The Center for Business, Education and the Arts (CEBA) is partnering with Kane County Hospital to present patients and the community with a series of public art exhibits. The first exhibit is entitled “Historic Photographs of Zion National Park” and available for viewing at the hospital for one month beginning the afternoon of January 20.

“In 1909, well before being declared a national park by Congress, President Howard Taft designated Zion Canyon as a national monument,” explained Ed Meyer, chairman of CEBA’s Cultural Arts Committee. “In honor of the centennial of this event, librarians at Southern Utah University’s Gerald R. Sherratt Library searched their Special Collections and found 23 images which have been enlarged and enhanced into a marvelous exhibit representing the history of people and events in Springdale and Zion Park over the past century.”

Photographers represented include Homer Jones, William Louis Crawford, and George Croft. Other images are from the collections of Henry W. Lunt, William R. Palmer, and the Dixie National Forest. Subjects include a 1928 Narrows hike by five BAC professors, the CCC-built amphitheater, Zion Easter Pageant, Zion-Mt. Carmel Tunnel, trails and scenic views in the park, Zion Lodge and swimming pool, the cable works, and opening day at Zion in 1920.

The exhibit was developed by art professor Jeremias Paul, Braithwaite Gallery curator Reece Summers, and librarians Paula Mitchell and Janet Seegmiller.

CEBA chose the Kane County Hospital for this exhibit and several others in future months for three reasons.

First, the hospital and clinic are gathering places for individuals from throughout the community who may or may not be exposed to the arts. By placing art in public places, many people can learn to enjoy images they may have never seen in their normal course of life.

Secondly, those who are dealing with medical issues can find solace, if only for a few moments, by escaping the world for a moment to enjoy art.

Finally, the hospital offers a wonderful venue where even those with physical disabilities can view collections of art.

“Historic Photographs of Zion National Park” is possible due to a generous grant from Southern Utah University’s Office of Regional Services and is available free of charge.