Magazine article Sunset

Small Town, Big Dreams

Magazine article Sunset

Small Town, Big Dreams

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Springville, Utah, is Art City

Crossing the western plains in 1848, pioneer Philo Dibble had a dream: that wherever he settled, he'd create a haven for art. Dibble landed in Springville, Utah. And today, when you visit this appealing little town in the shadow of the Wasatch Range south of Salt Lake City, you see his dream realized in galleries and street art, an elegant museum celebrating its centennial with an expansive new wing, and this month, an international dance festival and a concert series.

Art from Utah-and the U.S.S.R.

"We're nicknamed Art City," says Vern G. Swanson, director of the Springville Museum of Art. "We spend more on art and related programs per person than any other city in Utah."

The biggest bucks go to the museum, a handsome Spanish colonial revival-style building completed by the Works Progress Administration in 1937. (The original art collection, begun in 1903, started in the town's high school.) Inside, arched doorways lead to the new $4.2 million George S. & Delores D. Eccles Foundation Wing, showcasing works by bronze sculptor Cyrus E. …

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