Park City Museum Calendar of Events

Upcoming events, galas, functions, and gatherings.

28

Jun

Thomas Cole, founder of the Hudson River School, was an iconic 19th-century artist and a conservational visionary whose ideas on the natural world heralded the sense of American identity that we know today. Wild Land: Thomas Cole and the Birth of American Landscape Painting, takes visitors “into the woods” and through Cole’s studio, revealing the ways in which he, and other artists of his time, pioneered cultural conversations that shaped our national landscape—intellectually, physically, and visually.

From an itinerant portrait artist to the founder of the Hudson River School, how did this landscape artist transform sketches from nature into a new vision of the wilderness? The exhibition also examines how the meaning of nature has changed over time into a source for creative and intellectual inspiration. And just as Cole did, visitors are invited to explore the concept of preservation and how societies come to value and live in balance with natural resources.

Through a combination of large-scale banner graphics, immersive environments, media features, and other interactive elements, Wild Land takes audiences on a journey with Cole through the story of his creative process.

Please click here for upcoming events held in conjunction with this exhibit.

This exhibition has been made possible through NEH on the Road, a special initiative of the National Endowment for the Humanities.  It has been adapted and is being toured by Mid-America Arts Alliance.  Wild Land: Thomas Cole and the Birth of American Landscape Painting was organized by The Thomas Cole National Historic Site/Cedar Grove, Catskill, New York.

25

Sep

Thurs, Sept 25 / 5:30-6:30 at the Park City Museum (528 Main St.)

Held in conjunction with the Park City Museum’s latest traveling exhibit, “Wild Land: Thomas Cole and the Birth of American Landscape Painting.”

Utah is home to some spectacular wilderness areas! Join us to learn more about getting involved in the effort to protect such places as Greater Canyonlands, the San Rafael Swell, Desolation Canyon and other notable jewels of Utah’s redrock country. Dave Pacheco, with SUWA, will give a brief presentation about citizen efforts to conserve Utah’s remaining wild public lands.

Citizens have identified approximately 9.5 million acres that are still in their natural condition and have nominated them to be designated as Wilderness Areas through America’s Redrock Wilderness Act, a bill pending before the U.S. Congress. As Congress discusses and debates this and other legislation, SUWA successfully gives the land a voice by working through administrative and legal channels to keep these lands in their natural condition. SUWA formed 30 years ago and focuses on protecting Bureau of Land Management public lands throughout the state.

Dave Pacheco is SUWA’s Utah Grassroots Organizer, a fifth generation Utahn from Salt Lake City. He’s in his second stint with SUWA, having held similar positions with the organization from 1994-2004, and recently rejoining the full-time staff. His focus is educating and bringing together individuals and groups in support of protecting the remaining wild lands at the heart of the Colorado Plateau. In his own time, Dave prefers hiking, paddling and quiet recreation in the Wasatch and throughout the redrock country of southern Utah.

7

Oct

Tues, October 7 / 5:30-6:30 at the Park City Museum (528 Main Street)

Held in conjunction with the Park City Museum’s latest traveling exhibit, “Wild Land: Thomas Cole and the Birth of American Landscape Painting.”

George Handley will speak about landscape painting and its influence on conservation. He will specifically discuss and give examples of the importance of aesthetic responses to the landscape and how they influence the ways we think about the intrinsic value of land and can lead to conservation practices.   

George Handley is professor of humanities at Brigham Young University and the author of the environmental memoir, “Home Waters: A Year of Recompenses on the Provo River.” He has lectured and written extensively on the relationship between literature, art, spirituality and the natural world.

9

Oct

Enjoy Free Admission to the Park City Museum today! Visit for the first time, revisit your favorite exhibits, or come check out our traveling exhibit, “Wild Land: Thomas Cole and the Birth of American Landscape Painting.”

This Locals Free Day made possible through the generous support of Jill Johnson.

12

Oct

The Park City Museum is celebrating creativity, art, and the landscape with our latest traveling exhibit, “Wild Land: Thomas Cole and the Birth of American Landscape Painting.” Come unleash your inner artist at an event at the Paint Mixer! The Paint Mixer’s instructors guide you, during a two-hour session, in creating a masterpiece of ‘Mountain Lake.’ Music, mingling with fellow painters and optional wine and beer education create a fun and relaxed social setting perfect for discovering one’s inner artist and enjoying a memorable event. The Paint Mixer’s unique form of art entertainment requires no prior art experience or artistic ability. Guests leave The Paint Mixer with their personal masterpiece and memories of a delightful and unique experience. Each guest will receive a complimentary admission to the Park City Museum to explore our latest exhibit, “Wild Land: Thomas Cole and the Birth of American Landscape Painting.” 

The Paint Mixer, located in Park City’s historic Main Street district, and in Salt Lake’s artistic Sugar House neighborhood, is Utah’s premier Paint and Wine Studio. Visit www.thepaintmixer.com for more information and to register for one of these events!

