Fine Arts for a Fine Audience

Each show at Pioneer Theatre Company brings new artists to Simmons Pioneer Memorial Theatre's Loge Gallery, located on the Loge level of the theatre. Our gallery features local painters, sculptors and photographers chosen by George Maxwell, PTC's Resident Scenic Designer and Loge Gallery curator, to complement the show taking place onstage. Sometimes a pair of artists -  even a seemingly odd couple - are brought together in a way that entertains our audiences.

Often the work shown in the Loge Gallery is available for sale, and a portion of the proceeds benefit the theatre. Visit the Loge Gallery during business hours, or before the show or at intermission, and experience some of Utah's best fine artists.

Loge Gallery Presents "Lost in Fantasy"

During the run of "Peter and the Starcatcher"

December 5 through December 20, 2014

Pioneer Theatre Company's Loge Gallery presents Lost in Fantasy, an exhibit of fantasy paintings by local artists Greg Newbold, Ron Spears, Howard Lyon, Kimberly Kincaid, Chad Grohman, James Christensen, Val Paul Taylor and Christopher Thornock. The collection will be on display during PTC's production of Peter and the Starcatcher, December 5 through December 20, 2014.
The exhibit can be experienced on the mezzanine level of the Roy W. and Elizabeth E. Simmons Pioneer Memorial Theatre. The gallery is open from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday for the general public and before and after performances for ticket holders.

Media: Please call 801-581-6270 for high resolution copies of the photos below.

Greg Newbold has spent over twenty years creating artwork for such notable clients as Simon & Schuster, Random House, Heinz Foods, Sony Pictures, Fedex/Kinkos, Harper Collins, Smuckers, Kleenex, Boys' Life magazine, The New York Times and American Express. Newbold's illustrations have received honors from Society of Illustrators, Society of Illustrators - Los Angeles Communication Arts, Spectrum and 3x3, among others. His Illustrated children's books include The Touch of the Master's Hand, Winter Lullaby, Spring Song and The Barnyard Night Before Christmas.

There_Be_Danger_Below-Greg_Newbold.jpg "There Be Danger Below"—Greg Newbold

Along with being an award-winning Art Director for Wizards of the Coast, Ron Spears created hundreds of illustrations for Magic: The Gathering, Dungeons and Dragons, Harry Potter Card Game, Upper Deck, Blizzard Entertainment and others. In 2014 he created the art for Nevada's "150 Years of Statehood" Forever Stamp. Spears has also illustrated book covers, magazine articles and the children's book Dad, Are You the Tooth Fairy? written by actor Jason Alexander. As a Lead Illustrator for International Game Technology, and an Art Director for Sierra On-Line, Spears has created countless illustrations for dozens of video games. In January 2015, Spears will begin his new position as Chair of the Illustration and Sequential Art departments at Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, Georgia.


"Rush"—Ron Spears

Howard Lyon began his career studying illustration. For 15 years he has worked in the video game industry and as a freelance illustrator. His work can be found in products from Dungeons and Dragons books, World of Warcraft cards, Magic: The Gathering and Star Wars. He has studied art in Italy, France and the Grand Central Academy in New York. He has combined these experiences to expand his subject matter to create inspirational pieces in the style of some of his favorite old masters: William Bouguereau, Lawrence Alma-Tadema, and John William Waterhouse.

Angel_of_Flight_Alabaster-Howard_Lyon.jpg "Angel of Flight Alabaster"—Howard Lyon

Kimberly Kincaid is a freelance artist who has returned to art after a 30-year hiatus while raising her family. She's studied with Jeff Hein and Hala Wittwer, attended the Illustrators Master Class in Amherst, MA several times, and studied in Rebecca Guay's online course, SmART School. Her work has been in Imagine FX, Spectrum and Society of Illustrators 50, West. In 2013, she was selected as one of Muddy Color's Rising Stars for Spectrum Fantasy Art II. Kincaid will be included in Women of Wonder, a book featuring the women working in the fantasy art industry.


"The Guardian"—Kimberly Kincaid

For the past 15 years, Chad Grohman has worked as an illustrator, painter, designer, and teacher of illustration. He holds a BFA in Illustration from Rochester Institute of Technology, 1994, and an MFA in Illustration from University of Hartford, 2010. As a painter, Grohman's primary medium is gouache on hot press watercolor board. As a freelance illustrator, he works in gouache, Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Photoshop. He is currently employed by Fisher Price for design and illustration, and is a tattoo apprentice in Buffalo, NY.

GrabbingHands-Chad_Grohman.jpg "Grabbing Hands"—Chad Grohman

James Christensen completed his formal education at BYU. Since then, he has had one-man shows in the West and the Northeast and his work is prized in collections throughout the U.S. and Europe. He has also taught art for over 20 years. Christensen has won all the professional art honors the World Science Fiction and Fantasy Convention can bestow, as well as multiple Chesley Awards from the Association of Science Fiction and Fantasy Artists. He has been designated as a "Utah Art Treasure," one of Utah's Top 100 Artists by the Springville Museum of Art and received the Governor's Award for Art awarded by the Utah Arts Council recognizing the significance of Christensen's artwork to Utah's cultural communities. He was inducted into the U.S. Art magazine's Hall of Fame and is an Honored Alumnus at Brigham Young University for his contributions to fine art and education.
Val Paul Taylor honed his art skills at Columbus College of Art and Design and Brigham Young University, where he first earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Illustration. After a lengthy working career in the Pacific Northwest in a series of prestigious publishing, design and illustration roles, including his own highly rated studio Raindog Creative, he returned to the University of Hartford Art School in Hartford Connecticut for a Master of Fine Arts in Illustration. He's since been a Graphic Designer, Art Director, Creative Director, Illustrator, painter, businessman and consultant.


"Kokopelli"—Val Paul Taylor

Christopher Thornock received his BFA from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California and his MFA from Brigham Young University. He lives in Utah with his wife, children and pesky mini-schnauzer. When not sitting at an easel, he teaches as an adjunct professor at BYU. 

Thornock_Battle_1500pxW.jpg "Battle"—Christopher Thornock



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Kenneth Haigh