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Mountain West Arts Conference 2015 Archive

2015 Conference Photos

Click on the image below to see an album of photos from the 2015 conference. 

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Utah Arts & Museums Facebook Photos

2015 Post-Conference Resources

State of the Arts Morning Presentation

Awake in the Arts: Mindfulness, Wisdom & Compassion – Dennise Gackstetter

Awake in the Arts Handout

New Models for Funding – Fraser Nelson



Instructions for Receiving Feedback Handout

Volunteers: How to Keep Them Coming Back for More! – LaDawn Stoddard


Volunteer Motivation Handout

Using Futures Thinking to Navigate Ongoing Change – Lisa Ericksen


Foresight Handout

The Creative Age: Flourishing Across the Spectrum of Aging – Ken Crossley, Greg Finch


A Close-Up Look at Design in Everyday ___ Experience – Robin Peng


Low & No-Cost Tools to Maximize Your Marketing – Sara Kelly Neal


Thank you to our 2015 conference sponsors:

Support for student and educator scholarships
Support for individual artist scholarships

 2015 Governor’s Leadership in the Arts Awards

The 2015 Governor’s Leadership in the Arts Awards recipients were honored on May 7, 2015 in conjunction with the Mountain West Arts Conference. The awards were presented by Julie Fisher, Executive Director of the Department of Heritage and Arts.

Governor Gary R. Herbert sent his congratulations to the 2015 recipients in a video message.

Utah Museum Directory

The Utah Division of Arts & Museums invites you to discover Utah’s museums through a variety of exhibits and programs our museums have to offer. Over 260 Utah museums offer you a rich and diverse experience in a wide range of subjects, from art, culture, and history to science, botanical gardens, and zoos. This directory has divided Utah Museums into six regions with cities listed
alphabetically in each region:

Wasatch Front
West Desert

Click the image below to access the 2015 Utah Museum Directory

Museum Directory


New Exhibition at the Alice Gallery Explores History of Agriculture through Historical and Contemporary Landscapes – 6 Jan 2016

SALT LAKE CITY —The Utah Division of Arts & Museums presents Cultivate, an exhibition on display at the Alice Gallery from Jan. 22 – Mar. 4, 2016.

Cultivate highlights agrarian landscapes as subject matter, and importantly includes works that draw attention to the water sources upon which those landscapes are conditional. Many works portray some of the most critical water sources in Utah and the west; the Colorado, Green, and Virgin Rivers, as well as local water sources that were essential to inhabit the Salt Lake Valley. Cultivate includes works from the State of Utah Fine Art and Folk Art Collection dating from 1904-2013.

In addition to the traditional and stunning pastoral scenes found in the collection, many of these landscapes also harken to the important role that extensive irrigation and cultivation played in the settling and habitation of the Salt Lake Valley. Cottonwood Creek by Gordon Cope illustrates one of the most important water sources that sustained development short after settlement by Pioneers. Other works, such as Navajo Cow Sculpture by Mary Jim, allude to locales and populations that predate pioneers settling the valley.

Much of the artwork depicts bucolic scenes, while others suggest or address issues related to the environment and the pastoral. Adam Bateman’s Glen Canyon is a conspicuous imposition on the landscape, while others such as Fred Eugene Wright’s photograph, Pleasant Creek #1, documents a dried-up creek bed in an area where agrarian practices are plentiful despite Utah being amongst the driest states in the nation. Cecil Smith’s Desert Farms depicts lush rolling hills, but reminds us that this farm exists on the precipice of a desert cliff.

“Utah’s landscape has always been a central point of inspiration for our artists” said Arts & Museums Director Gay Cookson, “but this exhibition also points at an important part of Utah’s history that continues to be a conversation around important issues of our day.”