The Park City Museum, located on historic Main Street, will be hosting “Wild Land: Thomas Cole and the Birth of American Landscape Painting” June 28 — October 20. Visit www.parkcityhistory.org for more information

(This exhibithas been made possible by NEH on the Road, a special initiative of the National Endowment for the Humanities. The exhibition was organized by the Thomas Cole National Historic Site/Cedar Grove in Catskill, New York and was adapted and toured by Mid-America Arts Alliance through NEH on the Road.)

14

Oct

Tuesday, October 14 / 5:30-7:00 / McPolin Barn

Join us for a panel discussion about Park City’s open spaces organized by Summit Land Conservancy and moderated by the Park City Museum. Panelists include Conservancy founders Cheryl Fox, Dana Williams and Myles Rademan, local essayist Tom Clyde, local artist Allison Willingham, and representatives from the Park City Day School who worked with the Conservancy during the 2013-2014 school year to explore the importance of local open space.

Residents and visitors alike love the open spaces our beautiful mountain town of Park City offer. The Summit Land Conservancy has been at the forefront of efforts to preserve local open spaces for future generations. Today, the Conservancy protects over 2,600 acres of land on 24 properties and actively works to protect more land annually for the benefit of all Summit County residents, as well as the thousands of annual visitors who come to ski, board, hike, bike and play on the pristine mountainsides that have characterized Park City for decades.

This panel discussion is being held in conjunction with the Park City Museum’s latest traveling exhibit, “Wild Land: Thomas Cole and the Birth of American Landscape Painting.” Thomas Cole was an American painter who derived his creative inspiration from open space around him. His paintings of wilderness changed the way Americans viewed landscape and were inspiration for wilderness artists after him that led to conservation movements in America. Park City shares this legacy and we are excited to discuss this history with the community.

This event will be held at the McPolin Barn. Parking is limited so please consider carpooling, taking the bus, or riding your bike!

Sponsored by Summit Land Conservancy and the Park City Museum, this free event is open to the public but requires an RSVP. Please email education@parkcityhistory.org to reserve your seat now.

16

Oct

Thurs October 16 /7:00 pm

Join us at the Park City Film Series’ screening of “A Fierce Green Fire: The Battle for a Living Planet,” the first big-picture exploration of the environmental movement – grassroots and global activism spanning fifty years from conservation to climate change. Inspired by the book of the same name by Philip Shabecoff and informed by advisors like Edward O. Wilson, A FIERCE GREEN FIRE chronicles the largest movement of the 20th century and one of the keys to the 21st. A FIERCE GREEN FIRE premiered at the Sundance Film Festival 2012.

The screening will be followed by a Q&A via Skype with the Writer and Director of A FIERCE GREEN FIRE, Mark Kitchell.

Presented in partnership with the Park City Museum with support from FiReFilms, Park City Community Foundation and Park City Municipal Corp. This screening is free and open to the public.

For more information about this film: http://www.afiercegreenfire.com and the Park City Film Series http://www.parkcityfilmseries.com/

29

Oct

Wednesday, October 29/5:00-7:30/at Park City Museum

October is the month to renew your membership and plan to attend the annual Dungeon Membership Party.  The Dungeon Party will also be your first opportunity to purchase this year’s ever popular Christmas ornament (you’ll love it!).

Come mingle with your friends and neighbors while enjoying a variety of food and beverages generously provided by Park City restaurants and friends of the museum.

10

Nov

Few animals have conjured the power and symbolic presence of the North American bison.  Come and explore the meaning and the significance of this great North American icon, from the Plains Indian culture of the 1800s  through the commercial and national symbol of the present.

The Bison: American Icon exhibition will be on view at the Park City Museum from November 10th, 2014 – January 7th, 2015. The Bison exhibit will allow visitors to chart the dramatic changes that occurred to the creature and its habitat, and to the people who depended on it for their daily existence. Whether painted on a tipi or an artist’s canvas, minted on a nickel or seen grazing in Yellowstone National Park, the image of the bison stirs deep loyalties to the North American landscape.  The exhibition also illuminates the human response that eventually led to the bison’s preservation as a species and a symbol in the 20th century.

The Bison: American Icon has been made possible by NEH on the Road, a special initiative of the National Endowment for the Humanities. The exhibit was originally developed by the C.M. Russell Museum in Great Falls, Montana, and co-curated by Anne Morand and Dr. Lynne Spriggs.

13

Nov

Thursday, November 13

Enjoy Free Admission to the Park City Museum today! Visit for the first time, revisit your favorite exhibits, or come check out our traveling exhibit, “The Bison: American Icon” that explores the meaning and significance of this iconic creature from the Plains Indian culture of the 1800s through the commercial and national symbol of the present.

27

Dec

Saturday, December 27/ starting 6:00 pm/at Stein Eriksen Lodge

We are excited to announce our annual Silver Queen Ball

Join us for an evening of dinner, dancing, and auction at the Stein Eriksen Lodge. This year’s entertainment will feature The Orchestra, starring former ELO members “Performing ELO Greatest Hits”.

For more information and to purchase tickets please click here.

All proceeds benefit the Park City Museum.