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Art-o-mat

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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 www.artomat.org.

Southern Paiute: A Portrait

"Madelan Redfoot at Her Home with Her Parents" by Michael Plyler

“Madelan Redfoot at Her Home with Her Parents” by Michael Plyler

In 2000, Michael Plyler and Logan Hebner began to photograph and interview Southern Paiute elders from throughout their homelands in the Great Basin, Colorado Plateau and Mojave Desert. This exhibition celebrates the lives of 13 of these elders. Their book, Southern Paiute: A Portrait, features more than 30 such interviews and portraits, representing every tribe and band from throughout the confederation in Arizona, Utah, Nevada and California.

Hebner began writing about the Southern Paiute in 1990, when the Kaibab Band on the Arizona Strip turned down hundreds of millions of dollars by refusing to allow a hazardous waste incinerator on their reservation. Impressed by their decision, he asked to see interviews with different elders. The fact that they didn’t exist was the genesis for this project.

The idea for the interviews was simple: just ask about their lives and what they thought was important. The resulting stories act as individual biographies, but together they form a collage of these people, reaching deep into their archaic past.

Although their homeland — containing 16 national parks and monuments — is now appreciated for its beauty, until recently their deserts were considered useless, and the Southern Paiute culture survived in isolated, ignored pockets in these American deserts. As late as 1918 the San Juan Paiute still lived their ancient migration between Douglas Mesa and Allen Canyon in southeast Utah. These elders often told stories, heard from their grandparents, from before white people came into their country. Some stories reveal for the first time their perspective on controversial events such as the massacres at Mountain Meadows and Circleville, and have added to our understanding of these tragedies.

Together these portraits and interviews paint a compelling picture of the depth of their shared history with each other and their lands, the challenges they face today and how very different their lives and culture were just one or two generations ago.

Resources

2014-2015 Traveling Schedule

Delta City Library 9/29 – 11/25
Sunrise Ridge Intermediate School, St. George 3/5 – 3/31/2015

Design Arts Utah

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Design is the creative beginning of any human-initiated arrangement of materials. The work of designers surrounds us: the clothes we wear, the products we use, and the buildings where we live and work are just a few examples.

This exhibition samples some of the best designs from the past 11 years of Design Arts Utah exhibitions. The Design Arts Program and these yearly exhibitions held in Salt Lake City feature the best of Utah designers selected by jurors from all over the United States. Design concepts and objects included in this exhibition vary from toys to modes of transportation to building design. This exhibition demonstrates the work and the importance of design to our everyday experience.

Resources

2014-2015 Traveling Schedule

Dixie Art Department 8/22 – 9/23
Provo High School 2/2 – 3/2/2015

America in the 30s: Prints from the Federal Art Project

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“All Created Equal” by Marjorie Eakin, lithograph, ca. 1935

The prints selected for this exhibit are by artists associated with the California division of the Works Progress Administration (WPA). The WPA was created in 1935 to provide employment, encouragement, and, in part, support for American artists during the Great Depression. A major success of the program was in bringing the language of arts to remote areas of the United States. The project is also credited with initiating graphic arts workshops and commissions for printmakers throughout the nation and sponsoring the production of some 95,000 prints. This printmaking initiative made it possible for artists to produce high-quality multiple versions of their originals. Much of the work produced was democratic in nature and in theme, consistent with the Federal Art Project goals. This exhibition of prints by California artists includes strong images that help the contemporary viewer understand day-to-day life during the Great Depression in the western United States. Among the pieces are examples of both lithography and wood engraving techniques.

Resources

2014-2015 Traveling Schedule

USU Gallery East, Price 9/2 – 10/8
Hanksville Elementary 1/6 – 2/4/2015
Weber State University Library 2/6 – 4/2
Kanab Hospital 4/28 – 6/23
The Attic Gallery at the Provo Library 6/4 – 7/2

Out of Print

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“Stand of Trees” by Connie Borup

“Out of Print” represents 25 of Utah’s finest professional artists using the medium of printmaking to create lithographic, intaglio, and relief prints. Printmaking is a fine art using varied techniques and materials to produce multiple “original” works of art. Each piece is considered an original, since it is not a reproduction of another work of art, and is technically known as an impression. Works printed from a single plate create an edition; most are signed and numbered to form a limited edition.

