The Neighbors by Sophie Soprano, oil on panel, 16″x20″

Our memories of playing as children are powerful. Children’s everyday experiences, adventures, and projects are often rehearsals for adult life. Play gives children a taste of freedom, encounters with uncertainty, opportunities for risk-taking and responsibility, and unscheduled time for imagination. This exhibition focuses on artist memories to summon the viewers’ childhood markers of place and time. Says curator Kathy Cieslewicz, “The exhibit focuses on reigniting the viewers’ childhoods through interaction and reminiscing.”

Collectively, the art in this exhibition reflects how play seems to be trivialized in our changing world. Traditional play has become jeopardized as parents see their children’s activities relegated to screens. It is hoped viewers will be inspired to bring play back into children’s lives in ways that evoke wonder, creativity, and natural curiosity.

This exhibition is a partnership between the Sears Art Museum Gallery and Dixie State University, and the show features artwork in a variety of media by artists from Utah and Arizona. For more information on the Sears Art Museum Gallery, visit or like their Facebook page at


2019-2020 Traveling Schedule

Hobble Creek Elementary, Mapleton, 8/20 – 9/19
Rich Middle School, Laketown, 9/20 – 10/21
Artcetera Gallery, Provo, 10/30 – 12/27
Summit County Library, Kimbal Junction, 12/30 – 1/28/2020
Gunnison Community Center Gallery, Gunnison, 1/29 – 3/18
Kamas Library, Kamas, 4/1 – 5/4

2018-2019 Traveling Schedule

Lucy A. Phillips Library, Snow College, Ephraim, Aug 20 – Sep 21
North Sanpete High School, Mt. Pleasant, Sep 21 – Oct 23
Middle Canyon Elementary, Tooele, Oct 23 – Nov 19
Early Light Academy, Daybreak, Nov 19 – Dec 19
Boulder Community Center, Dec 19 – Jan 31, 2019
Red Mountain Elementary, St. George, Feb 1 – Mar 1
Uintah County Heritage Museum, Vernal Mar 4 – Apr 2
Duchesne Library, Apr 2 – Apr 30
Grantsville Library, May 8 – June 12