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“Untitled”

Artwork by Laura Sharp Wilson

“Untitled” by Laura Sharp Wilson

What’s in a name? When you approach a painting in a museum or gallery is reading the title one of the first things you do? Does that affect your perception of the piece? How necessary is a title when it comes to art? Many artists find it a bother and use the default “Untitled” when it comes time to label their work. Perhaps they want the work to speak for itself and let the viewer decide what it means to them.

Back in 2004 Utah Arts & Museum’s began hosting a biannual “Untitled” exhibit and now, it’s time to take that show on the road. Instead of a title, the work comes with a pile of tags that invite the visitors to examine the artwork and decide what they think it should be called. We don’t often realize how we are affected by the images around us. This exhibit forces us to think about it, put it on paper and share it with everyone else. It’s also an unconventional and anonymous way for artists to get honest feedback about their work. We want your insights. And who knows? Maybe the artist will keep your title.

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2013-2014 Traveling Schedule

August 30 – September 30 ~ Western Heritage Museum, Vernal
October 3 – November 1 ~ Dixie College Art Department, St. George
November 4 – December 2 ~ West Jordan High School, West Jordan
January 8 – February 26 ~ Weber State University Library, Ogden
February 28 – April 11 ~ Canyon Community Center, Springdale
May 2 – May 30 ~ Jeremy Ranch Elementary, Park City