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“DesignArts ‘14” opens August 29 at the Rio Gallery – 18 August 2014

Utah Arts & Museums announces the opening of the exhibition “DesignArts ‘14” at noon on August 29 at the Rio Gallery, located in the historic Rio Grande Depot at 300 S. Rio Grande Street, Salt Lake City. The show will continue through October 17, 2014. Gallery hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. A closing reception and celebration coinciding with Salt Lake Design Week and Salt Lake Gallery Stroll will be on October 17 from 6 to 9 p.m. for the designers and public.

Juror Ellen Lupton has selected 31 designs, ranging from a store interior to packaging for an indie band. Lupton’s overall comment about these Utah designers was one of respect for their awareness and work that confronts and communicates issues of sustainability in their designs.

The juror’s award winner in the professional category is Erin Carraher and Jörg Rügemer’s project “Architecture for Girl Scouts.” This project is a partnership between the Girl Scouts of Utah and the School of Architecture at the University of Utah to raise awareness of careers in the built environment for women. The partnership is the design and construction of three cabins for the Girl Scout Trefoil Ranch Camp near Provo. As part of the design project, the authors hosted a year-long series of outreach events to expose Girl Scouts directly to women practitioners, to provide female student mentors in design-related programs, and to offer opportunities to visit architecture firms and construction sites.

The juror’s award winner in the student category is the University of Utah’s Graphic Design Department with Carol Sogard for an exhibition project titled “Exploring Sustainability.” This exhibition project was based on Sustainable Design Practice and featured projects created by students. These projects explore how principles of ecological sustainability and affiliated design strategies are applied to creative thinking and to the design process.

Lupton is senior curator of contemporary design at the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum in New York City. Recent museum projects include “Graphic Design — Now in Production,” an exhibition on national tour through 2014, co-organized by Cooper-Hewitt and the Walker Art Center. Lupton also serves as director of the graphic design MFA program at MICA (Maryland Institute College of Art), where she has authored numerous books on design processes, including Thinking with Type, Graphic Design Thinking, and Graphic Design: The New Basics.

DesignArts Utah sponsors this annual exhibition featuring designs, prototypes, and produced samples by designers in Utah’s various design fields. Further information is available online at If you have questions about the DesignArts Utah program or the exhibition, please contact Jim Glenn at or 801.245.7271.

Utah Arts & Museums Applauds NEA “Our Town” Grant to Salt Lake City – 31 July 2014

Utah Arts & Museums congratulates the Sorenson Unity Center and Salt Lake City Arts Council, recently announced as recipients of $75,000 in funding from the National Endowment for the Arts’ “Our Town” program. This funding category represents the NEA’s investment in creative placemaking, which funds projects that leverage the arts and engage design to make communities more livable with enhanced quality of life, increased creative activity, a distinct sense of place, and vibrant local economies that together capitalize on their existing assets.

The Sorenson Unity Center and Salt Lake City Arts Council’s project will support community engagement and diverse arts programming in the west-side neighborhoods of Salt Lake City. Project activities include the commissioning of public artworks, implementing guidelines and a standard review process for public art, engaging youth to serve as civic arts ambassadors, and hosting panel discussions to involve the community in implementation of arts priorities identified in the West Salt Lake Master Plan. Salt Lake City, Salt Lake Arts Council Foundation, and American Institute of Architects Utah Chapter will partner on engagement and public art selection.

“The NEA is leading a national conversation around how to do community development where the arts play a central role in bringing together diverse voices and perspectives to positively impact residents and visitors alike,” said the NEA’s newly appointed Chairman Jane Chu.

“We are so pleased to see Utah’s creative community efforts awarded at the national level in such a highly competitive program,” said Utah Arts & Museums Director Lynnette Hiskey. “We hope this recognition will draw attention to other creative community-building projects in Utah and inspire communities to partner with arts organizations and museums in solving problems and strategically shaping the physical and social characters of their neighborhoods.”

