Historical Artists

Flowers & Feuds: The Utah Arts Council’s Early Years

Notes for Bob & Bill

Flowers & Feuds

The Utah Arts Council’s Early Years

by Shawn Rossiter

Part I: Alice Merril Horne’s Flower Power

Alice Merrill Horne loved flowers, and she knew how to use them: as decor, as subjects for her paintings, and as tools for political persuasion.

Though Horne is best known for her work as an advocate for Utah art, she was also a talented artist, recognized at the turn of the last century as one of the leading floral painters in the state. After completing a degree in pedagogy at the University of Utah, Horne took an interest in art and studied with J.T. Harwood and others. Her association with Harwood and her brief career as a teacher are what led Horne into her short-lived, but very fruitful political career.

READ THE FULL ARTICLE IN THE NOVEMBER 2008 EDITION OF 15 BYTES.

The founder of Artists of Utah and editor of its online magazine, 15 Bytes, Shawn Rossiter has undergraduate degrees in English, French and Italian Literature and studied Comparative Literature in graduate school before pursuing a career in art.

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