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Original Writing Competition

Established in 1958, the competition identifies and awards Utah writers for works of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry in the form of short stories, essays, poems, and full-length manuscripts for readers of all ages. Submissions must be original works. They cannot be published or accepted for publication at the time of entry. Manuscripts will be reviewed in a blind process by five to seven judges selected from outside of Utah.

Past award winners have included Ron Carlson, former Utah Poet Laureates David Lee, Ken Brewer, and Katharine Coles, current Utah Poet Laureate Lance Larsen, Pam Houston, Lyman Hafen, Margaret I. Rostkowski, John Bennion, Scott Cairns, Rod Carney, and Susan Howe. There is no entry fee for the competition, and it is open to all Utah residents.

Competition Applications & Guidelines

The 2014 competition will open April 1 and close June 27 at 5 p.m. The 2014 competition guidelines are available HERE.

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2013 Winners

Category A: Novel, judged by Brian Evenson

  • First place: The Ghost Town Preservation Society by Julie C. Simon (Cedar City)
  • Second place: Nectar in a Sieve by Gene Washington (Logan)
  • Honorable Mention: Ransom by Spencer Hyde (Provo)

Category B: Biography/Autobiography/History, judged by Steven Davis

  • First place: Peach Blossoms and Pearl Harbor by Afton L. Wilkins (Farmington)
  • Second place: Mob Control – How I Almost Learned to Teach High School by Vickie S. Ericksen (Lehi)
  • Honorable Mention: None chosen

Category C: Book-length Collection of Short Stories, judged by Becky Bradway

  • First place: Robot Action Pinball by Jason P. Olsen (Price)
  • Second place: These Things Are as Difficult as They Seem by Kate Elizabeth Finlinson (Salt Lake)
  • Honorable Mention: Look Me in the Stars by Christopher B. Husberg (Lehi)

Category D: Young Adult Book, judged by Kurtis Scaletta

  • First place:  Wink! A Mixed Up Night’s Dream by Kelley JP Lindberg (Layton)
  • Second place: The Cave Troll Man by John S. Bennion (Provo)
  • Honorable Mention: Poisoned Apple Inc. by Zach Largey (Orem)
  • Honorable Mention: The Nettle Spinner by Cathleen Barney (Orem)

Category E: Poetry, judged by David Romtvedt

  • First place: “The Mailman in the Forest” by Lisa R. Roullard (Salt Lake)
  • Second place: “Arrows Pointing Out the Moon” by Rob Carney (Salt Lake)
  • Honorable Mention: “The Marriage of the Moon and the Field” by Sunni B Wilkinson (Ogden)

Category F: Short Story, judged by Eileen Pollack

  • First place: “Empty” by Nate Liederbach (Salt Lake)
  • Second place: “Gifted” by Rachel Borup (Salt Lake)
  • Honorable Mention: “Concentration Camp Stories for Doggies” by Anne Vinsel (Salt Lake)

Category G: Narrative Nonfiction/Personal Essay, judged by Michelle Seaton

  • First place: “Manure” by Dianne Hardy (Logan)
  • Second place: “A Mother’s Tale” by Betsy Lynn Ross (Salt Lake)
  • Honorable Mention: “Fog” by Lorraine Jeffery (Orem)

Past Competitions

Questions?

Contact Jean Tokuda Irwin via email or call 801.533.5760

Mountain West Arts Conference – May 1, 2014

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The MWAC is designed to help individuals and organizations in the creative industries access essential resources and create community connections. The design for this year’s conference features a detail of the painting Float, by Sunny Belliston Taylor, purchased by Utah Arts & Museums in 2013 for the State Fine Art Collection.

Conference Details

Location: Utah Cultural Celebration Center
1355 West 3100 South – West Valley City, Utah 84119
Map and Driving Directions

Accommodations

Schedule

Presenter Bios

Workshop Descriptions

Click HERE to watch a video from last year’s conference.

Keynote Speaker

Doug Borwick is author of “Engaging Matters,” a blog for ArtsJournal and author/editor of Building Communities, Not Audiences: The Future of the Arts in the U.S.

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For decades, portents of a dire future have haunted nonprofit cultural institutions struggling to weather increasing economic difficulties and survive in a rapidly changing society. But, like the public reaction to warnings of global climate change, on the whole, the arts industry’s response to growing challenges has been limited. Our mental models of the relationship between the arts and society and of the nature of arts organizations are so deep-seated, so internalized that they remain fundamentally unchanged. As a result, many, if not most, efforts to change are closer in nature to rearranging deck chairs than re-engineering the vessel to make it more seaworthy.

