Located in the grand lobby of the old Rio Grande Depot, the Rio Gallery was established as a service to Utah artists, providing a free venue for emerging as well as established artists to collaborate on exhibits and engage the community through art-making and dialogue.
Currently at the Rio Gallery:
February 21 – March 21, 2014
“Utah’s 15: The State’s Most Influential Artists” is a project of Artists of Utah/15 Bytes. This exhibition is a culmination of the “Utah’s 15″ project that began a year ago when 15 Bytes asked the public to nominate artists they believe have influenced the landscape of Utah art and culture.
They received 97 nominations from 70 individuals. Visual artists, dancers, actors, filmmakers, writers, architects and musicians were all considered for this honor. The public then voted for 15 of these worthy nominees. The 15 were announced at “Utah’s 35 x 35″ exhibition last year. Since then, 15 Bytes has been interviewing and photographing these artists for a book that will be available the night of the opening.
Laura Durham of Utah Arts & Museums headed this project in collaboration with 15 Bytes. “As an arts administrator, I find myself defending the arts on a regular basis,” she said. “I believe working in the arts is a viable profession that can be quite profitable if our society can recognize the value arts have.” She started this awards program and hopes it will inspire more people to recognize how art has enhanced their quality of life. “Many awards programs honor leadership in the arts, excellence in art or who is the most popular right now,” she noted. “As arts administrators, I recognize we have the position and power to create a widespread impact, but I want to celebrate influence from the creative individuals who are practicing the art that we promote, support and enjoy.”
The artists are Trent Alvey, Anna Campbell Bliss, Sandy Brunvand, Ruby Chacon, Paul Davis, Anne Cullimore Decker, John Erickson, Stephen Goldsmith, Brian Kershisnik, Frank McEntire, Bonnie Phillips, Brad Slaugh, Sam Wilson, Terry Tempest Williams and Joan Woodbury.
Location & Hours
Rio Grande Depot, 300 South Rio Grande Street (455 West), Salt Lake City
- 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday – Friday
- Open the following Saturdays from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. in conjunction with the Winter Market: February 22; March 8 and 22; April 5 and 19.
- Closed Sunday
Proposals for Rio Gallery Exhibitions
Proposals for exhibitions in March – July of 2015 will be accepted beginning July 7, 2014 and are due September 1, 2014. Be sure to download the guidelines and eligibility requirements prior to submitting your proposal online. Incomplete entries will not be accepted.
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