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September 17 - October 8

   RICHARD BURTON (1940 - 2020)

Sweetwater River at South Pass, Richard Burton
Sweetwater River at South Pass, photograph

   DICK & TIMMY BURTON COLLECTION

Off Taorimina, by Doug Snow
pictured: Off Taorimina, Doug Snow


Richard (Dick) Burton (1940-2020) began his career at the investment division of First Security Bank, but photography soon became his passion and lifelong endeavor.

This memorial exhibit will feature a combination of Dick’s photographs, some of which have not previously been shown, as well as a selection of the artwork he and his wife, Timmy, collected throughout their lives.

Burton studied photography at UCLA in 1968 and 1969 and later taught photography at Utah State University and the Salt Lake Art Center (Utah Museum of Contemporary Art/UMOCA). He produced several solo shows throughout the ‘80s, the finale of which was a four-year documentation of U.S. Highway 89 between the Mexican and Canadian borders, exhibited in 1989 at the Salt Lake Art Center.

Then other business pulled him away and, in the blink of an eye, 15 years without Burton capturing a single image. During his hiatus from photography, he watched the mountain he lived on become developed, each year resulting in more destruction in the name of “progress.” This turn of events compelled him to once again tell a story through photos. “Off the Mountain” was the title of Richard Burton’s last body of work depicting a lifetime of change and beauty in his surroundings.

He served as a director of the R. Harold Burton Foundation for many years. Later, he and his wife established the Dick and Timmy Burton Foundation to give back the to the Utah community. Education, science, literacy, as well as health and human services was and remain their focus but supporting the visual arts was their passion.

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