Much discussion has taken place recently about the need for revised business models in the arts. While business models are important, the real issue that needs to be addressed is a deeper one. Arguably, re-evaluating our “mission model” is even more critical than finding the right business model. For the arts industry to survive, a fundamental, mission-level change to a true focus on and relationship with the broad community is essential.

Governor’s Leadership in the Arts Awards

The Governor’s Leadership in the Arts Awards are presented annually in conjunction with the Mountain West Arts Conference. The awards recognize those qualities that advance the arts for the people and communities in our state and are Utah’s highest honor in the arts.

We are happy to announce the 2014 Governor’s Leadership in the Arts Awards recipients. Please join us in honoring these great Utah leaders.

Sponsor a table at the Governor’s Leadership in the Arts Awards:

We gratefully acknowledge our 2014 Governor’s Leadership in the Arts Awards Table Sponsors:

Arts Benefactor

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Arts Patron

Hale Centre Theatre  -  Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company

Salt Lake Acting Company  -  Spy Hop Productions

Utah Chamber Artists  -  Utah Shakespeare Festival

Utah Symphony | Utah Opera

Utah Valley University School of the Arts

WSU Telitha E. Lindquist College of Arts & Humanities

Arts Supporter

Salt Lake Community College School of Arts, Communication & Media

Utah Festival Opera & Musical Theatre  -  Zions Bank

Media Sponsors

Contact Alyssa Hickman Grove, agrove@utah.gov or 801.236.7548 for information about media sponsorship.

Questions?

Contact Jason Bowcutt or call 801.236.7554

Search the State Art Collections

State Art Collections

Fine Arts Collection

State Fine Art Collection In 1899, State Representative Alice Merrill Horne sponsored a bill to create a state arts organization and establish a state collection of artwork. In honor of that sponsorship, the collection was named the “Alice Art Collection.” The continued acquisition of artwork by Utah artists comes from purchases selected by the Collection Acquisition Committee and generous donations from patrons and artists.Image: Helen, Lee Greene Richards, oil on canvas, 1911

Folk Arts Collection 

Folk Art Collection The only state museum of its kind in the country, the Chase Home Museum of Utah Folk Arts has become the place where traditional art and artists from Utah’s ethnic, native, occupational and rural communities share their craft, music and dance with their own communities, their Utah neighbors and with tourists from around the world.Image: Home of the Butterflies Basket, Mary Holiday Black, 1995

Public Art Collection 

 Public Art Collection In 1985, the Legislature passed the Utah Percent-for-Art Act, which designates 1% of construction costs of new and/or renovated state public buildings is added to the project for the purpose of commissioning, maintaining and conserving site specific art at, on, or in the facility. There are over 200 pieces in the Utah Public Art Collection, including a broad range of media from textiles and glass to stone and metal monumental works.Image: Rainbow Cloud, Frank Nockos, aluminum and pigment, 1994; Located at the Utah State Hospital Adult Psychiatric Facility in Provo

Traveling Exhibit Collection

Traveling Exhibit Program The Traveling Exhibits Program (TEP), sponsored by the Utah Division of Arts & Museums, is a collaborative partnership with museums, colleges, university and community galleries, arts and cultural centers, libraries and schools in the State of Utah. This program brings the collections and resources of the Division and special exhibits provided by various organizations to you and your community.Image: From the Hills, Sandy Brunvand, Saltgrass Printmakers

Unclaimed Art 

 Unclaimed Art We store two art collections: one is made up of artwork that we’ve purchased or that has been gifted to us. The other is made up of artwork we’ve traveled or displayed over the years. Some of these pieces we’ve had for one year, some for ten. Even after numerous attempts to track down the artists, they have yet to be picked up by their owner. Some of the pieces have lost their labels. Regardless, we don’t know to whom they belong. Can you help us identify the owners of this unclaimed art?

ArtOps

General Arts | Visual Arts

ArtOps is dedicated to bringing art opportunities to Utah artists. Opportunities are from local, national and international sources, and include various funding sources, exhibitions, and residencies & professional development. Click on the menu items above for your interest area.

(Please review these opportunities thoroughly. They are listed here as a service, but they are not administered by Utah Arts & Museums.)

For Public Art Opportunities, please click here.

