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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.

Alice Gallery

The Alice Gallery is located at the historic Glendinning Mansion in Salt Lake City, which also houses the main offices of Utah Arts & Museums. The gallery is named after Alice Merrill Horne, a legislator who supported the arts and founded the Utah Arts Council in 1899. This gallery hosts exhibitions by Utah artists and works from the State Fine Art Collection.

“The Cost of Anything”

May 15 – July 10, 2015
Please join us for an artist reception on May 15, 6-9 pm for Gallery Stroll

“The cost of a thing is the amount of what I call life which is required to be exchanged for it, immediately or in the long run.”

—Henry David Thoreau

The work in this exhibition includes artifacts that might be considered obsolete, yet in their altered context, gain renewed contemporary credibility. Artists commit considerable portions of their mortal existence to creative endeavors in exchange for the prospect of leaving vestiges of their unique existence. Desiring more than an implicit pursuit to determine the amount of life dedicated to the creative act and to calculate the intrinsic value of the resulting artifacts, each work included in this exhibition has been laboriously documented by itemizing time, emotional, and monetary investment. Works range from sculpture, video, paintings, mixed media, and prints.

Artists include, Abe Kimball, Adam Larsen, Chris Purdie, Jason Lanegan, Madison Smith and Paul Woods.

Location & Hours

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

Proposals for Exhibitions

Proposals for exhibitions in January-July of 2016 will be accepted August 1-September 1, 2015.

Download Alice Gallery floorplans.

Questions?

Contact the Gallery Manager
Felicia Baca at 801.245.7272

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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

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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.