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Alice Gallery Presents New Work by Utah Artists in “Other Places” – 2 March 2015

SALT LAKE CITY —The Utah Division of Arts & Museums announces an exhibition entitled “Other Places” on display at the Alice Gallery from March 13-May 8, 2015. An opening reception will be held on April 17, from 6-9 p.m. during the Salt Lake Gallery Stroll.

Becoming familiar with our surroundings is one of our most primal urges as human beings.  There is a deep-seated desire to have an understanding and sense of place.  From the intimate space of the house to the expansive space of the landscape, we are keenly aware of our physical spatial realities.  The longing to investigate place occurs at every scale and is transcendent of culture. Through this exhibition artists Anna Laurie Mackay, Meredith Prévot and Jean Richardson explore the concept of place and, more specifically, the notion of “Other Places”.  As each of us are residents of Utah, we have strong influences from “this place,” but we are also bringing our individual experiences of living and traveling elsewhere to create our separate bodies of work for this exhibition.

Mackay’s work investigates emotional, psychological and physical relationships with place, and more specifically with landscape. The locations she depicts relate to the Midwestern landscape, and focus on the disconnect of becoming a transplant from the West to the Midwest.

Prévot’s paintings are explorations in the interaction of colors and patterns, and investigate a personal longing to understand places and cultures she has experienced. Textile design and decorative patterning are influences in her work.

Richardson is influenced and inspired by her experiences living in different climates and cultures. Richardson makes collections of objects, which she finds ignite as sense of comfort and wonder, or trigger memory. She reconfigures these objects into her sculptures and installations. Richardson is interested in depicting a poetic geography of place; her works explore the region between place and culture, between environment and imagination.

“We’re lucky to have these artists from such diverse backgrounds living and producing work here in Utah” says Utah Arts & Museum’s Director Lynnette Hiskey. “Their stories of other places and cultures are an important part of the artistic fabric of Utah.”

“Collective Experience” Brings Ecology of Talent to the Rio Gallery – 27 Feb. 2015

SALT LAKE CITY — Utah Arts & Museums announces the opening of the exhibition Collective Experience in the Rio Gallery, located in the historic Rio Grande Depot in Salt Lake City. Artists include Joey Behrens, Sandy Brunvand, Stefanie Dykes, Michael Handley, Jenevieve Hubbard, Satu Hummasti, Beth Krensky, Colin Ledbetter, Dawn Oughton, Suzanne Simpson and Jim Frazier, Heidi Somsen, Amie Tullius, and Lucia Volker.

Counter to the idea of the sole creative genius, the exhibiting artists subscribe to the idea of musician Brian Eno, who refers to a place in time where the intelligence of a whole group of people creates an “ecology of talent” that produces new thoughts and good new works. “Scenius” is Eno’s term for this scene of the collective experience. It is an experimental environment that leads to a very fertile and intelligent output.

Five years ago, over 80 individuals, including local artists, University of Utah educators, students, and Salt Lake City community leaders participated in Ernesto Pujol’s group performance presented at the Utah State Capitol in Salt Lake City, Utah. Awaiting, was a 12-hour meditative walking performance that lasted from sunset to sunrise, creating an ephemeral field for individual reflections on regional and personal themes.

Collective Experience at the Rio Gallery will highlight Eno’s idea of the collective inventive nature of the creative process. There is a clear connection between the “awaiting” experience and the subsequent artwork produced. You will encounter conceptual themes of walking, gender roles, embodiment, the gestural, site-specificity and notions of waiting in each of these art works.

“We are delighted about the concept of this exhibition” says Utah Arts & Museums director Lynnette Hiskey; “the idea that a group of artists have come together to examine and contemplate a shared experience over time is truly an exciting prospect and fertile ground for the production of excellent work.”

The Rio Gallery is located inside the Rio Grande Depot at 300 S. Rio Grande Street, Salt Lake City. The show runs from March 20 – April 29, 2015. Gallery hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday – Friday. An artist reception will be held on March 20, from 6-9 p.m. for Gallery Stroll.

Winning Utah Student Artists to Exhibit Work at Utah Capitol – 11 Feb 2015

SALT LAKE CITY — Twenty-six high school students will be given awards to celebrate their participation in the Utah Senate Visual Arts Scholarship Competition on the floor of the Senate, Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015 at 10:15 a.m. Each student will be presented their awards by their state senator. The event is in conjunction with Arts Day on the Hill.

Students were invited to submit art work with images of the Utah State Capitol in “celebration of Utah’s beautiful capitol building and in salute to the Utah Legislature working on behalf of Utah citizens.” The competition, an initiative of Senate President Wayne Niederhauser, is sponsored by the President’s office, Zions Bank, TAGA Corporation, Utah State Senate, Artworks for Kids, and the Utah Division of Arts and Museums.

