Between the years 1847 and 1868, 70,000 people crossed the plains to Utah. Among those who traveled were artists who walked every step and experienced every hardship along the trail. Unlike modern artists who create artwork based on stories or journal entries, these artists were able to capture the pioneer experience in a way that no one will ever be able to again—through their own firsthand experiences. This exhibit features artwork from pioneer painters C. C. A. Christensen, George Ottinger, and Dan Weggeland.
Carl Christian Anton Christensen was a Danish-American artist who is known for his paintings illustrating the history of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
After his conversion in 1858, George Martin Ottinger documented many significant events and places in pioneer Utah through his artwork.
Danquart Anthon Weggeland was an artist and teacher in the early history of the Utah Territory and is considered the father of Utah art.