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Farrell Reuben Collett

(Bennington, Idaho, 1907 - 2000, Saint George, Utah)

Farrell Reuben Collett, of Provo, Ogden, and St. George, Utah is a well-known Utah illustrator, painter, and educator. A native of Bennington, Idaho, he went to Brigham Young University for early art training and then became a freelance illustrator in Provo from 1933 to 1938. Collett and his wife spent a year studying in Europe, where he drew most of his inspiration from the Spanish masters. Collett also spent summer sessions at the California School of Fine Arts in San Francisco (1934), and in Chicago at the Art Institute (1935, 1937) and the American Academy of Art (1938). He became a high school art instructor in Ogden in 1938, and then joined the art staff of Weber College (WSU) in 1939. In 1954, he won a purchase prize for a portrait at the Springville Annual, continued at Weber through the 1950's into the 1970's, was appointed art chair there, and found recognition as a very capable painter of animal and landscape pictures. His work was exhibited in the 1970's at the Utah Museum of Natural History in a one-man show, as well as other places, and he eventually became a recipient of the Governor's Award in the Arts.

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