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USU's Merrill-Cazier Library Hosts Traveling Exhibition

Thursday, Jan. 09, 2014

Wallace Ott in a photograph by John Telford

John Telford, "Wallace Ott, on his 95th Birthday,"Circleville. Gelatin Silver Print, 7” x 18”. (photo courtesy Arts and Museums, Travelling Exhibition.)

Utah State University’s University Libraries presents “People, Places and Things Along U.S. 89,” a Utah Arts and Museums’ Traveling Exhibition. The exhibition highlights the unique, unusual and extraordinary things found along the historic highway 89 through a series of black and white photographs taken by John Telford.

People, Places and Things” is on display in the Merrill-Cazier Library atrium on the main USU campus Jan. 10-Feb. 12.

U.S. 89 is one of the country’s oldest and longest north-south running highways, stretching from Canada to Mexico. Of the 503 miles of U.S. 89 that wind through Utah, most are in rural areas, and hundreds of miles in Sanpete, Garfield and Kane counties have been designated as “Heritage Highway” by the United States Congress. As a result, the number of McDonalds, Wendy’s, or Burger Kings found on the highway can be counted on one hand, according to a press release from the Traveling Exhibition program. However, locally owned restaurants and drive-ins are found in every community. The circuitous path the highway follows, from Garden City in the north to Kanab and Big Water in the south, moves slowly from town to town, village to village, passing homes and businesses that are local, historic and indigenous to the culture that surround the highway.

“The people who live along U.S. 89 are grounded by their history, environment and beliefs,” the press release said. “The prints in the exhibition tell their stories.”

Each gelatin silver print is 7x18 inches and presented on a 15x26 inch mat.

Included is a photograph of Wallace Ott, taken on Ott’s 95th birthday in Circleville, Utah.

According to information provided by the Travelling Exhibition organizers, Ott said that Butch Cassidy died in Washington State, not in Bolivia as many believe. Ott, a friend of Butch’s, said he last talked to him in Henrieville in 1936.

“Butch told him about South America and Mexico and many other tales which Wallace tells and retells with vigor and detail,” said Fletcher Booth from the Utah Arts and Museum division.

Telford, the photographer whose work makes up the exhibit, is a native of Utah and has been taking photographs of people and landscapes for more than 35 years. His work is widely published, with more than 50 magazine cover photos. His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally. His work has also been included in more than 60 solo and groups shows. He holds an MFA from the University of Utah and is a professor at Brigham Young University.

USU’s Merrill-Cazier Library is open Monday-Thursday from 7 a.m. to Midnight; Friday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday from 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; and Sunday from noon-midnight.

Utah Arts and Museums’ Traveling Exhibit Program is a statewide outreach program that provides schools, museums, libraries and community galleries the opportunity to bring curated exhibitions to their community. The program is supported in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. For more information on participating in the program, contact Laura Durham at or call (801) 245-7270. For media inquiries, contact Alyssa Hickman Grove, at or call (801) 236-7548.

Utah Arts and Museums is a division of the Utah Department of Heritage and Arts (DHA). To enrich the quality of life for the people of Utah, DHA creates, preserves and promotes heritage and arts. The division provides funding, education and technical services to individuals and organizations statewide so that all Utahans, regardless of race, gender, ethnicity or economic status, can access, understand and receive the benefits of arts and culture. Additional information on the programs and services can be found online or call (801) 236-7555.

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Source: Utah Arts & Museums’ Traveling Exhibit Program

USU Contact: Rose M. Milovich, Merrill-Cazier Library, 435-797-0893

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