Utah State University curates ‘Everett Ruess Block Prints’
Art exhibits • Conservationist folk hero’s little-known lino-cut block prints get a show of their own.
Published: March 26, 2012 08:48AM
Updated: March 26, 2012 08:48AM
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The lino-cut block prints of Everett Ruess will be on special exhibition March 30-April 29 at Utah State University's Merrill-Cazier Library in Logan. (AP Photo/Beecher Films,Dorothea Lange)

The many letters, poems, sketches and other art work Everett Ruess left behind before his mysterious 1934 disappearance near Escalante serve as a reminder that no one need mourn that fact that his remains remain undiscovered.

The much heralded, then discredited, 2009 discovery of bones and other artifacts purported to belong to Ruess served more as a distraction to his legacy than an addition.

“Everett Ruess Block Prints,” a collection of earthy, inspirational lino-cut block prints will be on display at Utah State University’s Merrill-Cazier Library as a reminder of the young man’s talents, as well as his folk hero legacy among conservationists. In them you’ll see a visual record of all the paths he beat along the California coast, the red-rock country of Utah and Arizona and the Sierra Nevada Mountains.

The restoration of these unique prints is a joint effort between Utah Arts & Museums and the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance. All were created over a five-year period before he disappeared somewhere deep inside the Escalante canyons at the age of 20.

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‘Everett Ruess Block Prints’

When • March 30-April 29. Library hours are Monday-Thursday, 7 a.m.-midnight; Friday, 7 a.m.-7 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sunday, noon-midnight.

Where • Atrium Gallery at Merrill-Cazier Library on Utah State University campus, 3000 Old Main Hill, Logan.

Info • Free. Call 801-236-7555 or 435-797-2678 or visit www.artsandmuseums.utah.gov for more information.