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“Art in Your Home” to Benefit Transitional Housing Community – 11 Sep 2014

Utah Arts & Museums is pleased to announce “Art in Your Home,” an exciting program in partnership with Palmer Court in Salt Lake City. Palmer Court, managed by The Road Home, is a permanent supportive housing complex for individuals and families that have experienced chronic homelessness.

“In each home should hang a good picture, no matter how small,” stated Alice Merrill Horne, one of the first female state lawmakers and founder of Utah Arts & Museums — the oldest state-funded arts agency in the nation, founded in 1899. Over the years, Utah Arts & Museums has amassed a collection of paintings, drawings, photographs and prints that were submitted by Utah artists but were never signed or claimed by their creators. Selling the art seemed inappropriate, said Utah Arts & Museums Director Lynnette Hiskey. Hiskey made it clear that these works are not part of the Utah Fine Art Collection, which is a highly valuable collection of noted Utah artists, but rather art created by local artists for monthly exhibitions.

Utah Arts & Museums staff came up with the idea of donating the art to residents in transitional housing. “Sometimes the smallest things can make a huge difference,” Hiskey said. “We thought this project was an important way to honor the amazing legacy of our founder while serving the community in a meaningful way.”

“While art may seem a trivial issue in the greater context of homelessness, having a piece of art that can inspire, uplift and create light in an individual’s life can be a boon to those individuals who are struggling so hard to turn their lives around,” said Pamela Atkinson, a longtime homeless advocate and advisor to Utah Governor Gary R. Herbert.

“The Road Home appreciates the generosity and creativity of the Utah Division of Arts & Museums’ ‘Art in Your Home’ project. What an ingenious way to brighten the lives and help enhance the homes of our clients while honoring their success in transitioning into housing,” noted Matt Minkevitch, Executive Director of The Road Home.

“We were interested in making the transition to housing a celebration and want to offer the residents some of the comforts of home they may not otherwise have,” said Visual Arts Manager Felicia Baca. “The power of art in people’s lives is enriching and multifaceted, and we want to foster that.”

Residents of Palmer Court have signed up to choose works of art for their homes. The distribution of the artwork will take place on September 12 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Palmer Court.

“Between Worlds” Opens at the Alice Gallery – 11 Sep 2014

Utah Arts & Museums announces the opening of “Between Worlds,” an exhibition of photographs by Bernard C. Meyers, at the Alice Gallery in the Glendinning Mansion. The show runs from September 19 to November 14, 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. An opening reception will be held on September 19 from 6 to 9 p.m. for Gallery Stroll. “Between Worlds” is the first of future solo exhibitions to be featured at the Alice Gallery.

Bernard C. Meyers is a Utah-based contemporary artist and fine art photographer recognized internationally as a master printer, artist, photographer and teacher. Meyers’ passion for gardens and greenhouses is visualized in his distinctive images that combine man-made structures and screens with organic flora while exploring other realms of consciousness.

Meyers states, “The narrative here is about an elusive place, the vantage point between the world of our constructed socialized realities and everything else beyond. It is about a waking dream, a personal spiritual experience. This is about other realms of consciousness. Science, religion and philosophy all flirt with the idea that we function on more than one plane of existence simultaneously, and that acceptance alone opens the possibility of other worlds. My hope is that these photographs transcend the everyday, the documentary, to become something ripe with intrigue and mystery.”

Meyers’ prints are held in public, private and corporate collections nationwide, including the Portland Museum of Art and the State of New York. Meyers earned an MFA at Rochester Institute of Technology in traditional etching and stone lithography and a BFA in photography as a fine art. He has taught art and photography at the University of New England, the University of Southern Maine and the Maine Media Workshops.

The Rio and Alice galleries 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. For more information, visit

New Visual Arts Scholarship Competition for Grades 9-12 – 4 Sep 2014

Utah Arts & Museums — in conjunction with the generous support of Senate President Wayne Niederhauser, the Utah State Senate, and the Utah Educational Savings Plan — is pleased to announce a visual arts scholarship competition for Utah students.

All Utah students in grades 9-12 are eligible to participate. The competition is sponsored by President Niederhauser and the Utah Senate in an effort to challenge Utah students to express their creativity. The Utah Senate will reward outstanding students with scholarships to support their college and career goals. The Utah State Capitol building is the subject from which students will draw inspiration.

The competition is administered by Utah Arts & Museums and welcomes two-dimensional, original visual art images of the exterior of the Utah State Capitol building and/or architectural features of the building. The following media are eligible: oil, pen and ink, watercolor, printmaking, graphic design, and digital drawing. Scholarship funds will be deposited into a new or existing Utah Educational Savings Plan account in the name of the student. The scholarship award categories are: 1st place — $5,000; 2nd place — $3,000; 3rd place — $1,000; 4-10th places — $500; and 11-25th places — $300.  Entries are due November 14, 2014 and will be judged December 1-12, 2014. Each school district will determine which students advance to the state competition.

“In many ways, Utah is a light to the nation,” said President Niederhauser. “Our Capitol building, which is nearly 100 years old, reflects that light. It stands as a remarkable monument to the dreams of our founders, as well as the success of our working democratic republic. I want to highlight this great symbol and feature Utah’s bright and talented students by encouraging them to portray the Capitol through art.”

“We’re delighted to be part of this endeavor to nurture the creativity of Utah students,” said Utah Arts & Museums Director Lynnette Hiskey. “The Utah State Capitol is a beautiful building and a fitting subject for this competition.”

Winners will be announced in January and scholarships awarded during the 2015 legislative session. The top 25 entries will be on exhibition in the Utah State Capitol Building. The first- place entry will become the property of the Senate and be exhibited in the Senate suite. All other work will be returned to students at the end of the 2015 legislative session.

The guidelines can be found here. For more information, please contact Jean Tokuda Irwin at 801.245.7288 or

“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