The exhibit artists represent a breadth of schools, ranging from the super-realism of Edie Roberson to the Mormon Art and Belief movement of Doug Himes. Lee Deffenbach and Tony Smith studied at the Arts Students League in New York City, and Deffenbach studied in Florence on a Fulbright scholarship. Wulf Eric Barsch received the Prix de Rome from the American Academy in Rome in 1975. The work of Paul H. Davis has been featured at the Corcoran Gallery in Washington, D.C. and the Amerika Haus in Hamburg, Germany. Portrayed in a Life magazine article as a prominent American artist, Doug Snow’s work hangs in collections throughout the United States, including those of the Museums of Modern Art in New York and San Francisco.

Resources

2014-2015 Traveling Schedule

SUU Library, Cedar City 8/21 – 10/21
Orem Public Library 11/5 – 12/19
USU Gallery East, Price 1/28 – 2/27/2015
Snow College Library, Ephraim 3/16 – 4/21
Boulder Community Center 4/28 – 6/3

Arts Day on the Hill

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Join the Utah Arts Council Board of Directors, Utah Cultural Alliance, and Friends of Art Works for Kids! for the fifth annual Arts Day on the Hill on February 17, 2015. Patrons and leaders of the arts will meet and talk with their state senators and representatives in the Capitol Rotunda. Be among the arts-interested individuals and organizations that will gather to celebrate the arts and meet with their state representatives. Contact David Wicai at 801-236-7547 for more information.

We encourage you to reach out to your legislators now and introduce yourself before the session begins. Let them know you’ll be coming to the Capitol on February 17th and you hope to meet with them. Click here to find your legislator.

Helpful Resources

Why Are the Arts Important?

Here’s a video from Arts Day 2014…

 

Arts & Museums Things to Do


Events

Mondays in the Park

The Mondays in the Park concert series, produced in partnership with Excellence in the Community, is a free concert held on Monday evenings in July and August at 7 p.m. at the Chase Home Museum in Salt Lake City’s Liberty Park.

Museum Day Live!

We encourage everyone to visit a museum on September 28, 2013. Participating museums and cultural institutions offer free admission to patrons presenting a Museum Day Live Ticket obtained from the Smithsonian Magazine website. Many free museums also participate.

Arts Day on the Hill

Join Art Works for Kids! and the Utah Arts Council Board of Directors for Arts Day on the Hill, where patrons of the arts meet and talk with their state senators and representatives in the Capitol Rotunda. Be among the arts-interested individuals and organizations that will gather to celebrate the arts and meet with their state representatives.

Museums Advocacy Day at the Legislature

Join the Utah Museums Association and Office of Museum Services Board for Museums Advocacy Day at the Legislature. It is an excellent day for participating museums to present displays that reflect the number and diversity of museums in Utah and have the opportunity to connect with their elected officials.

Mountain West Arts Conference

The Mountain West Arts Conference is designed to help individuals and organizations in the arts community access essential resources and create community connections throughout Utah and the Mountain West. It is also part of a long-term effort to sustain the creative industry by providing opportunities, education, tools, information and resources that serve all contributors to the arts.

Governor’s Leadership in the Arts Awards

The Governor’s Awards were created in 1980 to honor individuals and organizations who encourage and support arts and culture in Utah. In a time when innovative artistic and cultural projects are continually emerging throughout the state, we look forward to honoring Utah’s artistic visionaries and supporters each year.


Galleries

We maintain and operate three exhibition spaces:

Alice Gallery
Glendinning Home, 617 East South Temple, Salt Lake City map
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Monday – Friday; Closed Saturday – Sunday

Rio Gallery
Rio Grande Depot, 300 South Rio Grande Street (455 West), Salt Lake City map
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Monday – Friday; Closed Saturday – Sunday

Chase Home Museum of Utah Folk Arts
600 East 1100 South, Salt Lake City’s Liberty Park map
Hours vary depending on time of year. Click link above for information.


Traveling Exhibitions

Traveling Exhibitions are curated and as a collaborative partnership with local artists, arts organizations, and institutions. Utah museums, colleges, university and community galleries, arts and cultural centers, libraries and schools all register for the exhibitions annually. By traveling these exhibits around the State and the use of the accompanying educational materials, the exhibits provide public access to quality visual art, nurture understanding of diverse art forms and cultures, promote creativity and encourage cultural activities in local communities.