General Art Opportunities

  • The Princess Grace Foundation nominations for dance apprenticeships and fellowships are now open. Nominations of outstanding emerging artists are invited from artistic directors of non-profit dance companies and the deans or department chairs of professional, non-profit schools where dance performance is the focused discipline of study.
    Deadline: April 30, 2014
  • The Princess Grace Foundation nominations for a choreography fellowship are invited from artistic directors of professional dance companies and directors of organizations/festivals hosting residencies for emerging chorographers that culminate in a public performance. University residencies are not eligible.
    Deadline: April 30, 2014
  • Host an intensive, two-and-a-half-day design workshop by applying for the National Endowment for the Arts’ Citizens’ Institute on Rural Design. The program seeks to raise awareness about the role of design, empower citizens to play a role in the development of their communities, equip participants with tools and techniques, strengthen the work and partnerships of individuals and organizations, provide a forum for rural technical assistance, provide participants with access to best practices, and contribute to the creation of a community of practice for rural design.
    Deadline: May 6, 2014
  • Challenge America Fast Track grants from the National Endowment for the Arts extend the reach of the arts to underserved populations – those whose opportunities to experience the arts are limited by geography, ethnicity, economics, or disability.
    Deadline: May 8, 2014
  • The Utah Commission on Service and Volunteerism will be accepting applications for the operation of Utah State AmeriCorps programs, providing support to nonprofits, community organizations, and public agencies committed to addressing critical issues in areas such as education, public safety, health, economic opportunity, the environment and other human needs. Grantees and sponsoring organizations are responsible for recruiting, selecting, and managing members. Program operation will begin in Fall 2014. Those interested must attend mandatory AmeriCorps Funding Technical Assistance Meetings. See here for more information.
    Mandatory Trainings: March 12-21, 2014
    Deadline: May 10, 2014
  • The National Science Foundation’s Antarctic Artists and Writers Program furnishes U.S. Antarctic Program operational support and round-trip economy air tickets between the United States and the Southern Hemisphere, to artists and writers whose work requires them to be in the Antarctic to complete their proposed project.
    Deadline: May 31, 2014
  • Presenters can bring international artists to their stages through CenterStage, an exchange program of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Ensembles from selected countries tour the U.S. to engage Americans in cultural diplomacy as a way to create opportunities for greater understanding.
    Deadline: Ongoing

Visual Arts

Local | National & International | Residencies & Professional Development | Rolling Deadlines

Local

  • The University of Utah President’s Gallery Committee is pleased to announce an inaugural art exhibition featuring work by current students, faculty and staff (the entire learning community). Visual artists working in all media, from any department, are invited to submit up to three examples of their work to be juried by the members of the President’s Gallery Committee for inclusion in the exhibition. Added 3/20/2014
    Deadline: April 18, 2014
    EXHIBITION
  • Board members of the Cedar City Arts Council are initiating an Art Walk program, including Final Friday special events, during the months of June, July, and August in the downtown area of Cedar City. Artists are invited to apply for consideration to be a featured artist. For more information, contact cedarcityartwalks@gmail.com. Added 4/16/2014
    Deadline: April 22, 2014
  • Art Access is holding a call for proposals for Integrated Arts in Utah Schools including Artist-In-Residence, Special Projects, and Art Festivals. Allocations are intended for children receiving special education services (ages 3-22). Added 3/20/2014
    Deadline: April 30, 2014
    FUNDING
  • The Covey Center for the Arts, The Terra Nova Gallery, The Utah County Art Gallery, the Bill J. and Norma P. Anderson Art Gallery and the Mary Stuart Rogers Art Gallery in the Provo City Library at Academy Square are inviting interested artists to submit artwork for the purpose of exhibiting in their seven galleries at The Third Annual Summer Art Showcase. $15 entry fee. For full guidelines, please email dmorin@provo.org. Added 3/26/2014
    Deadline: May 1, 2014
    EXHIBITION/COMPETITION
  • Applications are now open for the 6th Annual Craft Lake City DIY Festival, presented by Harmons. Applications will be accepted for all categories: artisans, craft foodies, DIY engineers, commercial vendors, vintage vendors, food vendors, buskers and performers. Added 4/16/2014
    Deadline: May 5, 2014
    EXHIBITION
  • The Utah Arts Festival is calling for visual artists who are interested in the 2014-2015 gallery season. Entries to participate in the Utah Arts Festival Gallery for Fall 2014-Spring 2015 are now being accepted. Added 4/16/2014
    Deadline: May 5, 2014
    EXHIBITION
  • FRIENDS of Great Salt Lake has established The Alfred Lambourne Prize, an annual recognition and celebration of regional creativity inspired by our inland sea. Administered by FRIENDS’ Arts & Science Committee, the prize invites creative work inspired by the Lake in the forms of visual arts, writing, sound, and dance. A jury of community professionals will select works from submissions to be exhibited annually. That same jury will award one prize of $1,000 to the work that most speaks to the inspiration and wonder that our Lake evokes.
    Deadline: May 15, 2014
    FUNDING/AWARD
  • The Midway Art Association in Midway, UT seeks entries for the 9th Annual Wasatch Plein Air Paradise, June 27–July 5, 2014. Utah’s largest plein air competition has more than $8,500 in cash and purchase awards. Added 4/16/2014
    Deadline: Early-bird before June 15, 2014
    COMPETITION
  • The Bountiful Davis Art Center is now accepting applications for vendors for Summerfest International, an arts and crafts festival. Added 3/20/2014
    Deadline: Not specified
    EXHIBITION

