The UMFA is temporarily closed for remodeling and will reopen August 26, 2017.
Click here for ongoing programs.

Home | Join | e-newsletter | Give | Press | Contact












Trevor Southey: Reconciliation is a retrospective exhibition of the most significant works from each period of artist Trevor Southey's career. This distinctive body of work is profoundly biographical, and Southey brings to it the guileless candor and search for tranquility that has characterized his life.


Born and raised in Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe), Southey studied in England before immigrating to the United States in 1965. He received two degrees in art from Brigham Young University and was married to Elaine Fish in 1967. Their mutual vision for an idyllic farmstead in Alpine, Utah with their four children became a vital and critical part of his life and work. In the late 1960s, Southey co-founded and was a major influence in the Art and Belief Movement at BYU. His work during this period reflected his long-held preference for the expressive capacity of academic traditions, while also embracing some aspects of modernism. It was, he said, a "reaction to the brutalizing elements of modern society and my own desire for internal peace."


Southey's acknowledgement of his homosexuality in 1982 instigated a radical rebuilding of his life. His divorce and relocation to California were the outward manifestation of an internal struggle-a struggle, he notes, that "can be traced through the dark undertones and repeating motifs of my paintings during this period."


The reconciliation of these experiences is evident in a more natural and open approach to his representation of the human figure and Southey's continued exploration of conflict and spiritual evolution.



Special Events


Artist Reception
October 21 • 4:30-6:30 pm
Open to the Public

Meet artist Trevor Southey, enjoy light refreshments, and experience the exhibition on opening night at an artist reception. This event is supported in part by the University of Utah Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Resource Center (LGBT). For a full list of Pride Week events, please click HERE.


Panel Discussion
October 21 • 6:30-8:00 pm

The UMFA is pleased to present a panel discussion with artists Trevor Southey, Gary E. Smith, Dennis Smith, and Neil Hadlock. These gentlemen will discuss their lives and artwork, focusing on a period in the 1970s known as the Alpine Ideal.


Click HERE for the podcast of the "Alpine Ideal" panel discussion.


NEW! A Conversation with Artist Trevor Southey
Saturdays, January 22 and 29 • 2 pm

Join us for a conversation with artist Trevor Southey. Gain insight into his retrospective exhibition and seize the opportunity to meet the artist in person.






Rotating Slideshow: 1. Reconciliation,1978, oil on panel 2. Shell and Shell, 2003, oil on canvas • Spring, detail, 1976, oil on panel 3. Prodigal, 1974, oil on panel 4. Johnny, detail, 1992, etchingVyacheslav, detail, 2003, oil on canvas 5. Flight Aspiration, 1981, oil on masonite


Trevor Southey (1940-), Self Portrait,1959, oil on panel, collection of the artist

related links


Trevor Southey

Reconciliation book information


Presenting Sponsors



Jim Dabakis and Stephen Justensen


Tom and Mary McCarthey


with support from


Day Christensen • Sam and Diane Stewart
Alyssa Warnock • John and Marva Warnock




Trevor Southey, The Blessing, 1996, oil on panel, collection of Myron and Marla Goodrich

<<< Future UMFA Exhibitions
















Marcia & John Price Museum Building | 410 Campus Center Drive, Salt Lake City, UT 84112-0350 | Phone: 801-581-7332 | Site by CentralPoint - Disclaimer