Art Collections

We maintain several collections for the people of Utah. To see all of the collections, please visit our Digital Collections database:


NowPlayingUtah.com

am_icon_npu_button_75pxThere is so much happening in Utah: theatre, dance, music, visual arts, museums, sports and more. NowPlayingUtah.com is a comprehensive, one-stop source throughout the state of Utah.

Unclaimed Art

The Utah Division of Arts & Museums stores 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.

Picasa IconPlease visit our Picasa album to view artwork in this Collection

 

If any of artwork belongs to you or someone you know, contact Laura Durham via email or at 801.533.3582 so it can be returned to it’s rightful owner!

We’ll add to this album regularly, so please check back often!

Museums Advocacy Day

The Utah Museums Association and the Office of Museum Services Board of Directors will hold Museums Advocacy Day on Tuesday, March 3, 2015 in the Utah State Capitol Rotunda.

This is a great opportunity to meet with your state representatives. You do not need to have any special training or prior experience to participate.

Thirty-five museums participated in 2013. Here’s what some of them had to say…

Governor’s Leadership in the Arts Awards

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Leadership in the Arts Awardee Delora Bertelsen accepts her award from Utah First Lady Jeanette Herbert in 2010.

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 recognize those qualities that advance the arts for the people and communities in our state and are Utah’s highest honor in the arts.

 

2015 Governor’s Leadership in the Arts Awards

Nominations for the 2015 Governor’s Leadership in the Arts Awards are open. Recognize the exemplary work that makes your community a better place to live. Nomination forms must be submitted to Kirsten Darrington by February 13, 2015.


 

We congratulate the 2014 Governor’s Leadership in the Arts Awards recipients, and Governor Herbert sent his congratulations in a video message.

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 City Arts Council  – Salt Lake Community College School of Arts, Communication & Media   – Utah Festival Opera & Musical Theatre  – Zions Bank

Past Award Recipients

Governor’s Leadership in the Arts Awards

2014 City of St. George, Mayor Jon Pike
Community Leadership in the Arts Award
Spy Hop Productions
Education Leadership in the Arts Award
Timpanogos Storytelling Institute
Organization Leadership in the Arts Award
Shirley Ririe
Individual Leadership in the Arts Award
2013 Gunnison City, Mayor Lori Nay
Community Leadership in the Arts Award
Kim Schaefer
Education Leadership in the Arts Award
Patricia A. Richards
Volunteer Leadership in the Arts Award
Wally Bloss
Individual Leadership in the Arts Award
2012 City of Ogden,
Mayor Mike Caldwell 

Community Leadership in the Arts Award
Chris Roberts
Education Leadership in the Arts Award
Artspace
Organization Leadership in the Arts Award
Teri Orr
Individual Leadership in the Arts Award
2011 City of Kanab,
Mayor Nina Laycook 

Community Leadership in the Arts Award
K. Newell Dayley
Education Leadership in the Arts Award
Utah Shakespeare Festival
Organization Leadership in the Arts Award
A. Scott Anderson
Individual Leadership in the Arts Award
2010 Sandy City,
Mayor Tom Dolan

Community Leadership in the Arts Award
Rachel Wheeler
Education Leadership in the Arts Award
India Cultural
Center of Utah

Organization Leadership in the Arts Award
Delora Bertelsen
Individual Leadership in the Arts Award
2009 Layton City,
Mayor Steve Curtis

Community Leadership in the Arts Award
Alice Perreault, Kindred Spirits 
Support of Children Through the Arts Award
Neighborworks Salt Lake, Maria Garciaz
Organization Leadership in the Arts Award
Anne Cullimore Decker
Individual Merit Leadership in the Arts Award 
2008 Gail Bunker
Community Leadership Award
Ferron Holt
Arts Education Leadership Award
Representative Greg Hughes
Legislative Leadership Award
Ruth Draper
Lifetime Leadership Award
2007 Representative Sheryl Allen
Public Leadership in the Arts Award
Beverley Taylor Sorenson
Support of Children Through Arts Education Award
Mayor Dave Sakrison
Local Elected Official Award
Kaziah Hancock
Humanitarian Award for Compassion Through the Arts

Governor’s Awards in the Arts Recipients, 1980 to 2003