Art Gone Wild
Sculptures by Heidi Uotila
In Celebration of the Phoenix Zoo's 50th Anniversary
Through March 10, 2013
Terminal 4, Level 2 (Center, 2 cases)
Animal artist, Heidi Uotila has been sculpting for more than three decades. Inspiration for her art has taken her to the Alaskan wilderness, on an African safari and to zoos across the country. Seeing animals in real life gives her a better understanding of how to depict them.
Heidi hand-sculpts her creations from stoneware clay or wax. Her stoneware sculptures are fired in a kiln and then meticulously hand-painted with oil paints. Working with a foundry, a mold is made from her wax sculpture and used to cast it in bronze. She then applies various patinas or finishes to create the colors. Uotila’s love of her subject matter shows her passion for Art Gone Wild.
Photo credit: Heidi Uotila, Reticulated Giraffe, © 2005, stoneware clay, oil paint, 18 x 14.5 x 15”
A Grand Collection: Artworks from the collections of the Grand Canyon Association and the National Parks System
Terminal 4, Level 3, Gallery
June 16, 2012 thru January 19, 2013
Arizona’s most famous natural wonder, the Grand Canyon has been capturing the imagination and inspiring artists since the 19th century. Through early paintings and photographs, the public became aware of the incredible natural beauty of the country. Thomas Moran’s paintings directly influenced the establishment of our National Park system, first with Yellowstone in 1872 and later the Grand Canyon in 1919. Today, contemporary artists continue the tradition of bringing awareness of the Canyon’s grandeur through their artwork, helping to preserve it for future generations.
The National Park Service became the guardians of important artworks as a means to educate and promote the country’s natural sites. Accumulated through donation over the years, the Grand Canyon National Park’s art collection continues to grow with their Artist-in-Residence program. Their support group, the Grand Canyon Association also has established an art collection. Acquired with purchase awards and by donation, the collection has become a tool for education and preservation.
Featuring artwork from the early 20th century through today, this exhibition is a sample of the broad scope of style and media that makes up the holdings of Grand Canyon National Park and Grand Canyon Association. Both art collections serve as a promotion or cultural advocate for the Canyon. It is this grand vision that has created A Grand Collection.
Photo credit: Bonnie Gibson, Masters of the Canyon Skies, © 2009, carved, painted gourd, 11 x 13.5” diam., Courtesy of Grand Canyon National Park
A Grand Ride: Photographs by Tom Brownold
Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport
Terminal 4, Level 3, Center Wall South
June 16, 2012 – February 10, 2013
For more than one hundred years, mules have carried people and supplies up and down the steep trails of the Grand Canyon. These sure-footed creatures have been instrumental in the construction and maintenance of the South Rim water pipeline, the trail system, and Phantom Ranch. Instead of hiking it, visitors can still ride mules into the canyon just as the first tourists did in the 1800s. After descending through layers of rock that represent almost two billion years of the earth’s history the “dudes” astride mules reach Phantom Ranch, where they can finally dismount from their Grand Ride.
“I am always looking for interesting images...I thought that photographing the mules and the livery operation based on the South Rim would be a great means of getting to know about the mules, the guides and the support crew that make it work. After a year of twice-monthly trips to visit the historic mule barns, I have come away with a body of work that hints of the past and is of the present.”
Photo credit: Images from the book, The Grandest Ride by Tom Brownold, published by Rio Nuevo with text by Brad Dimock. Tom Brownold, Switchback, © 2009, photograph
Find out more about the exhibition from Tom Brownold during his radio interview on "Air Time with Phoenix Sky Harbor."