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USU Art Collection Owes A Lot to George Wanlass

Herald Journal Saturday, Jun. 09, 2018


George Wanlass’s family tree is an impressive one, connecting him to some historical Cache Valley figures and arts benefactors whose names can be seen on the buildings of today’s Utah State University campus. Wanless is the great-grandson of John T. Caine II, one of the “founding fathers” of Utah State University. He’s also the son of Kathryn Caine Wanlass, the late boundless arts donor, and the nephew of Nora Eccles Harrison. Speaking of Harrison, Wanlass has been the chief collector of artwork for the USU museum named after his aunt Nora, or “Aunt Nonie,” as he liked to call her. Museum professional Bolton Colburn said Wanlass’s approach to collecting comes with an understanding that “the significance of work is not tied to its monetary value.” ... The Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art opened in 1982 and has come to house works of all kinds from artists throughout the American West. ... Wanlass answered questions from The Herald Journal via email about his life and the USU museum.



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