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Utah Designers Showcased at the Rio Gallery – 13 Sept 2016

SALT LAKE CITY – DesignArts ’16, an exhibition of Utah design, is now open at the Rio Gallery in Salt Lake City and will continue through Oct. 21, 2016.  The Rio Gallery is open Mon. – Fri. from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is located at 300 S. Rio Grande in Salt Lake City. A reception and celebration coinciding with Salt Lake Design Week and Salt Lake Gallery Stroll will be hosted in the gallery on Oct. 21 from 6-9 p.m.

Juror Jim Childress selected 39 designs by 18 Utah designers ranging from lighting design to salt and pepper shakers. The juror’s award winner in the professional category is Jessica Greenberg for her lighting design work with SB Dance and Off-Broadway Theater. There are two juror’s award winners in the student category: DesignBuildBLUFF for their “Cedar Hall” project in architecture and Jun Li’s architectural design concepts for five projects.

The juror, Jim Childress, is a partner at Centerbrook Architects and Planners. Childress has worked over the past 30 years on numerous projects at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, the world-renowned center for molecular biology research. He was the architect for notable projects in the West, including the Headquarters for the National Outdoor Leadership School in Lander, Wyo., and three projects at the University of Colorado: the LEED Gold Wolf Law School and the LEED Platinum Center for Community, and the Health Sciences Library on the Anschutz Medical Campus. A graduate of Rhode Island School of Design, Childress’s work has been recognized with 60 design awards including the American Institute of Architects 1998 Architecture Firm Award. He was invested into the College of Fellows of the AIA in 2001 and served as the Chair of its Committee on Design.

The Design Arts Program of the Utah Division of Arts & Museums sponsors DesignArts Utah annually with exhibitionsfeaturing designs, prototypes, and produced samples by designers in Utah’s various design fields. Further information is available online at  If you have questions about the DesignArts Utah program or the exhibition please contact Jim Glenn at and 801.245.7271.

Utah Arts & Museums Seeks Artwork for Annual Competition – 8 Sep 2016

SALT LAKE CITY— Utah Arts & Museums will be accepting submissions for its Statewide Annual exhibition and competition, Utah ’16: Mixed Media & Works on Paper. All artists age 18 and older may submit up to two works within these media categories.

Visual arts competitions have been a project of Utah Arts & Museums since 1899, providing juried exhibitions open to artists across the state of Utah. Awards will be given to artists exhibiting exceptional work including a $1,000 “Best in Show” and six Juror’s Awards at $600 each. Additional, works are routinely acquired into the State of Utah Fine Art Collection.

This year’s jurors are Carmel Buckley, a professor in the Department of Art at Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio, and Jim Robischon, owner and director of Robischon Gallery in Denver.

Online registration is open from Sept. 19-Oct. 18, 2016. Please note that artwork will be accepted in a new location this year behind the Rio Grande Depot. Please bring your work to 310 S. 500 W. in Salt Lake City from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.on Oct. 19 & 20. Those juried into the exhibition will have their work displayed at the Rio Gallery Nov. 18, 2016 to Jan. 13, 2017 with a public reception on Friday, Nov. 18 from 6-9 p.m. during the Salt Lake Gallery Stroll. More information about the jurors can be found at along with guidelines and instruction for registration. If you have questions about the competition, please call Felicia Baca at 801.245.7272.

Artists Give a Glimpse of their Process in “Iterations” at the Rio Gallery – 26 Aug 2016

SALT LAKE CITY —A new exhibition, Iterations, will be on view at the Alice Gallery Sept. 16 –Nov. 11, 2016. The exhibition features artwork by Utah artists Sue Martin and Nancy Vorm. A public reception will be held on Sept 16th from 6-9 p.m. in collaboration with the Salt Lake Gallery Stroll.

 Inspired by artists past and present who are known for iterations (Cezanne, Monet, and Jasper Johns, to name a few), Sue Martin and Nancy Vorm give viewers a glimpse into their creative processes, both intensely introspective and playful.

Sue Martin selected a single photograph taken on a trip to Zion National Park in February. She reflected on the times she has stopped at that very place, each time with a different travel companion, to snap a picture. Geological layering and erosion became a metaphor for layering and erosion of memory.

After three paintings, I set the photo aside and worked from memory,Martin said. Without all that detail in front of me, I could select those elements that were most memorable and play with color, line, and texture that expressed the essence of the memory.

