Alfred Lambourne Prize Ceremony

Sep 18, 2015, 6:00 pm

The second annual Alfred Lambourne Prizes for visual arts, literary arts, sound/music, and movement/dance will be awarded on September 18th in the George S. & Dolores Dore Eccles Art Gallery on the South Campus of Salt Lake Community College.

In 2014, FRIENDS of Great Salt Lake established The Alfred Lambourne Prize, an annual recognition and celebration of regional creativity inspired by our inland sea. We invite creative work in the forms of visual arts, literary arts, sound and movement.

The Alfred Lambourne Prize takes its name from the renowned painter and writer Alfred Lambourne (1850-1926). Born in England, he moved with his family to the United States and settled in Salt Lake City in 1866. Lambourne’s artistic talents were put to use painting scenery for the Salt Lake Theater. He developed an early and passionate interest in Great Salt Lake, inspired in part by reading Captain Howard Stansbury’s account of the 1850 survey of the lake (Exploration and survey of the valley of the Great Salt Lake of Utah, 1852). Lambourne traveled the lake by sailboat and lived for a time on Gunnison Island in the hopes of obtaining land there through homesteading.

Lambourne is remembered for the dozens of sketches and paintings he created of Great Salt Lake as he captured facets of water, light, and land in the romantic style reminiscent of the Hudson River School painters. His writing, based upon his time on Gunnison Island, stands out as the earliest, most evocative prose penned on the Lake’s physical attributes and psychological impressions. Lambourne melded fact and fiction as he wrote first in serial fashion about the lake for The Deseret News then published these writings as Pictures of an Inland Sea (1894; 1902) and Our Inland Sea: The Story of a Homestead (1909).

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This event is made possible with support from Friends of the Great Salt Lake, Salt Lake Community College, and Utah Humanities.

Salt Lake Community College

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Friends of Great Salt Lake
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