This exhibition features painting, photography, sculptural and textile works by Utah artists including

Adam Bateman, Gordon Cope, Edwin Evans, Mary Jim, Jason Metcalf, Jeffrey Pugh, Tom Till, Mary Kimball, Blanche Wilson, Mahonri Macintosh Young, and others. The Alice Gallery is free and open to the public M-F 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. For more information, please visit

Utah Division of Arts & Museums Seeks Nominations for Arts Leaders – 31 Dec 2015

SALT LAKE CITY – The Utah Division of Arts & Museums seeks nominations for the 2016 Governor’s Leadership in the Arts Awards. Four awards are given annually in conjunction with Utah Arts and Museums’ Mountain West Arts Conference. This year the conference will be held on Thursday, May 5, 2016 at the Utah Cultural Celebration Center in West Valley City.

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 recognizes those qualities that advance the arts for the people and communities in our state. “We have recognized an incredible variety of talent over the years through this award, and the amount of work and leadership coming out of communities across Utah continues to astound me,” said Gay Cookson, director of Utah Arts & Museums. “We look forward to hearing from Utahns across the state who wish to nominate an arts leader that has created a meaningful impact.”

Last year, the awards went to Plan-B Theatre Company for organization leadership, Carrie Trenholm for education leadership, Epicenter in Green River for local arts agency leadership, and Kathy Cieslewicz for individual leadership.

Nomination forms can be found at under the events tab and submitted via email to Kirsten Darrington, Assistant Director of Utah Arts & Museums.

The deadline for submission is Feb. 15, 2016.

Rio Gallery’s Raw and Cooked Explores the Relationship between Culture and Nature – 28 Dec 2015

SALT LAKE CITY —Raw and Cooked, a new exhibition at the Rio Gallery will run Jan. 15th– March 11th, 2016. An artist reception will be held on Jan. 15, from 6-9 p.m. in conjunction with Gallery Stroll. This exhibition explores the relationship between culture and nature, one of the oldest human tropes. In this recurring schism, humans believe ourselves to be of nature and, alternately, distinct from it. As we search texts and traditions to support either position, the persistence of the trope itself is underscored; it’s an impasse, shifting in form. It’s also an embrace of or a resistance to the natural world that produced us; from which we believe we stand apart.

In Raw and Cooked, artists Jim Jacobs, Joshua Winegar, and Paul Crow present work within this nature/culture dialectic. Jacobs begins with an ancient horticultural intervention, the graft, to focus our attention on a literal intersection of the natural and the human-made. Winegar takes on the natural world as a partner in a conversation with his psyche, alternately responding to, and intervening in, the world which surrounds him. Crow maps the span of his life onto the time frame of the human awareness of global climate change. Each artist begins with material that exists before agency and brings it through a process of intervention to manifest a hybrid: the artist in dialogue both with the world and without, and with an inner understanding of that world.

“These three artists tackle an age old topic with a new pair of eyes, lending a fresh perspective that asks the viewer to think critically about our place in the world. We look forward to sharing this with the arts community” said Utah Arts & Museums Director Gay Cookson.

The Rio Gallery is located inside the Rio Grande Depot at 300 S. Rio Grande Street, Salt Lake City. Gallery hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday – Friday. Additionally the Gallery is open in partnership with The Downtown Winter Farmers Market every other Saturday from 10 a.m. -2 p.m. from Jan. 16 -April 23, 2016.

Utah Arts & Museums Announces Sustainability Grants – 23 Dec 2015

SALT LAKE CITY— Utah Arts & Museums announces Sustainability grants, available to nonprofit arts organizations across the state of Utah. Last year, UA&M granted over $900,000 in Sustainability grants. These grants were established to help nonprofit arts organizations provide high quality arts programming. Funding is for general operating expenses. These funds may go towards staff salaries, professional development, board training, and general program development, among other things. The application deadline is Feb. 12, 2016.

“Utah arts organizations provide a tremendous asset to our communities, and to our quality of life,” said Gay Cookson, Director of Utah Arts & Museums. “. Our sustainability grant gives arts organizations the financial support to cultivate and grow their artistic programming and services in order to achieve their mission. We are proud to offer this funding opportunity to ensure continued success for arts organizations throughout the state.”