Nancy Vorms abstract encaustic paintings incorporate inks, rust, monotype prints, and collaged elements to create a surface that is richly textured through many layers of beeswax. Her iterative journey began when a friend gave her some rusted metal pieces in flower shapes. With a roll of her eyes that said, I dont do flowers,she nevertheless began to imagine ways to make the motif her own. Printing the rusted objects on paper, and using walnut and India inks on Kozopapers, she began to add patterns, then to overlap and layer elements, until the motif was less a flower and more a shape and texture to incorporate into her many-layered abstractions.

Vorm’s use of Martin’s layermotif in some of her pieces was a nod to the collaborative spirit the two artists developed over the five months of working together.

The textured, multi-colored layers found in the Utah landscape first attracted me to Utah,Vorm said. “Since my encaustic process involves many layers of wax and paint, this motif is appropriate.

Vorm’s work reflects her most important artistic influences: Robert Rauschenberg’s collages and Antoni Tapies’s encaustic texturing and color palette. The artists agree that the iterative focus and collaborative process have taken their evolution as artists to new frontiers. For Vorm, it was her initial resistance to using an image as common as a flower that led her to explore new ways of mark making and collaging elements. Martin challenged herself to change processes in order to move iteratively toward abstraction.

The Alice Gallery is free and open to the public Monday  Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Gabino Flores will perform during Gallery Stroll on Friday, September 16. Flores is a classical guitarist and conductor at Utah Classical Guitar Orchestra.

Images available upon request.

Two Utah Granting Organizations Collaborate to Take Workshops on the Road – 19 Aug 2016

SALT LAKE CITY – The Utah Division of Arts & Museums and Utah Humanities will be taking hands-on grant workshops to select cities across the State of Utah. Grants Managers Laurel Cannon Alder from Utah Arts & Museums and Jodi Graham from Utah Humanities will lead the workshops. Participants will learn grant writing best practices including a specific focus on common budget errors, evaluation strategies, and grant reviewing policies.


Aug. 31, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. | Southern Utah Museum of Art (13 S 300 W) | Cedar City

Sept. 1, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. | Electric Theater (68 E. Tabernacle Street) | St. George

Sept.13, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. | Tooele City Library (128 W Vine Street) | Tooele

Sept. 26, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. | Four Corners School for Outdoor Education (1117 N Main) | Monticello

Sept. 27, 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. | San Juan County Library, (25 W 300 S) | Blanding

Sept.27, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. | Desert Rose Inn (701 Main Street) | Bluff

Oct. 25, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. | Cache Valley Center for the Arts (43 S Main Street) Logan

Nov. 2, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. | Moab Arts and Recreation Center (111 E 100 N) | Moab

Dec. 2, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.  | Rio Grande Depot (300 S. Rio Grande St.) | Salt Lake City

The workshops are free, but space is limited and registration is required. To register for a workshop, CLICK HERE or call801.236.7550.

New Buildings in Utah Seeking Artists to Create Public Art – 16 Aug 2016

SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Division of Arts & Museums has published two calls for letters of interest and qualifications from artists or artist teams interested in creating public art for The Juvenile Justice Services Building in Ogden and The Utah Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control’s facility in West Valley.

The Juvenile Justice Services Building being built in Ogden is looking for Utah and/or American artists. The public work should reflect or draw inspiration and context from the Juvenile Justice Services’ mission to help youth, families, and others in mending and building a stronger, healthier community. The deadline to apply for this project is Sept. 12, 2016.

The Utah Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control’s new facility being built in West Valley is looking for only resident Utah artists. They will create public artwork that may draw inspiration from or derive context from their customers, the community, architecture, cultures or the magnificent Utah geographies. The deadline to apply for this project isSeptember 23, 2016

The full description and how to apply for both projects is at

The Public Art Program was created by the Utah State Legislature in 1985 with the passage of the Percent-for-Art-Act. This statute allows for 1 % of construction costs for new or remodeled State facilities to be added to the project for the commissioning or acquisition of art that is site specific to the facility and community. To date, over 240 works have been placed in State facilities statewide. For more information contact Jim Glenn at or 801.245.7271or Felicia Baca at or 801.245.7272.

