Home / Art

Sweeping Beauty of Zion National Park Honored in Landscape Art Exhibition

National Park Art

“The Afternoon Spotlight” by Michelle Condrat

Nature is a muse for many artists, and Zion National Park in southern Utah is brimming with inspiring sights. From the sweeping red canyons to the sandy washes, the park is an incredible place to visit. Its beauty is the inspiration behind an annual exhibition hosted by Zion National Park and its non-profit partner Zion National Park Forever Project. Titled Zion: A Legacy of Art, the invitational show features 20 artists who each have their own way of capturing the essence of these precious lands.

The landscape paintings showcase the red rock at different vantage points. Some artists choose to depict the towering formations as they overlook trees and the Virgin River that runs through the park. Other creatives have brought our view to the ground and painted a more detailed look at the bushes and trees you’ll encounter during your visit.

The exhibition is one way in which the park is cared for. “The Zion: A Legacy of Art event provides an opportunity for visitors to appreciate the beauty of Zion in new ways through the impressions of these talented artists. Their work continues to enhance our perpetual stewardship of this wonderful sanctuary we recognize as Zion National Park,” says Jeff Bradybaugh, superintendent, Zion National Park.

In addition to being a celebration of the park, the event is also a fundraiser. Proceeds from the sales of artwork benefit programs focused on education and inspiring the next generation of stewardship.

“We continue to celebrate the importance of original art in the history of Zion with an annual park art event. The artists featured in this year’s exhibit carry on the awesome tradition begun by such iconic artists as Thomas Moran and Frederick Dellenbaugh who first exposed this landscape to the American public through their paintings. Today artists, collectors, donors, sponsors, and visitors continue that legacy of preserving the wonder that is Zion National Park for future generations and enhancing the experience of everyone who comes here.” explains Lyman Hafen, the executive director of Zion National Park Forever Project.

Zion: A Legacy of Art is running through November 6, 2021. Check out some of the highlights from the exhibition below. You can view the entire show online through the Zion National Park Forever Project website, and you can learn more about the artists, view art videos, demonstrations, and more through @zionforeverproject on Instagram.

An exhibition titled Zion: A Legacy of Art showcases the incredible beauty of Zion National Park in southern Utah.

National Park Art

“Late Afternoon Patriarchs” by Hadley Rampton

It features the work of 20 artists and is a fundraiser for the park that benefits programs focused on education and more.

National Park Art

“Cave Valley Clouds” by Kate Starling

Landscape Painting of Zion National Park

“Emerald Pools” by Bryan Mark Taylor

National Park Art

“Midday Majesty” by Susiehyer

National Park Art

“The Pulpit” by Roland Lee

National Park Art

“High Noon Kane County” by Lorenzo Chavez

Landscape Painting of Zion National Park

“Change” by Dave Santillanes

Landscape Painting of Zion National Park

“Replenish” by Doug Braithwaite

National Park Art

“Colors of Zion” by Jim Wodark

National Park Art

“Morning Temple in Zion” by John Cogan

Landscape Painting of Zion National Park

“The Gates to Zion” by Bruce Gomez

Zion National Park: Website | Facebook | Instagram
Zion National Park Forever Project: Website | Instagram | Facebook

My Modern Met granted permission to feature photos by the Zion National Park Forever Project.

Related Articles:

Oldest Living Ranger in the National Park Service Celebrates Her 100th Birthday

20+ National Park Portraits Celebrating the Rainbow-Colored Lands of the U.S.

Colorful 225-Million-Year-Old Fossils Are Just One Highlight of This Stunning National Park

Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met, Manager of My Modern Met Store, and co-host of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.
Become a
My Modern Met Member
As a member, you'll join us in our effort to support the arts.

Sponsored Content