“We were pleased with the amount of participation in this special art competition” says Utah Arts & Museums director Lynnette Hiskey. “Arts Day on the Hill is the perfect platform to showcase the bright and talented high school students in Utah and how the arts are an important part of their education.”

The winning art work will be exhibited on the third floor corridor of the Capitol through the 2015 Utah Legislative Session. The 1st place art work, Capitol Hill, a framed watercolor by Alyssa Bowman of Olympus High School in Granite School District, will remain permanently in the Utah Senate suite.

Scholarship awards of $5,000, $3,000, $1,000, $500 and $300 will be deposited into accounts for the students at the Utah Educational Savings Plan.

Students from Alpine, Beaver, Box Elder, Cache, Canyons, Davis, Emery, Granite, Iron, Jordan, Juab, Murray, Nebo, Ogden, Provo, Salt Lake City, San Juan, Washington, Weber School districts, charter and private schools participated – a total of 195 students from 20 of the 41 school districts.

The student winners are:
1st Place – Granite School District, Olympus High School – Alyssa Bowman

2nd Place – North Sanpete School District, North Sanpete High School – Keena Kleven

3rd Place – Salt Lake City School District, West High School – Chloe Kauffman

Honorable Mentions:
Nebo School District, Maple Mountain High School -Thomas Bastian
Granite School District, Cottonwood High School -Jessica Findlay
Iron School District, Cedar High School – Andrew Marchant
Davis School District, Sunset Jr. High – Madison Hawkins
Jordan School District, Bingham High School – Jeffrey Wang
Juan Diego Catholic High School, Sarah Liebrecht
Washington School District, Snow Canyon Middle School – Emily Schumacher
Emery County School District, Emery High School – Chase Fausett
Alpine School District, Timpanogos High School -Madeline Reinhard
Weber School District, Bonneville High School -Jessica L Moore
Alpine School District, Timpanogos High School – Rachel Miner
Granite School District, Skyline High School – Rebekah Ji Won Moon
Provo School District, Provo High School – Jennifer Spong
Davis School District, Woods Cross High School -McKenna Jensen
Paradigm High School, – Audrie Barlow
Juab School District, Juab High School – Kathryn Reese
Canyons School District, Hillcrest High School – Caroline-Anne Hollow
Davis School District, Bountiful High School – Ian Briggs
Murray School District, Murray High School – Mackenzie L Freeman
Beaver County School District, Beaver High School – Macayla Elwell
San Juan School District, San Juan High School – Isabelle Burge
Jordan School District, Bingham High School – Darcy Christiansen
Box Elder School District, Box Elder High School – Megan Davis

Arts Day on the Hill is an event administered by the Utah Cultural Alliance. The day will be filled with art-making, entertainment and networking for Utah’s arts communities and their legislators.

Utah Arts & Museums Re-launches Bite-Size Poetry Project – 4 Feb

SALT LAKE CITY — After a three-year hiatus, Utah Arts & Museums’ Literary Arts program is re-launching its Bite-Size Poetry project. The project features notable Utah poets reciting short poems they’ve written. TWIG Media Lab has created videos of the recitations, and a video will be released each month throughout 2015.

In January, Rob Carney read “What Any Stone Can Tell You.” Carney, a professor in the English department at Utah Valley University, is the author of three books and three chapbooks of poems, most recently Story Problems (Somondoco Press, 2011) and Home Appraisals (Plan B Press, 2012). He is the winner of the 2014 Robinson Jeffers Tor House Foundation Poetry Prize and the 2013 Poetry Prize. His work has appeared in Cave Wall, Mid-American Review, Redactions, Sugar House Review, and dozens of other journals, as well as in the anthology Flash Fiction Forward (W.W. Norton, 2006).

You can view Rob Carney’s Bite-Size video on YouTube.

February’s poet is Star Coulbrooke reading “Sky’s the Limit.” Coulbrooke teaches in the English department at Utah State University, where she directs the USU Writing Center and teaches writing workshops. She also coordinates Helicon West, a Cache Valley open readings/featured readers series. Her poems have been published in Poetry International, Ellipsis, Hunger Magazine, and others. Coulbrooke co-authored a chapbook, Logan Canyon Blend (Blue Scarab Press, 2003), with the late Kenneth W. Brewer, former Utah Poet Laureate.

Watch Star Coulbrooke’s Bite-Size video on YouTube.

“We’re thrilled to be reinstating our Bite-Size Poetry project,” says Utah Arts & Museums Director Lynnette Hiskey. “It was the brainchild of former Utah Poet Laureate Katharine Coles, and our current Poet Laureate, Lance Larsen, was one of our original Bite-Size Poets in 2009. It’s a wonderful way to infuse a little poetry into everyday life.”

