Evansville Museum Purchase

Leslie Nichols Zion National Park

"In the Cool of the Canyon" is now a part of the permanent collection of the Evansville Museum. This typewritten work on paper was awarded a Member’s Purchase Award at the 58th Mid States Exhibition.

I made "In the and Cool of the Canyon" as an Artist-in-Residence for Zion National Park in Utah. Each element, including the text, the portrait subject, and the background color, come from time I spent in the archives, on the trails, and interacting with people in the park. My partner, artist Mike Nichols, joined me to hike some of Zion’s most iconic trails including The Narrows, a hike following the Virgin River, where this pose was captured. Hand-printed layers of acrylic paint form a subtle field of color for the text and figure to emerge. To create the image, I typed artist and explorer Frederick Dellenbaugh’s words published in a 1904 edition of Scribner's Magazine describing the "immense prodigality of color" of Zion Canyon.

"58Tth Mid-States Art Exhibition"
Evansville, IN
Dec 10-March 5, 2017