National & International

  • The Embler Art Gallery is holding a competition open to artists anywhere in the world,18 years of age or older, for exhibition inside airline club lounges in Miami International, JFK International and GRU International airports. Drawings, paintings, printmaking, photography, digital art, and mixed media are eligible. Media not accepted: video/film, wearable art (clothing or jewelry), installation art, free-standing sculpture. All works submitted must be original in design and concept. Added 3/26/2014
    Deadline: April 21, 2014
    EXHIBITION
  • Art Fusion Galleries proudly announces our 3rd Annual International Fine Arts Competition. This competition embraces and welcomes artists who strive to become tomorrow’s contemporary masters. Art Fusion Galleries is located in the heart of Miami’s Wynwood Art District and is known as the preeminent gallery in Miami for integrating the best of emerging to mid-career artists from around the globe. Added 12/5/2013
    Deadline: May 1, 2014
    COMPETITION
  • We are now accepting entries for the Hudson Valley Art Association’s 82nd Annual National Juried Exhibition, to be held at the Salmagundi Club Gallery in NYC, September 20 – 26, 2014. $12,000 in Merit Awards for traditional representational art. Added 3/20/2014
    Deadline: May 1, 2014
    EXHIBITION
  • Coos Art Museum (Coos Bay, OR) continues its tradition of hosting an annual Maritime Art Exhibition on the scenic southern Oregon Coast. The 21st Annual Maritime Art Exhibition is officially recognized and co-sponsored by the American Society of Marine Artists. Added 3/20/2014
    Deadline: May 3, 2014
    EXHIBITION
  • Call for entries for the 7th annual Northern National Art Competition (WI). This juried national competition is open to artists who are 18 or older and are living in the United States. Work may be in any medium, but it must be original, recently completed and designed to hang on a wall. There is no theme. We are looking for a varied exhibit of contemporary American art. This year’s judge is Linda Benedict-Jones from Carnegie Mellon in Pittsburgh. Added 4/16/2014
    Deadline: May 10, 2014
    EXHIBITION/COMPETITION
  • Axis Gallery is pleased to have Jenny Gheith, assistant curator of painting and sculpture at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, as juror for the 9th National Juried Exhibition. The exhibition will be August 2nd through 24th with a second Saturday reception on August 9th from 6 until 9 p.m. All contemporary original 2D and 3D work in any media is accepted. Added 1/29/2014
    Deadline: May 24, 2014
    EXHIBITION
  • The fourth annual (e)merge art fair will take place October 2 – 5, 2014, in Washington, D.C., at the Capitol Skyline Hotel.(e)merge is the only art fair that gives free exhibition space to artists without gallery representation. If you are an artist who is currently unrepresented by a gallery, (e)merge is your forum for discovery. The 2014 (e)merge Vetting Committee members are: AI Weiwei, artist, Beijing; Mika Yoshitake, assistant curator, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.; and Jeffreen M. Hayes, director, Rebuild Foundation, Chicago, St. Louis and Omaha.
    Deadline: May 30, 2014
    EXHIBITION
  • 516 Arts (Albuquerque, NM) is holding a call for entries for an exhibition and series of events that asks viewers to contemplate their place and sense of belonging in the world locally and globally, and reconsiders place within the larger contexts of nationhood and the global stage. It asks: how do place, migration, cultural expression and civic-mindedness factor into the issues of nationalism and citizenship? What makes a good citizen? Added 3/20/2014
    Deadline: June 6, 2014
    EXHIBITION
  • Local Cloth Inc. and the Haywood Community College Creative Arts Program (NC) invite fiber and textile artists to join their celebration of American Craft Week 2014 by entering EXCITE, which recognizes the Appalachian region’s tradition and continuing leadership in weaving and contemporary textile art education. The theme is contemporary fiber work inspired by or reflective of the design ideals set forth by Anni Albers at Black Mountain College, where she formed and taught the weaving program. Added 2/19/2014
    Deadline: August 10, 2014
    EXHIBITION
  • Western Visions (Jackson, WY) creates a venue for visitors and collectors to engage the finest emerging and established artists whose works deal with humanity’s relationship with nature, and identifies, in a nationally recognized exhibition and fundraising event, artists who have the caliber to become part of the museum’s permanent collection. Added 2/19/2014
    Deadline: August 12, 2014
    EXHIBITION
  • Pastel Journal, America’s leading magazine devoted to pastel artists, has recently opened its 16th Annual Pastel 100 Painting Competition for entries. This international annual competition offers cash, prizes and publicity to its talented winners. $5,000 grand prize.
    Deadline: September 22, 2014
    COMPETITION
  • The Lincoln Center in Fort Collins, Colorado, seeks visually compelling exhibitions that provide a unique and robust visual arts experience. Artists and curators are encouraged to submit proposals and portfolios for consideration of solo and group exhibitions in our art galleries. Artists should be prepared to present engaging, educational programs such as lectures or gallery talks, school programs, demonstrations or other special presentations that relate to, augment and/or interpret the exhibition. Added 8/20/2013
    Deadline: Rolling
    EXHIBITION
  • The Peoria Art Guild is currently accepting artist submission and exhibition proposals. Established in 1878, the Peoria Art Guild is a contemporary art gallery based in Peoria, Illinois. For over five decades it has provided guidance and exposure to up and coming artists as well as nationally known works of art. $35 entry up to 15 images. Added 5/31/2013
    Deadline: Rolling
    SOLO EXHIBITION