For questions or assistance with the application process, please contact the Grants Manager, Laurel Cannon Alder at 801.236.7550, or the Community Arts Specialist, Hilary Amnah at 801.236.7544. Guidelines and applications are online and may be accessed through For guidelines and more information on these grants, please visit

Rio & Alice Galleries Seek Exhibition Proposals from Artists across Utah – 22 Dec 2015

SALT LAKE CITY— The Rio and Alice galleries in Salt Lake City will be accepting proposals for exhibitions scheduled for July 2016 – Jan. 2017. Both galleries participate in the monthly Salt Lake Gallery Stroll and host public receptions on Gallery Stroll evenings. Proposals from artists, arts organizations, and independent curators are welcome; these include both solo exhibitions and small group shows of two to eight artists, or larger curated/juried exhibits. Applications open Jan. 1, 2016 and are due Feb. 1, 2016.

The Rio & Alice Galleries are a program of the Utah Division of Arts & Museums. “We are proud to offer these galleries as a free venue to Utah artists,” said Gay Cookson, Director of Arts & Museums. “In 2015 we exhibited the work of over 215 artists and we look forward to seeing new artists to our venues in this coming year.” Both emerging and established artists are encouraged to collaborate on exhibits and engage the community through art making and dialogue. Exhibitions have been a program of the state since 1899.

Utah artist Namon Bills stated, “The Rio has a great variety of shows…It’s a large, beautiful space that rivals any in the state as an exhibition venue. It can accommodate large-scale shows that other venues simply cannot. Its position as a state-owned entity allows the Rio to be dedicated to artistic expression, without being concerned about sales or profit. This creates an invaluable opportunity to showcase quality artwork that may fall outside the traditional for-profit gallery model. This provides important opportunities for artists and educational opportunities for the viewing public as well.”

“I believe that these group exhibits have established me in the community as a serious and persistent artist” said Trent Alvey. “I owe the program a huge debt of gratitude for transitioning me into receiving grants from other agencies and helping me to create a market among individual art collectors, as well as establishing me in other local galleries.”

To submit a proposal for exhibition visit and download guidelines in the Galleries section. Stipends are available to assist in the production of the exhibit.

Utah Arts & Museums Announces Local Arts Agency Grants – 21 Dec 2015

SALT LAKE CITY— Utah Arts & Museums announces Local Arts Agency grants, available to designated organizations meeting the artistic and cultural needs of their community. Last year, UA&M granted over $100,000 in Local Arts Agency funds. These grants provide general operating support to ensure that the cultural, civic, educational, and economic benefits of the arts are accessible to every community in the state. Local Arts Agencies can be nonprofit or local government organizations. These grants require that organizations to have a current Local Arts Agency Designation Agreement with their city or county municipality. The application deadline is February 26, 2016. Grant requests can be up to $15,000.

“Local Arts Agencies provide essential services to communities throughout the state” said Gay Cookson, Director of Utah Arts & Museums. “This funding opportunity empowers Local Arts Agencies to cultivate and support a variety of community-level arts initiatives including arts education programs, stewarding a community’s art collection, running a cultural facility, and re-granting, among other activities and services. As Utah’s State Arts Agency, we are proud to offer this important funding to support community arts.”

For questions or assistance with the application process, please contact the Grants Manager, Laurel Cannon Alder at 801.236.7550, or the Community Arts Specialist, Hilary Amnah at 801.236.7544. Guidelines and applications are online and may be accessed through For guidelines and more information on these grants, please visit

Utah Arts & Museums Announces $10,000 Visual Artists Fellowship Deadline and Juror for 2016 – 18 Dec 2015

SALT LAKE CITY— The Utah Division of Arts & Museums will award two $10,000 Visual Arts Fellowships to acknowledge and encourage the careers of professional artists who demonstrate exceptional talent and dedication. Applications open Jan. 1, 2016 and are due Feb. 1, 2016.

