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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.

Poetry Out Loud

The National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation have partnered with the Utah Arts & Museums Arts Education Program to support Poetry Out Loud, which encourages Utah’s youth to learn about great poetry through memorization and performance.

Congratulations to Utah’s 2015 champion

Sadie Merkley of Box Elder High School!

  • For full details on the national poetry recitation competition, visit www.poetryoutloud.org.
  • For details regarding Utah’s Poetry Out Loud activities, contact the POL Team via email or call 801-236-7557.
Recitation and performance are major trends in poetry. There has been a recent resurgence of poetry as an oral art form, as seen in the slam poetry movement and the immense popularity of hip-hop music. Poetry Out Loud builds on that momentum by inviting the dynamic aspects of slam poetry, spoken word and theater into the English and theatre class.

2014 Poetry Out Loud

Click HERE to hear an interview on KCPW radio with winner Ashlei Havili and POL administrator Jean Tokuda Irwin.

Ashlei Havili of American Fork High School took home top honors from the state finals for the Poetry Out Loud National Recitation Contest, presented by Utah Arts & Museums on Wednesday, March 12, 2014, at co-host Westminster College’s Vieve Gore Concert Hall in the Jewett Center for the Performing Arts. Havili received $200 and travel expenses to represent Utah in the national championship April 29 and 30 in Washington, D.C. Her school received a $500 stipend for the purchase of poetry books. Runner-up Nick Markham of Judge Memorial Catholic High School received $100, with $200 for his school library. Poetry Out Loud awards a $20,000 college scholarship to the national champion.

Approximately 5,042 students from 43 high schools and 16 school districts across Utah participated in Poetry Out Loud activities and competed in school and regional competitions. Regional competitions were held in Gunnison, Provo, Roosevelt, St. George, South Jordan and Woods Cross. At the Vieve Gore Concert Hall, students recited works they selected from an anthology of nearly 600 classic and contemporary poems.

2014 Finalists

Utah Champion Ashlei Havili, American Fork High School, American Fork

Utah Runner-up Nick Markham, Judge Memorial Catholic High School, Salt Lake City

Mitchell Asper, North Sevier High School, Salina

Mason Duncan II, Union High School, Roosevelt

Emily Woolsey, Beaver High School, Beaver


Past Winners

  • 2013 – Devin Jones, West Jordan High School, West Jordan
  • 2012 – MarKaye Hassan, Logan High School (placed 3rd in National Competition)
  • 2011 – Shannon McCullam, Box Elder High School, Brigham City
  • 2010 – Caroline Liston, Box Elder High School, Brigham City
  • 2009 – Janna Tessman, East High School, Salt Lake City

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:

“Collective Experience”

March 20 – April 29, 2015

An artist reception will be held on March 20 from 6 to 9 p.m. for
Salt Lake Gallery Stroll.

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.

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.

 

Location & Hours

Rio Grande Depot, 300 South Rio Grande Street (455 West), Salt Lake City; 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday – Friday

Thr Rio Grande Depot will be open every other Saturday from 10-2pm for Winter Market beginning November 8-April, 2015

Click HERE for information about the Art-o-mat.

Proposals for Rio Gallery Exhibitions

Proposals for exhibitions in January-July of 2016 will be accepted August 1-September 1, 2015. Be sure to download the guidelines 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

The Rio Gallery is a member of the

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Digital Photos

We have over 76,000 terrific images online. In addition to these online images, our Research Center has thousands of additional photographs and manuscripts that are available to researchers. Search our online catalog to see what we have. If you want more information or have questions, email historyresearch@utah.gov or call 801-245-7227. Click here to order photos

Do a quick search of our online photos or search our collections individually

 

See our newest digital collections! 

The Kent Day Family Collection, 1917-1919

History_Day The Kent Day Family Collection contains photographs and letters collected by different day family members, predominantly Ada Elizabeth Day. This collection documents the beginning of World War I from the perspective of different soldiers stationed in various places. The collection also includes documentation of the death of David Day who died of Spanish Influenza.


The Denver & Rio Grande Western Railway Payroll Ledgers, 1889-1919

History_Ledgers The Denver & Rio Grande payroll ledgers contain the employment records for workers between 1889-1919. The ledgers document the pay of employees from different departments, such as the Agent’s Office, the baggage department, and the transfer gang.