Arts & Humanities

Facing Fire Takes Center Stage in NEHMA's 'Museum and Music' Series

By Caroline Bott |

Stuart Palley, Aircraft Over Shirley Fire, 2014 (printed 2020). Dye sublimation print on aluminum. Courtesy of Stuart Palley.

The Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art at Utah State University is excited to unveil the newest addition to its "Museum + Music" series, where the realms of art and music converge to address the urgent theme of climate change.

This installment showcases the creative interpretations of students from the music history class in USU's music department, who will draw inspiration from the thought-provoking pieces within the "Facing Fire" exhibition.

The event is set to captivate audiences at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 10, within the museum located on USU's Logan campus.

As part of a semester-long project, students will explore the interplay between art and music through an eclectic mix of works from Billie Eilish to USU student composer, Rebecca Baker. The concert, free and open to the public, will take place in the museum's galleries, offering the attendee the unique experience of being in the presence of both art and live music.

"This concert is a highlight of the Museum + Music season,” said Christopher M. Scheer, Museum + Music Series curator and associate professor of musicology. “It is always a pleasure to watch the enthusiasm and energy of the students transform into a powerful artistic statement which is a compelling fusion of the visual and the aural."

The concert aligns with the current exhibition, "Facing Fire: Art, Wildfire and the End of Nature in the New West" on display until Dec. 16. This exhibition showcases work by 12 artists who bring photographs, paintings, ceramics and video to audiences as they face fire in the West and struggle with the implications.

“Museum + Music” is presented in partnership with USU’s Department of Music.

The Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art at Utah State University fosters engagement with modern and contemporary art to facilitate learning and promote dialogue about ideas important to the people of Utah and the mission of Utah State University.

Admission is free and open to all. Parking is available in the free museum parking stalls and at the Gateway Terrace. For more information, visit or contact Shaylee Briones,, 435-797-0227.


Caroline Bott
Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art


Shaylee Briones
Visitor Experience and Public Engagement Specialist
Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art


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