Link to announcement on NEA website:

Link to NEA “Our Town” project description:

“Devotees and Their Shrines” at Alice Gallery – 15 July 2014

Utah Arts & Museums announces “Devotees and Their Shrines – 2014,” an exhibition in the Alice Gallery, located inside the Glendinning Mansion. The show runs from July 18 through September 12, 2014. Gallery hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. The Glendinning Mansion is located at 617 E. South Temple in Salt Lake City.

This exhibition celebrates the 100-year anniversary of the publishing of Alice Merrill Horne’s 1914 treatise on the arts in Utah titled “Devotees and Their Shrines.” This exhibition consists of works from the State Fine Art Collection (also known as the Alice Art Collection), including some of the works Horne writes of in her book.

Alice Merrill Horne was born in Fillmore, Utah, in 1868. Thirty years later, Horne was elected to the 3rd Utah Legislature with her specific agenda to advance the arts in Utah. Once elected, she authored the legislation to create the Utah Arts Institute (forerunner to the Utah Arts Council, now known as the Division of Arts & Museums). This established the first state-sponsored arts agency in the nation. As part of the Arts Institute, an annual statewide visual arts competition was created from which paintings were purchased for the State Fine Art Collection. This practice of purchasing and accepting donations of Utah artists’ work has continued for 115 years, building a collection of more than 1,400 works in various media. Beyond her love of the arts agenda, Horne took up and promoted quality-of-life issues for Utah. Among many important issues, she was instrumental in setting aside land for the University of Utah and fought to improve air quality.

The Alice Gallery frequently features work from the State Fine Art Collection, as well as providing a free venue for emerging and established Utah artists to collaborate on exhibits and engage the community through art-making and dialogue. For more information on exhibition and other program opportunities, visit

“Spaces: Jarvis, Rice and Vincent” at Rio Gallery – 2 July 2014

Utah Arts & Museums announces the opening of the exhibition “Spaces: Jarvis, Rice and Vincent” at the Rio Gallery, located in the historic Rio Grande Depot at 300 S. Rio Grande Street, Salt Lake City. The show runs from July 18 – August 22, 2014. Gallery hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. An artist reception will be held on July 18 from 6 to 9 p.m. for Salt Lake Gallery Stroll.

“Spaces” artists Holly Jarvis, Andrew Rice and Marcus Vincent investigate the collective need for the spaces we construct and inhabit, and the spaces with which we interact and by which we define ourselves. We are all interconnected and part of a larger collective — or, as John Donne describes in his enduring poem “No Man Is an Island,” “a piece of the continent.” From personal spaces to family and community spaces, this interconnectedness is paramount to our survival, both individually and as a group. These spaces can provide protection or guidance, but they also can create isolation by inhibiting access. Each artist is addressing these issues through various media, creating a dynamic show of diverse aesthetics.

Through drawing, painting, collage and digital materials, Holly Jarvis’ works illustrate a wandering, rambling mental landscape. These scenes can become interiors; they are deconstructed, and spaces become void. Collaged materials reshape into ambiguous, organic systems that dominate each work, ultimately resting on fields of color or emptiness.

Andrew Rice’s works on paper bridge the gap between drawing and painting. Using oil sticks, he approaches the pieces as a printmaker, working in multiple layers that overlay one another. The end result is thick, heavy and dimensional on the paper. The works for this show reflect the same banal urban landscapes loosely depicted: layers built on top of each other, starting flat and changing over time with each added layer.

The work of Marcus Vincent has been influenced by an almost instinctive response to spaces, both in the material world and in our private, interior spaces. The works originate in an intuitive color scenario that is punctuated by found structural forms that serve as space definers in one sense, and invoke architectural forms in another. Working largely in water-based media, the unpredictability and spontaneity of the medium facilitates an organic, loosely controlled impression, sopping the canvas with various viscosities of acrylic paints and pigment.

“These artists were invited to collaborate on this endeavor after proposing exhibition ideas,” said Utah Arts & Museums Director Lynnette Hiskey. “We couldn’t be more pleased with the results of this creative collaboration. We relish the opportunity to introduce artists in our community and see them work together to produce amazing results.”