Residencies & Professional Development

  • International open call for Piramidon Artist Residency in Barcelona. Piramidón has a total of 16 studios; 14 of them are for artists-in-residence without necessarily pre-defined time, who live and work in Barcelona. The other 2 are for non-residents performing temporary stays from 3 to 6 months.
    Deadline: Rolling
    RESIDENCY

Rolling Deadlines

  • Publicly launched in 2005, Art in Generals New Commissions Program centers on developing and exhibiting new and challenging projects by artists who are interested in creating new work. We commission visual artists to create new projects in any medium or form.
    Deadline: Rolling
    AWARD/FUNDING
  • Creative Time strives to commission, produce and present the most important, ground-breaking, challenging and exceptional art of our times; art that infiltrates the public realm and engages millions of people in New York City and across the globe. We are guided by a passionate belief in the power of art to create inspiring personal experiences as well as foster social progress.
    Deadline: Rolling
    AWARD/FUNDING
  • The Pollock-Krasner Foundation‘s dual criteria for grants are recognizable artistic merit and demonstrable financial need, whether professional, personal or both. The Foundation’s mission is to aid, internationally, those individuals who have worked as professional artists over a significant period of time. The Foundation welcomes, throughout the year, applications from visual artists who are painters, sculptors and artists who work on paper, including printmakers. The Foundation encourages applications from artists who have genuine financial needs that are not necessarily catastrophic. Grants are intended for a one-year period of time.
    Deadline: Rolling
    AWARD/FUNDING
  • The Vermont Studio Center accepts 40 visual artists each month in painting, sculpture, new and mixed media, drawing, printmaking, and photography. The Center conducts the largest fine arts and writing residency program in the U.S. The programs are highly selective and include a broad variety of media, cultures and ages. Added 4/8/2013
    Deadline: Rolling
    RESIDENCY
  • The Penland School Resident Artist Program seeks to enrich the total educational experience at Penland by providing a stimulating, supportive environment for artists at transitional points in their careers. Penland resident artists are full-time, self-supporting craftspeople who live and work at the school for three years. Added 4/8/2013
    Deadline: Rolling
    RESIDENCY
  • The Headlands Center for the Arts hosts an internationally recognized Artist in Residence Program, interdisciplinary public programs, and subsidized studio rentals for Bay Area artists of all disciplines. Through these programs, Headlands offers opportunities for artist research, dialogue and exchange that build understanding and appreciation for the role of art in society. Added 4/8/2013
    Deadline: Rolling
    RESIDENCY 
  • Robert Rauschenberg’s twenty-acre estate on Captiva Island, Florida, is pleased to announce it will be transformed into a creative center that welcomes artists of all disciplines from around the world to live, work, and create. The selection process for the Rauschenberg Residency, Fall 2013 – Summer 2014, will be by nomination only. Check website for additional details. Added 3/27/2013
    Deadline: TBD
    RESIDENCY
  • The Banff Centre’s Visual Arts residencies focus on professional development, research, and training opportunities in media and visual arts. The programs provide access to world-class facilities in photography, sculpture, printmaking, papermaking, ceramics, textiles, painting, performance, media arts, film, and video, as well as curatorial and critical studies. Residencies are for professional artists with an exhibition record who have had formal training in visual arts, or equivalent experience and recognition from their peers.
    Deadline: Various dependent on residency
    RESIDENCY
