By Brigham Young University
Jun 04, 2016

BYU Museum of Art—Parks and Scouting

BYU Museum Arches

Inspired by the 100th anniversary of the U.S. National Parks Service

Many of us have visited the wonderful national parks that abound in this part of the country. But do we know how they came to be? Are we aware of how artists helped shape their history? Inspired by the 100th anniversary of the U.S. National Parks Service in 2016, the BYU Museum of Art is excited to present Capturing the Canyons: Artists in the National Parks. The museum has created special programming just for our Scouts!

National Parks Featured in the Exhibit

BYU Museum Intro

Enter here for Adventure

On display through August 20, 2016, this exhibition celebrates the dynamic relationship between artists and National Park sites. It highlights national parks in Utah and surrounding states—Arches, Bryce Canyon, Canyonlands, Capitol Reef, Zion, Grand Canyon, Yellowstone, and Yosemite. For over a century, these incredible landscapes have inspired artists to create images that documented the landscape, captured history and helped shape the identities of the national parks in the minds of the public.

Through Artists’ Eyes

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National Parks through the eyes of many artists

The exhibition features a diverse and rich array of artistic media. This includes paintings, prints, photographs, and book illustrations. “Each work reveals a different interpretation of the landscape based on the unique perspective of the beholder,” says Museum Educator Lynda Palma.



Show Your Scouts our National Parks

The BYU Museum of Art invites you and your Scouts to join us in the Capturing the Canyons galleries. Experience a wide range of programs and tours that align with specific BSA merit badge requirements. If you have visited or plan to visit one of these natural marvels, bring your troop for a learning experience. For boys working on the Art Merit Badge, this exhibit provides a particularly relevant way to fulfill the requirement to “visit a museum, art exhibit, art gallery, artists’ co-op, or artist’s workshop. Find out about the art displayed or created there. Discuss what you learn with your counselor.” We’ll share more information about this exhibit in upcoming blog posts!

Please enjoy reading more about the exhibition and related programming at

Ashlee Whitaker Author: Ashlee Whitaker | Curator, BYU Museum of Art

BYU Museum of Art

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