Artists will be chosen by juror JoAnne Northrup. Northrup is the Director of Contemporary Art Initiatives at the Nevada Museum of Art. In 2011 Northrup was Fulbright Senior Research Scholar at the ZKM Center for Art + Media in Karlsruhe, Germany. As Chief Curator (2008-2011) and Senior Curator (2001-2008) at the San Jose Museum of Art, she curated and authored the first nationally touring survey exhibitions and monographs on contemporary media artists Jennifer Steinkamp (2006) and Leo Villareal (2010). Northrup received a B.A. in Art History from the University of California Santa Barbara and an M.A. from the University of Southern California’s Art History/Museum Studies Program. She currently oversees the Nevada Museum of Art’s efforts to expand the contemporary collection and exhibition program, cultivates collectors and donors, and collaborates with her colleagues to organize the Nevada Museum of Art’s flagship triennial Art + Environment Conferences.

“Each year the remarkable and notable accomplishments of Utah’s visual artists bring national attention to the state for artistic achievement,” Utah Arts & Museums Director Gay Cookson said. “It’s important for us to recognize and support these artists so they may continue their critical work of strengthening our communities and enhancing the quality of life in Utah.”

Utah Arts & Museums is the oldest publicly funded state arts agency in the nation, with a tradition of recognition and support for individual artist. This tradition continues each year through the Visual Arts Fellowship Program. For application and full guidelines visit:

For more information please contact: Felicia Baca, Visual Arts Manager at the Utah Division of Arts & Museums by phone (801.245.7272) or email (

Past Exhibitions

Below is a chronological list of all past exhibitions in our Rio and Alice Galleries. For more information on how to submit a proposal to show in one of our galleries, please visit our galleries page.


Statewide Annual Competition – Nov 20, 2015 – Jan 8, 2016


Rio Gallery




Summer Day

Reformation: A Rearranging of Elements – Sept 18, 2015 – Nov 13, 2015

Artists: Rebecca Klundt

Alice Gallery




TillFlora and Fauna – July 17, 2015 – Sept 11, 2015

Artists: Donald Beauregard, Catherine Kuzminski, John Telford, Josh Winegar, Rose Howard Salisbury, Sam Wilson, V Douglas Snow, Tom Till, Patricia Kimball, Henry Rasmusen, Michael Keogh, Joseph Cancilla, Lena Konopasek, Grace Begay and Marvin Jim, Henry Holiday, Keisha Goeckeritz, David Meikle.

Alice Gallery – Works from the State of Utah Fine Art Collection



Articles of Clothing – July 31, 2015 – Aug 28, 2015

Artists: Daniel Barney, Jennifer Barton, Fidalis Buehler, Brian Christensen, Gary Barton, Von Allen, Jen Harmon Allen, Joseph Ostraff, Sunny Taylor.

Rio Gallery



Cost of Anything – May 15, 2015 – July 10, 2015

Artists: Chris Purdie, Abraham Kimball, Adam Larsen, Madison Smith, Paul Woods

Alice Gallery




Spring City Atelier – June 19, 2015 – July 24, 2015

Artists: Joan Durfey, George Olson, Lanny Britsch, Randall Lake, Kathleen Peterson, Eileen Guernsey Brown, Ruth Olson, Ed Soper, Sophie Soprano, Ken Baxter, Shirley McKay Britsch, Lynn Farrar, Loni Carter, Richard Gate, Cassandria Parsons, M’Lisa Paulsen, Lisa Potter, Kerry Soper, Jaime Webb, Susan Gallacher, Lee Bennion, Joe Bennion, Larry Campbell.

Rio Gallery


Seven – May 8, 2015 – June 12, 2015

Artists: Anna Laurie MacKay, Meredith Prévot, Jean Richardson.Hadley Rampton, Steven Lee Adams, Brandon Cook, Craig Cleveland, Eric Thompson, Janell James, Nathan Florence.

Rio Gallery



Other Places – March 13, 2015 – May 8, 2015

Artists: Anna Laurie MacKay, Meredith Prévot, Jean Richardson.

Alice Gallery




Collective Experience – March 20, 2015 – April 29, 2015

Artists: Joey Behrens, Sandy Brunvand, Stefanie Dykes, Michael Handley, Jenevieve Hubbard, Satu Hummasti, Beth Krensky, Colin Ledbetter, Dawn Oughton, Suzanne Simpson and Jim Frazer, Heidi Somsen, Amie Tullius, Lucia Volker.

