The Middle Ages," mixed media on panel, 18" x 24" "The Middle Ages," mixed media on panel, 18" x 24"

Maureen O’Hara Ure’s (Art) work is on view in an exhibition called “A World Away” from 3/15-4/12 in the Phillips Gallery (444 East 200 South Salt Lake City). Admission is free and the gallery will open Tuesday-Friday from 11am-5pm and Saturday from 11am-4pm. The opening reception is taking place on 3/15 from 6-9pm during Gallery Stroll.

Several of the paintings she’s presenting come from work done as part a University of Utah Faculty Scholarly Research Grant project.

From O’Hara Ure:

For over 20 years, my major projects have all started off with the stimulus of foreign travel. This newest series of paintings at Phillips Gallery, “A World Away”, centers on my experiences the past two years drawing in museums and historical sites in Spain. Returning to my studio, I set about using the raw ideas from the pages of my travel sketchbooks to begin paintings on panel, free to tinker with any historical material I had encountered.

This project was underwritten by a University of Utah Faculty Scholarly Research Grant, which helped fund a first trip sketching in Spain in 2022 (after the pandemic had delayed my travel for 2 years.) I returned last year, and now in the beginning stages of creating an artist’s book from my sketchbooks, have plans to visit again this summer.

I wish to acknowledge help I received from art student Mickayla Koday, who assisted me preparing and documenting panels for this exhibition. She received an award from the University’s Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program and is developing her own ambitious project.