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Arts Week at USU Features a Harrison Groutage Retrospective Art Exhibit

Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014

a landscape painting by Harrison Groutage

Harrison Groutage's landscapes were known and loved by many. A retrospective of his work is included in an exhibit that is part of Arts Week at Utah State University.

A painting by Harrison Groutage and a downtown Logan scene

Scenes from Cache Valley and Logan were captured in Groutage's art. The retrospective exhibit can be seen at USU through Feb. 8 in the Tippetts Exhibit Hall (10 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays) at the Chase Fine Arts Center.

This year’s Arts Week, presented by the Caine College of the Arts at Utah State University, features an exhibit by renowned Utah painter and former USU art department chair Harrison Groutage.

“Harrison Groutage: A Retrospective” runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. beginning Jan. 13 and continues through Feb. 8 in the Tippetts Exhibit Hall located in the Chase Fine Arts Center on USU’s Logan campus. The exhibit is free and open to the public. An opening reception is Jan. 23 at 4 p.m.

Arts Week is an opportunity for the college to connect with the community and takes place Jan. 21-25 with a variety of college-sponsored activities. The week will also feature an ice sculpture unveiling, networking dinner, gala program, masquerade ball and more, all to celebrate the arts.

“Harrison Groutage has become one of the most distinguished and celebrated artists of our emeriti faculty,” said Craig Jessop, dean of the Caine College of the Arts (CCA). “We are honored to celebrate his life’s work and legacy in this retrospective exhibition as part of our 2014 Arts Week celebration.”

Groutage grew up in Cache Valley and would often paint and draw beside his mother as a young boy as she did the same. His father shared with him a passion for penmanship and lettering. He continued to develop his skills and went on to receive a bachelor’s of fine arts from Brigham Young University and a master’s of fine arts from the University of Utah.

Groutage began teaching at Utah State University in 1953, with a career spanning more than 50 years, including summer sessions and workshops at Snow College, Boise State, University of Utah and many others. Students referred to him as “Grout,” and he was widely popular due to his facile mind and quick wit.

“The work Harrison Groutage did over the course of his long and productive career as an artist will be helpful for our students to see,” said Chris Terry, associate dean in the CCA. “So often, pieces like sketches and sketchbooks are not made available to the public in exhibitions like this, and we have a unique opportunity for students to see the planning and process Groutage went through to become such an accomplished artist.”

The exhibit will also feature a silent auction benefitting The Harrison and Iva Lou Groutage Scholarship.

Harrison Groutage died in February 2013.

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