Night and Day: Karen Horne Paints the Changing Light of Salt Lake City

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Night and Day
Karen Horne paints the changing light of Salt Lake City
Reception: Thu, Jun 26, 6–7:30pm
Utah Arts Festival Workshops: Jun 28–29, 1–3pm

For many years I have been exploring the vitality of our city in my artwork. I’ve depicted the light effects on classic landmarks such as the Capitol Theater, Tower Theatre and the City County building. Other familiar subjects have included Main Street, TRAX, Temple Square, and a diverse array of local restaurants. I’ve been fortunate to receive the 2013 Mayor’s Visual Artist Award for this work.

An annual spectacle that I’ve found especially compelling is the Utah Arts Festival. I love capturing the crowds at various times of day—in glancing sunlight, the long shadows of late afternoon, and in the mysterious glows and pulsating rhythms of night. I love the unexpected visual harmonies in the ever shifting people—the colors of shirts that connect or clash against the festive white booths and the iconic backdrop of the City County Building.

I am fascinated by movement, and see the urban landscape not just as architecture, but as a kind of theater set where people gather.

Karen Horne was born in New York City and grew up in California and Utah. The great-granddaughter of “First Lady of the Arts” Alice Merrill Horne, and daughter of landscape artist Phyllis Horne, she grew up surrounded by paintings. She enrolled at Yale as a pre-med, but after falling in love with color and figure drawing, changed her major to art. She received her MFA in Painting from Indiana U. After living for 11 years in Manhattan, she returned to Salt Lake City in 1996. In 2003, she and her husband founded the downtown gallery/studio, HORNE FINE ART.

Karen Horne has been fortunate to receive numerous awards, including the 2013 Mayor’s Visual Artist Award for this ongoing series celebrating Salt Lake City. Other awards have included the 2004 Visual Arts Fellowship, and a major prize at the National Academy of Design’s Annual Exhibition in New York. In 2002, she was named one of Utah’s 100 Most Honored Artists by the Cultural Olympiad committee. Her paintings are featured in many public, corporate, and private collections such as the Springville Museum, American Express, Salt Lake County Collection and the State of Utah.

Creating Color Worlds
A Utah Arts Festival Visual Art Workshop by Karen Horne
Jun 28–29, 1–3pm, Special Collections (Level 4)

Explore the magic of color! We’ll observe how colors influence each other and learn principles for creating “color worlds.” By studying paintings by Monet, as well as Karen Horne’s Night and Day exhibition in the nearby Gallery at Library Square, we will develop atmospheric palettes for different times of day. Each student will receive a set of 36 NuPastels, and pastel paper will be provided. Materials Fee: $35

For further information on this and other Utah Arts Festival workshops, visit

Location: Main Library, Gallery at Library Square

Contact Information: 801-524-8200