Rio Gallery



Utah Artists Elsewhere – Jan 23, 2015 – March 6, 2015

Artists: Brent Franklin Larsen, Brent Shaw, Carlos Anderson, Charles Woodbury, Edward Maryon, Florence

Alice Gallery – Works from the State of Utah Fine Art Collection




Next – Jan 16, 2015 – March 13, 2015

Artists: Jan Andrews, Colby Brewer, James Charles, Jared Lindsay Clark, Alison Denyer, Christopher Gauthièr, Mark Hedengren, Joseph Ostraff, Kathy Puzey, Josh Winegar, Wendy Wischer, David Wolske.

Rio Gallery




Statewide Annual Competition – Nov 21, 2014 – Jan 9, 2015


Rio Gallery




Natural Order – Nov 21, 2014 – Jan 16, 2015

Artists: Kent Budge

Alice Gallery




Between Worlds – Sept 19, 2014 – Nov 14, 2014

Artists: Bernard C. Myers

Alice Gallery




Devotees and their Shrines – July 18, 2014 – Sept 12, 2014

Artists: George Wesley Browning, Henry Lavender Adolphus Culmer, Myra Sawyer, Mary H Teasdale, John Hafen, Avard Fairbanks, Mahonri Macintosh Young, Alma B Wright, George M Ottinger, Donald Beauregard, Dan Weggeland, Lee Greene Richards, Edwin Evans, James Taylor Harwood, J Leo Fairbanks

Alice Gallery – Works from the State of Utah Fine Art Collection



Spaces – July 18, 2014 – Aug 22, 2014

Artists: Holly Jarvis, Andrew Rice,  Marcus Vincent

Rio Gallery




Collision: Ballstaedt, Crosby and Frioux – June 13, 2014 – July 11, 2014

Artists: Andrew Ballstaedt, Lisa Crosby,  Jonathan Frioux

Rio Gallery




Family of Things – May 16, 2014 – July 11, 2014

Artists: Mary Baum, Tiana Birrell, Ronald Linn, Hannah Mortensen, Jena Schmidt

Alice Gallery




Plural and Partial – March 28, 2014 – April 30, 2014

Artists: Mary Baum, Tiana Birrell, Ronald Linn, Hannah Mortensen, Jena Schmidt

Rio Gallery




Abstract – May 9, 2014 – June 6, 2014 – Rio Gallery

Artists: Jean Arnold, Mike Bernard, Paul  Bernard, Fidalis Buehler, Carlisle, Oonju Chun, Carolyn Coalson, Denise Crane, Meri DeCaria, Toni Doilney, Darryl B. Erdmann, Josanne Glass, Brent Godfrey, D. Hake Brinckerhoff, Nel Ivancich, Rebecca Jocoby, Jeff Juhlin, Bill Lee, Randee Levine, Dave Malone, Layne Meacham, Kathy Minck, John O’Connell, Denis Phillips, Emily Plewe, Jennifer Rasmusson, Paul Reynolds, Bruce Robertson, Steven K. Sheffield, Sunny Taylor



Mark by Mark – March 14, 2014 – May 9, 2014

Artists: Al Denyer, Lydia Gravis, K Stevenson

Alice Gallery




Utah’s 15 – Feb 21, 2014 – March 21, 2014

Artists: Paul Davis, Brian Kershisnik, Trent Alvey, Sandy Brunvand, Anna Campbell Bliss, Ruby Chacon, Anne Cullimore Decker, John Erickson, Stephen Goldsmith, Bonnie Phillips, Brad Slaugh, Terry Tempest Williams, Sam Wilson, Frank McEntire, Joan Woodbury

Rio Gallery



Only Light – Jan 17, 2014 – Feb 14, 2014

Artists: Alex Moya, Lynn Hoffman-Brouse & Annie Brewer, Lenka Konopasek, Beth Krensky, Jorge Rojas, Trevor Southey, Fidalis Buehler, Margaret R. Tarampi, Christopher M. Faithier, Carlos Anderson, Lily Havey, Cori Redstone, Mary Toscano, Trent Alvey, Darnel Haney

