MAIN GALLERY: JAN 25 – MAY 25, 2019

The suburban proliferation in the United States occurred during the years following World War II. Returning soldiers sought affordable housing for their sprouting families and new neighborhoods on the outskirts of major cities implied a promise of a better life. Improved automobiles, better roads, and updated public transportation systems provided reliable commuting options for Suburbanites. Schools, hospitals, malls, and restaurants popped up, creating little need for residents to go downtown.

Being miles outside of the city limits also formed a feeling of innocence, safety, and security. The suburbs lacked the diversity found in urban centers, providing a social segregation that many people moving to the suburbs found appealing.

With the current trend of suburban residents moving to larger cities, what will become of the aging suburbs? Are rising housing prices forcing urban residents out of the cities? If they move to the suburbs, will they benefit from the construct that initially drew the families of the 1950’s?

The artists in Shady Acres use the suburbs to explore their complicated relationship a place that has shaped who they are and their understanding of the world around them.




Val Antczak & Barbara Polich

Utah Department of Heritage & Arts