Photographers document prehistoric rock art at Hub City Gallery

May 16, 2019 GMT

MT. PLEASANT — A traveling exhibition entitled “They Painted in the Canyons,” that chronicles Utah’s prehistoric rock art will be exhibited Friday, May 17, to Thursday, June 13, at Hub City Gallery, on the second floor of Mt. Pleasant City Hall, 115 West Main Street, open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission is free. Accompanying educational materials are available.

North Sanpete Arts is sponsoring the Utah Arts & Museums’ Traveling Exhibition which features 24 photographs by Utah State University professor Craig Law. These photographs are a small selection of images included in a greater documentary project called the BCS Project run by law and project director, David Sucec.


Before the first European Americans came to live in Utah during the 19th century; before the first Spanish priests journeyed through eastern Utah in the 18th century; before the arrival 400 years earlier of the Ute People; even before the Pueblo Cliff Dwellers, whose ancestors pushed into southern Utah about 2,000 years ago — before all these humans came to Utah, scattered bands of Archaic Native Americans painted striking human-like figures on canyon walls in Utah and the northern part of the Colorado Plateau.

These paintings in the Barrier Canyon style are Utah’s earliest known art on rock, and some images could date to a period between 8,000 and 6,000 years ago. This exhibit, “They Painted in the Canyons” shows photographs by Craig Law selected from the archives of the BCS PROJECT — a non-profit organization established to create a photographic inventory of Barrier Canyon-style pecked and painted images.

About Craig Law

Craig Law, project photographer, is professor emeritus of photography at Utah State University, and he lives in Logan. Craig’s work is represented by Phillips Gallery in Salt Lake City. In 2008, Craig’s work was recognized by the American Rock Art Research Association with the Oliver Award for outstanding photography of rock art.

About David Sucec

David Sucec, project director, is a visual artist, an independent scholar, and a curator who lives in Salt Lake City. In 1991, David was awarded a Utah Humanities Council Research Fellowship to initiate the BCS PROJECT. David is a member of the Utah Rock Art Research Association and the American Rock Art Research Association.

About Utah A&MTEP

Utah Arts & Museums’ Traveling Exhibit Program is a statewide outreach program that provides schools, museums, libraries, and community galleries with the opportunity to bring curated exhibitions to their community.


This program is supported in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

For more information on participating in the program, please contact Fletcher Booth at fbooth@utah.gov or call (801) 824-9177.

About Utah A&M

Utah Arts & Museums is a division of the Utah Department of Heritage and Arts (DHA). To enrich the quality of life for the people of Utah, DHA creates, preserves, and promotes Heritage and Arts. The Division provides funding, education, and technical services to individuals and organizations statewide so that all Utahns, regardless of race, gender, ethnicity or economic status, can access, understand, and receive the benefits of arts and culture.

For more information, visit https://artsandmuseums.utah.gov/.