State Fair prize photography comes to the Park City Library |

State Fair prize photography comes to the Park City Library

Scott Iwasaki

The Park City Library continues to share its love of art with the community with a new traveling exhibit, "Prize Photography from the Utah State Fair."

The 24-piece display, located on the second floor, features a mix of color and black-and-white images taken around the world by photographers from all over Utah, said adult services librarian Jessica Manis.

"This is something the library has done every year," Manis told The Park Record. "We work with the Utah Division Arts and Museums and its Traveling Exhibit Program for this exhibit."

Becca Lael, the library’s community engagement librarian, said this is one of many exhibits that the library hopes to show in the coming years.

"In the old library, we had exhibits come and go and this is a program we would like to see thrive," Lael said. "This one will run through November 9."

After it closes in Park City, the exhibit will move to Moab for a month and then to other institutions around the state, Lael said.

In a statement, Curtis Parker, supervisor of the Utah State Fair Photography Division said the photographs entered into the State Fair serve as inspiration for others to take up photography as a hobby.

"Even if you are not involved in taking pictures, viewing them is an enjoyable pastime," Parker said. "Since digital pictures can be processed in Photoshop, it is amazing to see the quality and versatility of the finished product."

He also said the competition inspired the photographers who entered their works.

"As the doors open to the public, it is a joy to watch their expression when they find a ribbon on their print," he said. "But whether one finds a ribbon or not, the comment I hear most is ‘I’ll be back next year.’"

Art is another part of the Park City Library’s mission to promote literacy.

"Literacy doesn’t mean just reading and technology," Lael explained. "It also involves expressing and viewing culture. Having art exhibits come in helps artists bring their works to the community.

"This is important for the library as a community center," she said. "I also like the placement of the exhibit because, when people are searching for books up here, they can look up and see all of this wonderful photographic art. This space, this walkway, was originally envisioned with these art grids [in mind]. This is just the beginning."

As far as Manis can recall, while the Park City Library has shown Utah Divisino of Arts and Museums traveling exhibits, hasn’t shown a State Fair photo exhibit in the past.

"This is super important for us because we had originally envisioned art rails on every wall you see when they were planning the new library design," Manis explained. "We had envisioned putting up art throughout our entire building and include permanent and rotating exhibits. But we got priced out of that for the grand opening, but the idea is still on the top of our priority list.

"It’s my understanding that the old building featured a number of permanent art pieces," she said. "Those are in storage right now and we are trying to decide how those will also interact with the rotating exhibits in the future."

Manis said art exhibits are another way to get people to visit the library.

"I believe many people in Park City still haven’t seen the new building," she said. "So, we hope this will be one of many reasons to get them in the door to see how wonderful this space is."

Prize Photography from the Utah State Fair will be shown at Park City Library, 1255 Park Ave., through Nov. 9. For more information call Park City Library at 435-615-5600 or go to . For more information about the State Fair photography competition, contact Curtis Parker at 801-293-0674.