Call for Exhibition Proposals for Rio and Alice Galleries – 1 July 2014

Utah Arts & Museums’ Rio and Alice galleries are now accepting proposals for visual art exhibitions in 2015. Applications open July 7 with a deadline of September 1, 2014. The Rio and Alice galleries, in Salt Lake City, were created as a service to Utah artists. They provide free venues for emerging and established artists to collaborate on exhibits and engage the community through art-making and dialogue. Both galleries participate in the monthly Salt Lake Gallery Stroll and host public receptions on Gallery Stroll evenings.

We welcome proposals from artists, arts organizations and independent curators. Proposals may be for solo exhibitions, small group shows of two to eight artists, or larger curated/juried exhibits. All media are accepted, and all work must be original. We are also excited to announce that we recently received a grant to purchase equipment aiding in the display of new media works, including video and audio.

Exhibitions have been a program of the state since 1899. Utah Arts & Museums will exhibit the work of more than 125 Utah artists in 2014 as part of this program.

“Our program is unique in that not only do we display the work of Utah artists,” noted Utah Arts & Museums Director Lynnette Hiskey, “we also provide professional development and assistance for curation, coordination, artist statements and exhibit installation. Providing these services from start to finish is an invaluable service to Utah artists.”

To submit a proposal for exhibition, visit and download guidelines in the Galleries section.

Mondays in the Park Concerts Begin July 7 – 25 June 2014

Utah Arts & Museums is pleased to announce the performance schedule for the 2014 Mondays in the Park summer concert series. Featuring Utah artists and presented by Excellence in the Community and Utah Arts & Museums, these events feature music and dance performances rooted in the traditions of Utah’s ethnic communities.

“Mondays in the Park concerts are a great summer tradition,” said Utah Arts & Museums Director Lynnette Hiskey. “We have an excellent lineup of performing artists this year. We encourage everyone to bring lawn chairs, friends and family to join us for outdoor evenings celebrating Utah’s rich cultural heritage. We’ve also invited a selection of local craft artists to participate and display their work.”

Mondays in the Park concerts are held selected Mondays in July and August at 6:45 p.m. on the front porch of the Chase Home Museum of Utah Folk Arts, located in the center of Salt Lake City’s Liberty Park. Attendees can enter the park from 900 South or 1300 South at about 600 East.

July 7

Khemera Cambodian Dance Troupe was founded in 2000 by a group of young adults who wanted to help preserve the performing arts of Cambodia. Since that time, the troupe has shared more than 20 dances from the Khmer dance repertoire at various festivals in Utah and Wyoming.

Kenshin Taiko is a Salt Lake City-based group of international musicians dedicated to sharing this art form and the culture of the country where it originated. The group was founded by Laura Olson and Denise Nakashima, as taught by Kirstin Pauca, a member of the Kenny Endo Taiko Dojo in Hawaii. “Taiko” is Japanese for “drum.”

July 14

Yunuen Carrillo is one of Utah’s top mariachi music singers. Her stage presence, charisma and hard work have resulted in invitations to perform at many of the most important events in Utah’s Latin community. She has performed at well-known arts venues in Mexico, where she studied Mexican folklore, music and theater. Carrillo will be accompanied by experienced musicians and dancers.

July 21

Kargi Kala Kendra performs in the tradition of Bharata Natyam dance and is led by Sudha Kargi, a teacher and choreographer who studied in Chennai, India. She is the recipient of many fellowship awards from the Idaho Commission on the Arts, including the commission’s Governor’s Award in the Arts.

Amoon & Goga Group is an ensemble that has been playing traditional Pakistani music for 10 years. They often play at Pakistani community celebrations. All are residents of Utah.

July 28

Courtney Smith Gospel Group’s Courtney Smith started playing the piano by ear at age three, and by six he was playing gospel music at Salt Lake City’s Calvary Baptist Church. He earned a degree in music composition from the University of Utah and is fluent in jazz, R&B, rock and classical styles. Smith brings a talented group of artists together for a night that celebrates and honors the roots of gospel music.

