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Arthur Adelmann Retrospective
Opening June 7, 2024
in the Eccles Art Center Carriage House Gallery
and Dance Studio

at 2580 Jefferson Avenue, Ogden, UT 84401

Arthur R. Adelmann was a professor of art and watercolor at Weber State University for 35 years.  He lived in Ogden and Torrey, Utah, most of his life.  Adelmann’s work is permanently displayed in multiple locations at Weber State University and various galleries in Torrey, where he spent much of his retirement.  Throughout his life, Adelmann was a vibrant member of the LGBTQ+ community, and it is with great pleasure that we announce a retrospective of his life during the Colors of Pride celebration.

Adelmann’s work evolved throughout his life.  Beginning with still life work in oil and acrylic, his paintings were shown in numerous galleries and public shows after his graduate work at the University of California, Berkeley.  Throughout his work at WSU, Adelmann’s paintings developed into abstract watercolors, where emotion and text bloomed into vibrant colors and mysterious symbols. Rarely have Adelmann’s paintings been shown in context with one another over the comparative journey of his life.  For the first time, the Eccles Art Center in Ogden will showcase the remaining works from Adelmann’s estate, from the earliest paintings and photography to the unshown works completed near the end of his life.  This retrospective will offer unique interpretations of Adelmann’s work as the paintings changed based on his experiences as a professor and teacher and the places where he traveled.  

Representative pieces from all of Arthur’s major shows will be available for the retrospective.

In addition to many exhibitions of his work in Ogden (WSU Stewart Library; Universe City; Eccles Community Art Center), Salt Lake City, and St. George, Utah, Arthur also participated as solo-artist in exhibitions in Trinkkerhalle, Timmendorfer Strand, Germany; Galere Racine, Nice, France; Galerie in der Loft, Zurich-Dietlikon, Switzerland; Korrespondenzen, City Archives, Leipzig, Germany; Crocket Gallery, Las Vegas, Nevada; and Union Court Gallery, San Francisco, California. His work was also featured in many group exhibitions throughout Utah, as well as Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada; Festival pour la Mer, Marseille, France; LeMerite Artistique European France, St Aignan; and The Contemporary Art Invitational, Moulin du Theil, Billy, France. 

Twenty-four of his works are on permanent display in the Performing Arts building at Weber State University. Arthur's vision regarding his art is best described in his own words--"As I work, I bring my own meanings and symbols to the paintings. I hope that some of them will find resonance in viewers."

He is the first honorary member of the Leipzig Bureau of Culture (1996) and received Le Mérite Artistique Européan France award from the Sixth Salon of Painting and Sculpture in St. Aignan-sur-Cher (1995).

Please join us for this once in a lifetime exhibit of Arthur R. Adelmann’s paintings opening on June 7th, 2024, in collaboration with the Colors of Pride at the Eccles Art Center in Ogden.