A new exhibit at the Natural History Museum of Utah uses art to celebrate the state's geology recorded in ancient dunes and seabeds and the memory of East High School English teacher Cheryl Grubb Funston.
On commission from the Funston family, Salt Lake City painter Mark Knudsen created the landscape triptych depicting three famous Utah formations: Wingate sandstone, Entrada sandstone and Mancos shale. Museum officials on Tuesday hung the three paintings on a wall that visitors pass on their way between the Earth and Sky galleries.
When the project was first proposed, museum Director Sarah George insisted it visually link these two exhibition halls. This required Knudsen, a former Salt Lake Tribune graphic artist, to rethink his original idea of painting just cliff faces.