August 4

Nino Reyos is of Laguna Pueblo and Ute heritage and is the founder of Two Shields Production Company. A teacher and an artist, Reyos is a master of the Native American flute and plays both traditional tunes and those of his own composition.

Harry James, born on the Navajo reservation, sings songs and promotes important traditions of his Diné heritage. An elder, veteran and community organizer, he weaves songs and stories accompanied by the hand drum.

August 11

Rio Bravo Band has played Tex-Mex conjunto music for almost every Living Traditions Festival for 29 years. Established by Anastacio and Elisa Castillo, the band’s second generation — daughters Chrystal and Sonya, and grandson Vinnie — play music from Texas, Mexico and other Latin American countries.

August 18

Monika Jalili Quartet brings to life the rich history of Iranian culture through music and poetry. Jalili’s entrancing selection of songs spans time and place; traditional Persian folk favorites stand alongside love songs from the 1940s to 1970s, a time of great cultural change in Iran. Using traditional and non-traditional instruments, her musicians combine their influences to present original interpretations of this music.



Art-o-mat creator Clark Whittington helps an art lover make a purchase.

Utah Arts & Museums introduces Utah’s first Art-o-mat, a cigarette vending machine that has been transformed to sell small pieces of art. Purchased in April 2014, this Art-o-mat is the creation of Artists in Cellophane (AIC), an organization based in North Carolina that encourages “art consumption by combining the worlds of art and commerce in an innovative form.” AIC believes art should be progressive, yet personal and approachable.

There are currently 100 active machines in various locations around the country. Utah Arts & Museum’s model will be housed primarily at the Rio Gallery in the Rio Grande Depot for 12 months while it’s under an exclusivity contract. After that, it will be leased to other organizations in Utah on a first-come, first-served basis.

At the Art-o-mat’s Utah debut at the Mountain West Arts Conference, 46 conference-goers fed the machine a five-dollar bill for a cigarette box-sized work of art. Utah’s machine holds work by 11 artists. Each artist includes a brief description of what’s inside, such as “earrings with a twist” or “alcohol ink painting,” and the works are as varied as you might imagine: tiny robots with movable arms and legs, barcode flip books, painted ceramic tiles, earrings, small paintings, and more.

There are approximately 400 contributing artists from 10 countries currently involved in the Art-o-mat project, and AIC says it is always searching for fresh work. Artists are asked to submit their art for review, and if they’re chosen, Art-o-mat pays them to create work that will then be distributed to machines all over the country. Each piece includes a small paper with contact information and details about the artist. Utah Arts & Museums hopes Utah artists will participate so that local talent can be represented in the project.

To learn more about Art-o-mat, visit

Utah Arts & Museums Awards Museum Grants – 16 June 2014

Utah Arts & Museums has granted approximately $365,000 to museums in 18 counties around the state, after receiving more than $545,000 in grant requests. Applications were accepted for development, project support and office grants. The $125,000 one-time bump in funding awarded from the State of Utah for fiscal year 2015 allowed Utah Arts & Museums to support several more museums than last year, and at higher funding levels. The purpose of these grants is to help museums develop projects to improve their professional skills in accepted museum practices; better preserve, exhibit and interpret their collections; and improve service to their communities. All funded museums are Certified Utah Museums.

“Utah museums are a vital force in the state’s cultural life, informing and entertaining millions of patrons each year,” said Utah Arts & Museums Director Lynnette Hiskey. “We’re pleased to offer this funding to help museums reach their broader goals.” Previously funded projects have supported collection management, storage and cataloging, progress toward state performance goals, and temporary staff to carry out funded projects.

Development grants are for museums open fewer than 1,000 hours per year, with a maximum award of $1,000. Project support grants have a maximum award of $15,000 and require a level of matching funds. Office grants support statewide museum services. Grant guidelines are available at under “Opportunities” and then “Grants.” Applications are reviewed by a panel of peers in the field and approved by the Utah Arts & Museums’ Office of Museum Services Advisory Board.

