Donna and Jim Poulton made their new book with one goal in mind: to bring the life of the Grand Tetons National Park and Jackson Hole, Wyoming right into people’s living room.

On Sunday, this husband-wife duo will speak speak in the Marriott Library’s Gould Auditorium at 3 p.m. to discuss Painters of Grand Tetons National Park. This coffee-table sized work contains nearly 400 paintings and photos from artists such as Edward Hopper, Thomas Moran, Harrison Crandall and Conrad Schwiering, covering over 200 years of the area’s wilderness and the animals who live there.

The Poultons will speak about why and how they choose the topics of their books and about the creation of this new work itself. Attendees can ask questions and purchase a signed copy of the book at the end of the lecture.

Donna Poulton earned her master’s degree at Boston University’s extension in Stuttgart, Germany and later earned a PhD at BYU. Other works she co-authored focus on the landscape of the American west, such as Utah Art, Utah Artists (written with Robert Olpin and Vern Swanson in 2001) Painters of Utah’s Canyons and Deserts (with Vern Swanson, 2009) and her 2012 book on one of the state’s most accomplished artist, LeConte Stewart Masterworks (James Poulton, Vern Swanson and Robert Davis). She currently lives in Salt Lake and is the director of the local Hal R. and Naoma J. Tate Foundation.

Jim Poulton is psychologist in in Salt Lake City and on the faculty of the International Psychotherapy Institute based in Washington D.C.

This lecture is a part of the Friends of the Marriott Library series, the goal of which is to “provide for enrichment of learning, promote the public welfare and cultural opportunities through library programs,” according to their website. They also use this program to share their enthusiasm for learning and “to acquire unique publications and to publish significant works based on unusual holdings in possession of the Marriott Library.”


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