March 9, 2011                                                         
Contact: Heather Nowlin



The Loge Gallery, Pioneer Theatre Company, Presents

Testament to Topaz
Art by Internees from the Topaz Internment Camp

In a special collaboration with the Topaz Museum, Pioneer Theatre Company’s Loge Gallery will present “Testament to Topaz,” a collection of internees’ art from the Topaz Internment Camp. The exhibit will be on display at the Loge Gallery, located on the mezzanine level of Pioneer Theatre Company, 300 South 1400 East on the University of Utah campus. The exhibit runs from March 18 to April 2, 2011, in conjunction with PTC’s production of the play The Diary of Anne Frank.

Included with the art exhibit are 40 photographs from the camp that have not previously been exhibited anywhere else that have been provided by the J. Willard Marriott Library Special Collections Department.

After Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, the U.S. government seized and relocated 110,000 people of Japanese ancestry from the West Coast of the United States and sent them to ten internment camps scattered throughout the country. Two-thirds of the internees were American citizens. One of the ten camps was called Topaz, and was located near Delta, Utah from September 11, 1942 to October 31, 1945.

Over 600 of the 11,200 detainees imprisoned at Topaz enrolled in what was, at that time, Utah’s largest art school. Some of the art produced during that time will be on display in Pioneer Theatre Company’s Loge Gallery from March 18 through April 2.

WHO:              The Loge Gallery, Pioneer Theatre Company

WHAT:           “Testament to Topaz” in collaboration with the Topaz Museum and the J. Willard Marriott Library Special Collections Department.

WHEN:            March 18 – April 2, 2011

TIMES:            Mondays – Fridays, 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

                        Saturdays 10:00 a.m. - noon, and 4:45 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

WHERE:          The Loge Gallery, Simmons Pioneer Memorial Theatre, mezzanine level, 300 South 1400 East, Salt Lake City

PRICE:            Admission is free

MORE INFO:   Box Office (801) 581-6961, Open 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., Mon – Fri

This program has received funding from the Utah Humanities Council. The Utah Humanities Council promotes understanding of human traditions, values and issues through informed public discussion.

Historical photographs provided by J. Willard Marriott Library, Department of Special Collections.

Photos from the exhibit, and the following attachments are available online at:

Online media resources include:

  1. Background information on artist Thomas Ryosaku Matsuoka
  2. Background information on artist Setsu Nagata Kanehara
  3. Eileen Hallet Stone, Salt Lake Tribune Living History
  4. Topaz Facts
  5. The Topaz Art School
  6. Photos from the J. Willard Marriott Library, Special Collections
  7. Photos of artwork from artists

Found online at:


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