The next deadline for museum grants will be March 2015. For more information, please contact Laurie Baefsky at or 801.236.7550, or visit

FY15 Museum Development Grants

American Fork DUP Museum

Bountiful Historical Museum $993
Brigham City DUP Cabin $1,000
Coalville DUP Museum $500
Daggett County Museum $500
Fanny Powell Cropper DUP Museum $1,000
Highland DUP Cabin $1,000
Huntington Camp DUP Museum $1,000
Midland Camp DUP $500
Orderville Kane County DUP Museum $1,000
Plain City Camp DUP & John Carver Cabin $1,000
Stockton DUP Rush Valley Camp $500
Syracuse Museum & Cultural Center $1,000
Wellington Pioneer Log Cabin DUP Museum $1,000
Woods Cross Hogan Cabin DUP Museum $1,000
World of Puppetry Museum $1,000
Total $13,593
 FY15 Museum Office Grants

Utah Humanities Council

Utah Museums Association $20,000
Utah Nonprofits Association $10,000
Total $44,000

FY15 Museum Project Support Grants

Alf Engen Ski Museum $9,000
American West Heritage Center $4,500
Anasazi State Park Museum $6,000
Bluff Fort Historic Site $4,500
Box Elder Museum $7,500
Brigham City Museum-Gallery $6,000
BYU Museum of Art $15,000

BYU Museum of Peoples & Cultures                                                      $11,205

Clark Planetarium                                                                                  $4,950

Conservation Garden Park at Jordan Valley                                          $9,000

Discovery Gateway Children’s Museum                                                 $11,250

Dixie State U. Sears Art Museum Gallery                                               $7,500

Fielding Garr Ranch                                                                               $3,500

Fort Douglas Military Museum                                                                $4,500

Frontier Homestead State Park Museum                                               $9,000

Great Basin Museum                                                                              $3,962

Hill Aerospace Museum                                                                          $2,557

Historic Wendover Airfield                                                                      $7,500

John Wesley Powell River History Museum                                            $4,800

McQuarrie Memorial Pioneer DUP Museum                                            $4,500

Museum of Moab                                                                                   $5,908

Museum of the San Rafael Swell                                                           $3,135

Natural History Museum of Utah                                                           $5,800

Orem Heritage Museum                                                                        $4,500

Park City Historical Society & Museum                                                  $7,500

Red Butte Garden and Arboretum                                                        $13,081

Silver Reef Museum                                                                              $6,000

Southern Utah Museum of Art                                                              $4,250

St George Art Museum                                                                         $9,000

St George Dinosaur Discovery Site                                                       $4,000

Swaner Preserve and EcoCenter                                                         $9,000

Territorial Statehouse Park Museum                                                    $4,456

Thanksgiving Point                                                                               $11,250

The Leonardo                                                                                       $7,500

The Prehistoric Museum                                                                       $11,250

Thunderbird Foundation for the Arts                                                    $4,000

Tracy Aviary                                                                                         $10,500

Treehouse Children’s Museum                                                            $10,500

Utah State University Botanical Center                                               $11,250

USU Museum of Anthropology                                                             $11,180

Utah’s Hogle Zoo                                                                                 $4,500

Wasatch Mountain State Park Museum                                               $2,220

Western Mining & Railroad Museum                                                    $6,000

Wheeler Historic Farm                                                                         $4,500

Total                                                                                                   $308,004

“Collision: Ballstaedt, Crosby and Frioux” at Rio Gallery – 4 June 2014

Utah Arts & Museums announces the opening of the exhibition “Collision: Ballstaedt, Crosby and Frioux” at the Rio Gallery, located in the historic Rio Grande Depot at 300 S. Rio Grande Street, Salt Lake City. The show runs from June 13 through July 11, 2014. Gallery hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. An artist reception will be held on June 20 from 6 to 9 p.m. for Salt Lake Gallery Stroll.

“Collision” is a group show in which three artists — Andrew Ballstaedt, Lisa Crosby and Jonathan Frioux — explore principles such as color, movement and scale, resulting in a diverse display of styles and themes in their paintings. Each of these painters has his or her own relationship to the application of paint, from sharp lines to borderless, scumbled strokes, and yet among these various paint attitudes is a common thread: abstraction.

