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About the Maynard Dixon Home and Studio

Home & Studio


In 1938, Maynard Dixon and his wife, Edith Hamlin, left San Francisco for the Southwest, an area they both loved and had explored many times. In 1939, they built a log home along Utah's Highway 89 in the small Mormon community of Mt. Carmel, near Zion National Park. Attracted by the oasis of cottonwood trees, streams, magnificent vistas, colorful sandstone cliffs, and the area's celebrated cloud formations, they established their summer haven away from the Tucson heat May through October. Inspired by the area's landscape, the Dixons shared their lovely summer retreat with many artists and friends.

Maynard Dixon died in the fall of 1946 at their house in Tucson, Arizona. At his request, Edith Hamlin took Maynard's ashes to Utah and buried them beneath a boulder on the hillside behind their home overlooking the mountains of Mt. Carmel; while they spent the winter months in Arizona, it was the Mt. Carmel property Maynard Dixon's heart called home. A bronze memorial engraved with his famous Thunderbird symbol marks the area where his ashes were buried. In 1947, Hamlin completed the construction of the studio, which had been planned prior to Maynard's death.

Edith Hamlin sold the property to the American watercolorist, Milford Zornes and his wife, Patricia in 1963. The two carried on the Dixons' artistic tradition through many studio workshops and artist retreats.

The property was featured in the June, 2001 issue of Architectural Digest and the owners were honored by the Utah Heritage Foundation in 2001 for Excellence in Cultural Preservation. The property is also on the National Register of Historic Places. They will also be featured in December-January 2015 Western Art and Architecture.

In the spirit of Dixon, Hamlin and Zornes, the property remains a retreat. The Thunderbird Foundation encourages and expects excellence from those individuals who are invited to Mt. Carmel to make art. By maintaining the architectural integrity and protecting the surrounding environment, future generations can always experience the Mt. Carmel Dixon loved.


Between May and October, volunteers are on hand to give tours at the Maynard Dixon studio and home in Mt. Carmel, Utah.

Come to Southern Utah and see the home that Maynard Dixon and his wife Edith built, walk the mountain trails where Dixon spent quiet, reflective moments, and experience beautiful views that are called "Maynard Dixon Country."

Docent Tours are $20 per person and must be scheduled in advance. To make a reservation, please contact the Maynard Dixon Home and Studio in Mt. Carmel.

Important Notice

The Dixon property is a living history museum and not a fine art museum. There are several examples of Dixon artwork throughout the buildings. These are very fine reproductions. The current art market for Dixon paintings causes them to be very rare. People seeking to buy  artwork need to be prepared to disclose their budget and expectation for such purchase. We will then make an effort to obtain such.


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