To see videos of past Bite-Size Poets, visit our YouTube channel. For more information about the Literary Arts program, contact Alyssa Hickman Grove, or 801.236.7548.

Utah Artists Exploring Outside of Utah in the Alice Gallery – 22 Jan 2015

SALT LAKE CITY – Utah Arts & Museums announces a new exhibition featuring work from the State of Utah Fine Art Collection. “Utah Artists Elsewhere” will be on display at the Alice Gallery from Jan. 23 – March 6, 2015.

This exhibition features selected works by Utah artists interpreting non-Utah places and things. “Utah artists, like any other, travel the world and the Fine Art Collection reflects that” explains Collections Manager Jim Glenn. “It is interesting to see the artist’s interpretation of the world through their work and think about how much, if any, being a Utahn influences that interpretation.”

This exhibition includes its earliest work from the 1930s and spans through the end of the 20th Century.

Utah Arts & Museums Director Lynnette Hiskey says, “The career trajectory of Utah artists is a fascinating story. Many of our artists traveled abroad and some were fortunate to study with some of the most famous artists the world had to offer. From destinations like Chicago, New York, Paris, Italy; to studying at some of the most reputable art colleges and academies; earning the most sought after scholarships; and exhibiting at the largest national and international art fairs; Utah artists have offered an immense contribution on an international scale, while enriching the local landscape in an invaluable way.”

One of the works, Fanongo Kia Hiko by Brigham Young University professor Joseph Ostraff, was created as a result of one of his many visits to Tonga. “While living on the island of Foa in Tonga, my family and I met Hiko, a nobleman from the neighboring island of Kau Vai” recalls Ostraff.  “He was the living heir from a family line with the ability to call in schools of skipjack tuna. While we were there, Hiko went out into the bay and called in the fish. Both our villages ate tuna for weeks to come. There were several ‘tapu’ associated with the event. The most significant condition being that all the fish caught must be shared among the people and not sold for profit. This painting is about the movement from myth to belief founded in shared experience. Going abroad has enabled me to return to Utah and to appreciate the diversity found in my own backyard.​”

Other artists include: James Taylor Harwood, Francis L. Horspool, Edward Maryon, Rosalind Newmark, JH Stansfield, Florence E. Ware, along with many others. Gallery hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. The Alice Gallery is located in the Glendinning Mansion, located at 617 E. South Temple in Salt Lake City.

Fellowship Retrospective Exhibition at the Rio Gallery – 2 Jan 2015

The Utah Division of Arts & Museums will honor past visual arts fellowship winners in an exhibition entitled “Next: 12 Visual Art Fellows.” The exhibition highlights the work of twelve recent visual arts fellows beginning in 2009. It will be on display at the Rio Gallery from Jan. 16 – March 13, 2015.

Since 1986 the Utah Division of Arts & Museums has awarded the Visual Arts Fellowship to professional visual artists in Utah to acknowledge their artistic excellence and encourage the advancement of their careers. Each year, a prominent American visual arts professional outside of Utah is selected to jury the submissions from visual artists across Utah. The juror recognizes two artists each year. These fellows represent the next generation of artists engaging in a variety of media and practices in contemporary art-making; they’re having conversations about regional landscapes, culture and issues unique to Utah, as well as commenting on topics relating to broader, global issues.

Artists featured in this retrospective include: Jan Andrews, Colby Brewer, James Charles, Jared Lindsay Clark, Al Denyer, Christopher Gauthièr, Mark Hedengren, Joseph Ostraff, Kathy Puzey, Josh Winegar, Wendy Wischer, and David Wolske.  Division Director, Lynnette Hiskey explains, “This exhibition provides a snapshot of visual arts excellence occurring in Utah. We’re proud to have these artists call Utah home while making valuable contributions to the art world on a national stage.”

Al Denyer (Salt Lake City) was awarded the Visual Arts Fellowship in 2011. She says, “I feel the Fellowship has helped to further my career in numerous ways. I used the award to fund the rental of a much-needed larger studio space. I was able to work on a series of large-scale artworks and create two new bodies of work, which have been widely exhibited in both national and international exhibitions.”

Currently Utah Arts & Museums is awarding two $10,000 Fellowship Awards annually. Artists practicing in a variety of media such as painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, sculpture, craft, and new genres are eligible. The next deadline for the Visual Arts Fellowship is February 2, 2015.

Utah Division of Arts & Museums Seeks Nominations for Arts Leaders – 19 Dec 2014

The Utah Division of Arts & Museums seeks nominations for the 2015 Governor’s Leadership in the Arts Awards. Four awards are given annually in conjunction with Utah Arts and Museums’ Mountain West Arts Conference. This year the conference will be held on Thursday, May 7, 2015 at the Utah Cultural Celebration Center in West Valley City.