Painting like a mad manufacturer of hues, Ballstaedt creates work that can be described as color theory gone wild. Against this unrestrained urge is the control of brush in hand as each hue, without the use of tape, is painted to create gridded schemes. While each color is placed on top of the other, small shifts in alignment occur, generating sways and slants during which colors flash and flutter as they race around the palette.

Crosby roots herself in deep-gutted atmospheres and monumental compositions. She approaches her canvas like an alchemist of paint, allowing her pigments to dissolve, drip, swirl and seep from thick to thin. Vibrating colors often collide with windy atmospheres as opaque patterns add to the dreamy haze.

Frioux stretches and pulls the lines of longitude and latitude, occasionally turning them into nets or breaking for a window into space.  At a closer look, the unexposed dark layers seep through the bright stripes that illuminate the perimeters of the thick lines. Qualities of perspective, depth, interior and exterior, control and chaos are joined, resulting in anticipation and wonder.

“These three artists are a wonderful complement to one another,” said Lynnette Hiskey, Director of Utah Arts & Museums. “Their distinct styles of working give us a glimpse into the many exciting directions that contemporary painters are taking.”

New Utah Arts & Museums Change Leaders Certified – 20 May 2014

On Wednesday, April 30, 2014, Utah Arts & Museums recognized 11 certifying graduates of the Change Leader Institute, an innovative leadership development program for people interested in advancing their communities through culture and the arts. The certifying Change Leaders are:

Laura Brown, Moab Music Festival, Moab
Jenny Elizabeth, Jenny Elizabeth Fine Art Studio, Orem
Laura Gelfand, Utah State University, Logan
Julie Hollist, Cache Valley Visitors Bureau, Logan
Virginia Lee, Pioneer Craft House, South Salt Lake
Chris Lezama, Epicenter, Green River
Roger Morandi, Oquirrh Mountain Symphony, Herriman
Todd Robert Petersen, Southern Utah University, Cedar City
Samantha Sedivec, Salt Lake County’s Zoo Arts & Parks Program, Salt Lake City
Carrie Snow, LDS Church History Museum, Salt Lake City
Kathleen Stevenson, Weber State University ArtsBridge, Ogden

“The Change Leader network is enhancing Utah’s communities and beyond with exciting arts and cultural projects,” said Lynnette Hiskey, Director of Utah Arts & Museums. “We are delighted to welcome these newly certified graduates to the growing network, and we look forward to following their progress as they engage with fellow Change Leaders and with their communities.”

Change Leaders acquire communication and community-building skills in a three-day intensive training course and then design and complete a certification project applying what they have learned. Once certified, participants join a network of more than 180 Change Leaders across Utah who regularly convene, partner on projects, mentor each other and generate positive change. In recent years, the program has spread to Idaho and Colorado.

Among the ranks of Change Leaders are artists, museum professionals, mayors, executive directors, volunteers, professors, government employees, entrepreneurs and many others. What they have in common is a connection to arts and culture and a level of engagement in their communities.

Certification projects allow Change Leaders to use their training in a practical, individually meaningful way. Projects for this class of Change Leaders included:

  • Working with several departments on the quick-turnaround move and barcoding of 6,300 artifacts during a museum remodel
  • Turning unexpected executive turnover into an opportunity for strategic planning
  • Connecting higher-education art students to secondary-education classrooms
  • Rural economic development and downtown beautification
  • Navigating complex landlord/tenant relationships
  • Collaborating to bring a group of nationally known artists to three Utah university art museums in conjunction with an exhibit
  • Raising public and legislative awareness of the value of art to a healthy society and the benefits of art therapy
  • Finding creative solutions to organizational needs by enlisting board and staff members in defining the problem and designing a solution
  • Redesigning a website to better serve the needs of constituents and raise program awareness
  • Helping an institution of higher education implement a major curriculum shift
  • Taking the time to ask difficult questions when an association’s efforts have stalled

For more information about the Change Leader Program or a list of certified Change Leaders, visit or contact Wendi Hassan, whassan@utah.gov801.860.6396.