Utah Division of Arts & Museums Demonstrates Commitment to Museum Services through New Staff Appointments – 1 July 2016

SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Division of Arts & Museums is pleased to announce that Jennifer Ortiz has been promoted to Manager of Museum Services and Sabrina Sanders has been hired as the Chase Home Museum Administrator. These new appointments will deepen the division’s commitment to museums and enhance the progress that has been made in our services to Utah’s museum community.

Since joining the staff at Utah Arts & Museums in 2014, Jennifer has been proactive in serving Utah’s 250+ museums. She has initiated professional development workshops, developed an environmental monitoring kit for museums, and offered onsite preservation assessment assistance. This fall, the division will launch the Collections Technical Assistance Program that will provide one-on-one training in collections care, from object handling to inventory and preservation planning. Participating museums will work directly with Jennifer to conduct a preservation assessment and work on-site to determine priority projects that they can address together over the course of a year. Jennifer holds an MA in History and Museum Studies from Tufts University. Prior to working with us, she was Collections Manager for the Utah Museum of Fine Arts in addition to roles at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, the Boston Museum of Science, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and the Museum of the African Diaspora.

The past two years, Sabrina Sanders has been working part-time for the division in our visual arts program assisting with the state art collections and other visual arts projects. She also worked for the Utah Division of State History, assisting with their collection. Sabrina is currently working toward an MA in Museum Studies at Johns Hopkins University.

“Jennifer has proven herself to be an asset to the museums community in Utah. We’re also thrilled to bring on Sabrina in this new role to further support museums,” Utah Arts & Museums Director Gay Cookson said. “These new positions elevate our agency’s ongoing commitment to serve museums through funding, professional development, and technical assistance.”

For more information about services for museums through the Utah Division of Arts & Museums,

Chase Home Museum

The Chase Home Museum of Utah Folk Arts is the only museum in the country dedicated to displaying a state-owned collection of contemporary folk art. It features objects made by living Utah artists from the state’s American Indian, rural, occupational and ethnic communities offering a snapshot of Utah’s contemporary culture and heritage. The Chase Home, built more than 150 years ago in a traditional hall-and-parlor style from adobe bricks, is a fine example of 19th century folk art.

The three permanent galleries are in the process of getting new exhibitions installed. The museum will be closed from October 18, 2016 through January 19, 2016.

Workshop Space and Temporary Exhibitions

A workshop space on the first floor features both folk arts and museum programming at the Chase Home. We offer classes, hands-on workshops, artist visits, and many more events. Follow our Facebook page for the latest announcements.

The workshop space also serves as a gallery for temporary exhibitions of Utah folk and traditional arts or new work featuring emerging folk art genres or innovations of tradition. We accept proposals for 8-12 week exhibitions by Utah artists. See our Exhibition Guidelines to submit a proposal. Contact Adrienne Decker ( or Jennifer Ortiz ( to learn more.

Folk Art Collection

View the State of Utah Folk Art Collection.

Location & Hours

The Chase Home Museum will be closed
10/18/16 ~ 1/20/2017

The interior of the Chase Home is getting painted and new exhibits are being planned. The Utah folk arts collection is still our focus, and with rotating exhibitions of contemporary Utah folk artists in our temporary gallery on the main floor.

The Chase Home Museum is located in the middle of Liberty Park. To visit, enter the park from either 900 South or 1300 South at about 600 East and follow the signs to parking near the center of the park.

Labor Day-Memorial Day (Winter Hours):

Tuesday-Friday: 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Saturday-Monday: Closed

Memorial Day-Labor Day (Summer Hours):

Tuesday: 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Wednesday: 11:00 AM – 8:00 PM

Thursday-Saturday:11:00 AM – 4:00 PM 

Sunday-Monday: Closed

Chase Home Museum Map


Call 801.533.5760

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Mondays in the Park

am_events_mip_balletfolkorico_11Free concerts of folk and ethnic music and dance are presented selected Monday evenings in July and August. Performances are held starting at 7:00 p.m. in front of the Chase Home Museum in the middle of Liberty Park (enter from 900 South or 1300 South at about 600 East in Salt Lake City). Beginning in 1987, Mondays in the Park has featured performances from various cultural communities in Utah.

Local traditional craft artists also participate and display their work for audience enjoyment and to enrich the performances. Bring your lawn chairs, blankets, picnics, family and friends of all ages for these fun, free outdoor concerts.

Mondays in the Park is presented in partnership with Excellence in the Community.

