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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 www.designartsutah.org. If you have questions about the DesignArts Utah program or the exhibition, please contact Jim Glenn at jglenn@utah.gov or 801.245.7271.