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“This Is the Place” Opening in Rio Gallery – 13 Aug 2013

“A place belongs forever to whoever claims it hardest, remembers it most obsessively, wrenches it from itself, shapes it, renders it, loves it so radically that he remakes it in his own image.” 

– Joan Didion, We Tell Ourselves Stories in Order to Live

Utah Arts & Museums announces the exhibition “This Is the Place,” from August 16 – September 13, 2013 in the Rio Gallery (300 South 455 West, Salt Lake City). There will be a public reception on Friday, August 16 from 6 to 9 p.m. during Salt Lake Gallery Stroll.

The exhibition showcases a group of visual artists as they consider this place so many call home. Just as we shape and build the landscape around us, the landscape has a remarkable effect on us, shaping and building culture. Utah has been the place for many people: indigenous peoples prior to the arrival of the Mormons, then the Mormon pioneers, followed by the many generations of more recent migrations to the state. This show explores the diversity and value of Utah through artists, community participation, and historical photographs.

“We’re pleased to highlight the various perspectives on Utah presented by this exhibition,” said Utah Arts & Museums Director Lynnette Hiskey. “A state as diverse as ours — geographically, demographically, culturally — provides fertile ground for some really engaging artwork.”

There will be special weekend hours on Saturday, August 17 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. to celebrate “National Can-it-Forward Day” at the Downtown Farmers Market. There will be a canning display, food preservation experts on hand, raffles, giveaways, hands-on demonstrations, and vendors offering canned goods (pickles, jams, sauces, etc.) with samples and special deals. The show also coincides with the Utah State History Conference, “The Making of Place,”September 5 – 8, 2013.

Invited artists for “This Is the Place” include Vicki Acoba, Paul Adams, Fidalis Buhler, Jim Jacobs, Amy Jorgensen, Jessica Li, Joe Ostraff, Linda Reynolds, Will Varner, and Clay Wagstaff. In addition, Joe Ostraff’s installation, “Potluck,” features 50 individual panels by 50 additional Utah artists. The exhibition also features a digital slideshow with photographs submitted by the public.