Thank you to our audiences for a wonderful concert season this year. Come back next year and see the great lineup of performers we’ll have planned for you.

Check out our photo gallery of past Mondays in the Park concerts HERE.



Directions and Parking

Mondays in the Park is presented on the front porch of the Chase Home Museum of Utah Folk Arts, located in the middle of Salt Lake City’s Liberty Park. Gated entrances to the park are located at 600 East on 900 South and 1300 South.

Chase Home Museums of Utah Folk Art mapParking Options

Free parking is available inside the gates along the perimeter of the park, as well as on the side streets surrounding the park grounds.

Public Transportation Options

Use the UTA’s Trip Planner to get to Mondays in the Park. UTA bus routes 9, 205, 307, and 320 all pass within one or two blocks of Liberty Park. Click here to view UTA’s system map.


For more information on the Mondays in the Park Concert Series, contact Adrienne Decker via email or at 801.245.7286.

Free Summer Concert Series at Liberty Park Features Local Musicians and Dancers – 20 June 2016

SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Division of Arts & Museums invites you to celebrate traditional music and dance from different cultures at the Chase Home Museum of Utah Folk Arts in Liberty Park for this summer’s Mondays in the Park concert series. The concerts are free to the public and take place on Mondays beginning July 11 – Aug. 29, 2016 at 7:00 p.m.

“These concerts have been a tradition at Liberty Park for many years, and we are proud to present them to the public in partnership with the local nonprofit Excellence in the Community,” said Utah Arts & Museums Director Gay Cookson. “The Chase Home Museum of Utah Folk Arts is a perfect location to showcase the diverse and talented communities in Utah.”

The schedule for Mondays in the Park will be as follows:

July 11:
Rio Bravo Conjunto (Tex-Mex Music)

July 18:
Mensajeros del Tiempo (Music of Argentina, Uruguay, and Paraguay)
Chaskis – Andean Folk and Dance Music

August 1:
Karpaty Dance Ensemble (Polish and Ukrainian Dance)
Kargi Kala Kendra – Indian Classical Dance

August 8:
Sounds of Japan Ensemble (Japanese Folk and Classical Music
Nino Reyos & Two Shields Dance Troupe (Native American Dance & Music)

August 15:
CrossStrung (Celtic and Bluegrass Music)

August 22:
Soulful Expressions (Traditional Gospel and Soul Music)

August 29:
Tablado Dance Company (Flamenco Dance and Music)
Brazilian Roots (Samba Music)

For the latest information on these concerts, please visit

Alice Gallery Looks at the Architecture of Place through New Exhibition – 17 June 2016

SALT LAKE CITY —The Utah Division of Arts & Museums presents Architecture of Place, an exhibition on display at the Alice Gallery from July 15 – Sept. 9, 2016. Architecture of Place takes a look at depictions of various structures and environments highlighted in the State of Utah Fine Art and Folk Art Collection.

While some works in this exhibition depict Western or Utah specific locales such as Ada Rigby’s papercut of the Salt Lake Temple, or Leconte Stewart’s Cabin in the Hills, others such as Moishe Smith’s rendering of Jerusalem and Karl Pace’s Desert Town at Dusk take the viewer to more distant locations. Other works push the boundaries of real or concrete locations and structures and call into question notions of home or place. Works such as David Brothers’ Aydrpresents a fictitious structure that takes on a fantastical tone with its distorted scale and precarious construction. Heidi Moller Somsen’s ceramic work of a small house titled Columbary conjures up ideas of home and final resting places.

Curator, Felicia Baca said, “Architecture has long been subject matter in artworks both for the formal qualities and social commentary. Early examples include wall frescoes from the Roman villa at Boscoreal depicting life in 40-30 BC. The much later advent of photography enabled artists to capture and portray built environments that went far beyond mere documentation. Depictions of architecture often encapsulate moments in history and the significance of structures humans build, which can often reveal information about economic conditions, resources and geography, social norms and shifts in culture over time.”

Architecture of Place includes works from the State of Utah Fine Art Collection and Folk Art Collection. It features artists including David Brothers, Daniel Everett, Andrea Jensen, LeConte Stewart, Ada C. Irvine, Jeronimo Lozano, Mary H. Teasdel, Heidi Moller Somsen and others. Works range from paintings, printmaking, photography, and sculpture.

The Alice Gallery is free and open to the public Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. For more information, please visit