The Governor’s Awards in the Arts were established in 1980 to recognize individuals and organizations that make outstanding contributions to the cultural life of Utah. In 2007, the awards adapted to honor those who have demonstrated exemplary leadership in the arts. Today, the Governor’s Leadership in the Arts Awards recognizes those qualities that advance the arts for the people and communities in our state. “The amount of leadership and dedication in our communities is astounding” says Lynnette Hiskey, director of Utah Arts & Museums, “and we all benefit from their commitment to the arts.”

Last year, the awards went to the City of St. George, Spy Hop Productions, Timpanogos Storytelling Institute, and Shirley Ririe.

Nomination forms can be found online and submitted via email to Kirsten Darrington, Assistant Director of Utah Arts & Museums.

The deadline for submission is February 15, 2015.

Utah Division of Arts & Museums will award $10,000 to Visual Artists for Outstanding Work – 20 Dec 2014

Each year, Utah Arts & Museums recognizes the substantial contribution artists are making by offering a $10,000 fellowship award to two outstanding professional artists. Last year’s recipients were Wendy Wischer and David Wolske, both of Salt Lake City.

“Utah Arts & Museums has a mission to acknowledge and encourage the careers of Utah artists,” says Director Lynnette Hiskey. “Each year the remarkable and notable accomplishments of Utah’s visual artists bring national attention to the state for artistic achievement. It’s important to us to recognize and support these artists for their critical work.”

The artists are chosen by an esteemed juror, recognized for his/her accomplishments and accolades in the field of visual art. The juror for 2015 will be Cameron Martin. Cameron Martin is an artist who lives in Brooklyn, New York. His paintings, drawings and printed works deal with the imaging of the natural world and have been shown internationally. In addition to solo shows at galleries in the United States, Japan and Europe, he has had one-person exhibitions at the Saint Louis Art Museum and the Philbrook Museum of Art in Tulsa, Okla.  He has participated in numerous group exhibitions, including the 2004 Whitney Biennial, and roundabout at the City Gallery Wellington, New Zealand, which traveled to the Tel Aviv Museum.  He has received several awards including a Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant in 2008 and a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2010. His work is part of many museum collections, including the Albright Knox Art Gallery, the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Seattle Art Museum, and the Whitney Museum of American Art.

Applying artists must be Utah residents not enrolled in a degree or certificate-granting program. Applications are available on Jan. 1. 2015 and will be accepted through Feb. 2, 2015. Applications and guidelines available at

For more information please contact: Felicia Baca, Visual Arts Manager at 801.245.7272, or email

Exhibition at the Utah State Capitol Highlights the Work of Utah Women – 9 Dec 2014

“Women Artists of Utah” celebrates a selection of remarkable works by Utah women. Women have always been active and essential participants in our cultural heritage. This exhibit includes a variety of works, from early Utah masters to present-day emerging and established artists who have contributed to Utah’s rich artistic history. The breadth of work on view showcases a spectrum of artistic styles, from the collection’s inception in 1899 to work being produced by Utah’s contemporary women artists. “Women have always played an important role in the arts; especially in Utah as Alice Merrill Horne, who once elected to the legislature in 1899, established what is now the Utah Division of Arts & Museums” says Utah Arts & Museums director Lynnette Hiskey. “We are proud to own so many important works of art by Utah’s talented women.” The exhibition will be on display in the Utah State Capitol Building Dec. 23 – Mar. 13, 2015 on the fourth floor gallery.

One of those talented women is Susan Makov. “I have had great teaching colleagues and wonderful artist friends. There has never been a question of their talent or passion for their work. But of course passion alone does not make a career; there must be opportunity as well,” says Makov. “In large cities like New York, one may find opportunities to show work at influential and eminent institutions like the Museum of Modern Art. I chose to teach as my main career, and Utah and the American West offered me great prospects on that path. I know that being a professional artist means perseverance and dedication to the calling over decades and making a living doing it, like any other professional.”

Keisha Goeckeritz, whose piece Scribbles No. 10 was just purchased in 2013 when she was a student, will also be featured in this exhibit.  “I’ve always thought of myself as any other person that’s an artist, but there’s this worry that women artists tend to forfeit their abilities to obscurity.” Goeckeritz continues, “To me, being an artist isn’t a career, it’s what I am.”

If you have questions about this exhibit or the State of Utah Fine Art Collection, please contact Jim Glenn at or 801.245.7271 or Emily Johnson 801.363.0298

Arts Project A & B
(2 grant deadlines)

Guidelines (Available March 30, 2015)
To enable organizations and groups, whose primary mission may or may not be arts-based, to develop and provide arts-based projects to the general public.  This opportunity is also available to individual folk artists. Funding Range: $500 to $2,000

Deadlines: May 29, 2015 (for projects occurring between July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2016) November 13, 2015 (for projects occurring between January 1, 2016 to June 30, 2016)