  • 18th Street Arts Center’s (Los Angeles) residency program helps to build and to strengthen the creative community by working with local, national and international artists and curators. There are three types of residencies, including long-term; mid-term; and a visiting artist program that hosts international and national artists and curators from between 1 to 3 months. 18th Street Arts Center’s mission is “to provoke public dialogue through contemporary art making.” Added 10/31/2012
    Deadline: Rolling (1yr-18mo advance)
    RESIDENCY
  • Each year Light Work invites 12-15 artists to participate in its residency program, including one artist co-sponsored by Autograph ABP. Artists selected for the residency program are invited to live in Syracuse for one month. They receive a $4,000 stipend, an apartment to stay in, a private digital studio, a private darkroom, and 24-hour access to our facility.
    Deadline: Rolling
    RESIDENCY
  • Centrum Creative Residencies program offers a special collaborative residency package, designed to facilitate groups of artists collaborating on one or more new works. Groups of working artists find the facilities ideally suited to the kind of effort and focused energy that is needed to create a great collaborative piece or body of work.
    Deadline: Rolling
    RESIDENCY
  • The Macina di San Cresci is a member of RES ARTIS, the International Association of Residential Arts Centre, established in the Netherlands in 1993. It is the largest existing network of artist residency programs, numbering over 200 members drawn from more than 40 countries. Location: Tuscany, Italy.
    Deadline: Rolling
    RESIDENCY
  • School of Art Institute of Chicago Merit Scholarships are available for both the two- and three-week Summer Institute sessions. To apply for a merit scholarship, please submit a portfolio with 6–10 pieces in the SlideRoom online portfolio site and email your registration packet materials. Labeled photographs and film slides are also acceptable. Art work may be in any medium, regardless of class choice. Please note: a portfolio and indication on the Financial Aid / Merit Scholarship application form that you are applying for merit are required.
    Deadline: Check Website
    PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Visual Arts Questions?

Felicia Baca
801.245.7272

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Rio Gallery

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:

“Plural and Partial: Tracing the Intergenerational Self”
March 28 – April 30, 2014

“Plural and Partial: Tracing the Intergenerational Self” is an exhibition of seven contemporary artists — Valerie Atkisson, Liberty Blake, Angela Ellsworth, Jann Haworth, Amy Jorgensen, Annie Kennedy, and Shawn Rossiter — whose work investigates the making of identity that draws upon the plurality of the self and the span of partial influence that is made from generation to generation.

These artists examine the self through an intergenerational lens; in particular, the relationship between mother and daughter. Some mothers are both of blood and religious inheritance, such as Angela Ellsworth’s reference to her ancestor Eliza R. Snow. Some mothers are political, such as the suffragist and cultural references found in Amy Jorgensen’s “Well Behaved Women.” Some artists are linked more intimately to their own mothers, such as Valerie Atkisson and Annie Kennedy. Jann Haworth’s work is varied and at time makes reference to those visual memories we inherit, either through art history or personal experience. For Liberty Blake and Shawn Rossiter, their work negotiates the exchange that is part of making work within a cooperative, as a team, straddling two individual voices, two separate countries. Incidentally, two artists included in the exhibition are mother and daughter — Jann Haworth and Liberty Blake.

Works in collage, cut paper and fabric, sewn sculpture, and video are all used to explore the ways we imprint ourselves on one another and the many ways we consistently appropriate our inherited identities into ourselves.

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: 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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Questions?

Contact the Rio Gallery Manager
Felicia Baca at 801.245.7272

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