Rio Gallery




Statewide Annual Competition – Oct 18, 2013 – Nov 22, 2013


Rio Gallery




Borderline – Dec 6, 2013 – Jan 10, 2014

Artists: Chuck Landvatter, Megan Mitchell, Joe Strickland

Rio Gallery





There Must Be Black – Nov 15, 2013 – Jan 3, 2014

Artists: Catherine Downing, Nancy Steele-Makasci, Tawni Shuler

Alice Gallery




The Green Show – Oct 11, 2013 – Nov 8, 2013

Artists: Blia Lee, Ada C. Irvine, Jerry Fagerlund, Andy Watson, Lee Deffebach, Gaylen C. Hansen, Gordon Cope, Kathryn G. Gordon, Edwin Oberbeck, Dale T. Fletcher, Wendy Chidester, Michael Herbert, Mark Petersen, Verla Birrell, Everett C. Thorpe, M.J. Alldredge

Alice Gallery – Works from the State of Utah Fine Art Collection



That Thing You Hate – Aug 2, 2013 – Oct 4, 2013

Artists: Namon Bills and Jeffery R. Pugh, Linnie Brown and Casey Childs, Christopher Terry and Justin Wheatley

Alice Gallery




This is the Place – Aug 16, 2013 – Sept 13, 2013

Artists: Paul Adams, Fidalis Buhler, Brian Christensen, Jim Jacobs, Amy Jorgensen, Jessica Li, Joe Ostraff, Linda Reyholds, Clay Wagstaff

Rio Gallery




Love Hours – June 21, 2013 – July 26, 2013

Artists: Leah Moses, Kelly Brooks, Nathan Florence, Trevor Southey, Susan Kruger Barber, Brad Barber

Alice Gallery




Tin – May 10, 2013 – June 14, 2013 – Rio Gallery

Artists: Antony Cox, Christopher Lynn, Chelsea Hertford-Taylor, Nancy Olson, Ai Childress, Jared Latimer, Daniel Everett, Amy Webb, Carleton Christy, Raquel Smith-Callis, Mike Whiting, Ike Bushman, Kate Mooth, Kelly Humphrey, Colby Brewer, Jen Harmon-Allen, Rebekah Smith, Madison Smith, Jean Richardson, Pam Bowman, Ashley Baker, Ryan Browning, Roland Thompson, Todd Chilton, Katie Rojas, Sunnie Bybee, Namon Bills, Susan Krueger-Barber, Joe Penrod, Casey Smith, Chris Purdie, Sean Morello, Emily McPhie, Chris Coy, Pamela Beach, Paul Woods, Jared Lindsay Clark, Allan Ludwig, J. Kirk Richards, John & Robin Gumaelius, Joanne Smith Seal, Gian Pierotti, Chip Rich, John Sproul, Allan Ludwig, Abraham Kimball, Ruel Brown, Anne Goodrich



Mélange – April 5, 2013 – June 14, 2013

Artists: Francis L Horspool, Frank McEntire, Carole Doubek, Roscoe A Grover, Boyd Reese, Rose Howard Salisbury, Sam Wilson

Alice Gallery – Works from the State of Utah Fine Art Collection




Lenzi, Reynolds, Tachinni – March 15, 2013 – April 26, 2013

Artists: Kristina Lenzi, Eugene Tachinni, Susan Reynolds

Rio Gallery




Portrait as Narrative and Narrative as Portrait – Feb 15, 2013 – March 30, 2013

Artists: Andrew Ballstaedt, Jethro Gillespie, Rebecca Pletsch

Alice Gallery




Arrivals/Departures – Jan 18, 2013 – March 8, 2013

Artists: Juan Aldape, Edward Pultar, Ellen Bromberg, Sam Hanson, Prentice Whitlow, Ashley Anderson, Diana Crum, Danielle Short, David Rousseve

Rio Gallery