On April 28, Governor and Mrs. Cox celebrated living artists whose works were selected for display at the Governor’s Mansion. Artists and their families were invited to an evening event at the Mansion for a guided tour and artwork reveal. As the tour moved through the Mansion, each artist was given the opportunity to speak directly about their specific work on display at the Mansion, as well as their artistic process in general.
In his opening remarks, the Governor spoke about his connection to artwork. He admitted that growing up on a farm, there wasn’t much of a connection. However, meeting the artists and hearing their stories provided context for the pieces hanging in the Mansion, making them all the more meaningful to the Cox family.
The Mansion has had a long-standing tradition of displaying historically notable pieces from the Alice Merrill Horne Art Collection. While there are still many historically significant pieces there, Mrs. Cox selected works from artists that reflect a more complete picture of Utah, showing that contemporary art and artists have a place in Utah’s official state residence and can be displayed harmoniously among our artworks from the past.