A family pioneering fine art in Utah since 1899,
with NYC, San Fran, and Santa Fe art world experience!
HORNE FINE ART celebrates 18 years of offering high quality Utah artwork, in an inviting and spacious gallery/studio setting just south of downtown Salt Lake City. We opened in 2003, and currently focus on paintings by award-winning artists Phyllis Horne and her daughter, Karen Horne, as well as occasional works by other artists from the gallery collection. Artwork ranges from traditional Western landscapes and gardens to contemporary impressionist cityscapes, dining scenes and dancers. With its sixteen-foot ceilings and large skylights, attractive exhibition space and working studio, HORNE FINE ART offers an authentic and pleasant setting for the display and creation of art. Whether you are an experienced or new collector, we make it easy to bring the joy of art into your home and business. We offer our customers an extensive, varied inventory of original paintings, on-approval services, time payments and local delivery, as well as select fine art prints.
The gallery brings together the visual talents, and national art experience of Karen Horne, her husband Michael Rowley, and Phyllis Horne. Born in London, Michael has extensive experience directing and curating in galleries in New York, Santa Fe and San Francisco, and has offered the work of living artists as well as that of masters ranging from Rembrandt to Matisse to O’Keefe. Michael is a gifted people person with a sense of humor and is delighted to help customers find work they love to live with.
A graduate with honors from Yale, Karen Horne painted and exhibited for over a decade in New York City. She also has extensive experience with art in museums and galleries and worked for five years at The Frick Collection. She has actively participated in the Utah art scene since her return to Utah in 1996, receiving the Mayor’s Visual Artist Award for significant contribution to the community. Her artwork is held in many collections locally and nationally. It has been featured in numerous publications including Fine Art Connoisseur, Southwest Art, Utah Style and Design, and Salt Lake Magazine. Noted for her expressive color and skill at capturing gesture, Karen was elected one of the hundred “Most Honored Artists of Utah.”
Phyllis F. Horne is a widely admired painter, whose work over the decades has won top state and national awards. Her paintings are featured in numerous public and corporate collections including the State of Utah Art Collection, St. Mark’s Hospital, and the Springville Museum, and by many delighted private collectors. She as well as Karen were named one of the hundred “Most Honored Artists of Utah” (the only parent/child combination to both receive that distinction). She is noted for her dramatic handling of light and evocative painting of trees. In 2021 Phyllis was honored at the Governor’s Mansion for her beloved garden painting which hangs in the Governor’s private quarters.
The gallery continues a family tradition of promoting fine art in Utah which dates back to the nineteenth century. In 1898, Karen Horne’s great-grandmother, Alice Merrill Horne, ran for the 3rd Utah Legislature specifically to advance the arts agenda. Once elected, she authored legislation to create the Utah Arts Institute (now the Utah Arts Council), the first state-sponsored arts agency in the nation. Her support and promotion of early Utah artists took many forms. She established a state art collection, now numbering over 1,200 works, she established 37 collections of Utah Art in public schools, and she presented exhibitions in numerous venues such as the ZCMI Tiffin Room and the Newhouse Hotel.
Beyond the arts agenda, Alice Merrill Horne was a civic-minded visionary. She penned legislation setting aside the land grant for the University of Utah. She was an early preservationist and environmentalist, helped save Eagle Gate from demolition, and fought for cleaner coal.