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Public Art Opportunities in Provo, West Valley City

The Utah Public Art Program of the Division of Arts and Museums has issued two calls for letters of interest and qualifications for projects in Provo and West Valley City.

The deadline for the 4th District Court building in Provo is March 31 and for a new liquor store in West Valley City (pictured) is April 7. Details about both projects can be found at publicart.utah.gov and applications may be submitted at callforentry.org. Continue reading

Winning Utah Student Artists Exhibit Work at Utah Capitol

Twenty-seven high school students were honored recently in the chambers of the Utah Senate for their work in annual Utah Senate Visual Arts Scholarship Competition.

Each of the students were presented scholarships of $5,000 to $300 by their state senator, depending on their placement in the compeition. The scholarships will be deposited in an account through the Utah Educational Savings Plan.

Students submitted artwork with images of the Utah landscape, and judging was done by an independent panel. The competition, an initiative of Senate President Wayne Niederhauser, is sponsored by the President’s office, the Utah State Senate, Art Works for Kids, Comcast, Zion’s Bank, KeyBank, and the Utah Division of Arts & Museums.

“We were pleased with the amount of participation in this special art competition,” Utah Arts & Museums Director Gay Cookson said. “This is an important showcase for the talented high school students in Utah and how the arts are an important part of their education.”

The winning art work will be exhibited on the third floor corridor of the Utah State Capitol through the 2017 Utah Legislative Session. The 1st place art work, Dead Horse Point (pictured below) by Cadence Peterson of Maple Mountain High School in Nebo School District, will remain permanently in the Utah Senate suite.

Students from Alpine, Beaver, Cache, Canyons, Daggett, Davis, Duchesne, Granite, Iron, Jordan, Juab, North Sanpete, Ogden, Provo, Salt Lake City, Sevier, San Juan, Tooele, Uintah, Washington, Weber School districts, charter and private schools participated – a total of 232 students from 21 of the 41 school districts.

The student winners included:
1st Place –Nebo School District, Maple Mountain High School – Cadence Peterson
2nd Place – Canyons School District, Jordan High School – Tiffany Castillo
3rd Place – Davis School District, Woods Cross High School – Jacob McKee

Honorable Mentions:

  • Davis School District, Davis High School – Emily Ellis
  • Iron County School District, Cedar High School – Lauren Marchant
  • San Juan School District, Monticello High School – Easton Bowring
  • Uintah School District, Uintah High School – Hope Martushev
  • Granite School District, Olympus High School – Eliza Anderson
  • Salt Lake City School District, Highland High School – Samantha Dunaway
  • Washington School District, Snow Canyon High School – Zaida Machado
  • Granite School District, Granger High School – Brynleigh Rosier
  • Logan, Fast Forward Charter High School – Analia Evans
  • Nebo School District, Maple Mountain High School – Emily Johnson
  • Weber School District, Weber High School – Bradley Gray
  • Granite School District, Cottonwood High School – Christopher Woodward
  • Alpine School District, Westlake High School – Aubary Wilson
  • Jordan School District, Herriman School – Adam Anderson
  • Duchesne School District, Union High School – Quentin Drake
  • Provo School District, Provo High School – Rebekah Campbell
  • Daggett School District, Manila High School – Cody Smith
  • Alpine School District, Skyridge High School – Rhiannon Gray
  • Jordan School District, Herriman High School – Annie Bearden
  • Ogden School District, Ben Loman High School – Raquel Juarez
  • North Sanpete School District, North Sanpete High School – Ethan Ostraff
  • Davis School District, Bountiful High School – Sarah Gould
  • Home School – Riley Cruz
  • Alpine School District, Timpanogos High School – Lindsay Palmatier

Utah Division of Arts & Museums Seeks Nominations for Arts Leaders

am_things_events_governors_delora_and_first_lady1-300x246SALT LAKE CITY – The Utah Division of Arts & Museums seeks nominations for the 2017 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 4, 2017 at the Utah Cultural Celebration Center in West Valley City.

Established in 1980, the Governor’s Awards in the Arts recognize individuals and organizations that Continue reading

Equity & Inclusion

Our Commitment:
The Utah Division of Arts & Museums promotes equity that involves all people, including those who have been historically underrepresented, in: policymaking; support of artists and organizations; and fair access of resources.


Utah Arts & Museums: Modeling Through Action

To provide informed, authentic leadership for inclusion and cultural equity, we:

  • Provide board and staff training on what cultural equity is and its importance
  • Include questions on cultural equity in all grant applications
  • Practice equitable hiring practices for division staff
  • Prioritize equity when serving constituents in all programs

Acknowledgements & Affirmations from Americans for the Arts

  • In the United States, there are systems of power that grant privilege and access unequally such that inequity and injustice result, and that must be continuously addressed and changed.
  • Cultural equity is critical to the long-term viability of the arts and museums sector.
  • We must all hold ourselves accountable, because acknowledging and challenging our inequities and working in partnership is how we will make change happen.
  • Everyone deserves equal access to a full, vibrant creative life, which is essential to a healthy and democratic society.
  • The prominent presence of artists challenges inequities and encourages alternatives.

Statement from Americans for the Arts on Cultural Equity

Below is a PDF of Americans for the Arts’ Statement on Cultural Equity. We’ve also included an editable version in Word for your convenience to use as a working model for your organization if needed.

Editable Cultural Equity Statement for Your Organization
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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.

En Plein Air: Levi Jackson & Adam Bateman 

Jan 20 – March 10, 2017

Please join us for a Gallery Stroll opening reception January 20th from 6-9 p.m.

Adam Bateman and Levi Jackson, in collaboration, have made 60 paintings en plein air as a performative act, returning them to their forgotten foundation in the western landscape. Having both grown up and lived in rural areas of the West, both Jackson and Bateman kicked against the tradition of landscape painting as the defining characteristic of western art’s historical significance and culture. For this exhibition they have traveled headfirst into seeing the landscape through painting’s eyes.

Location & Hours

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

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

Proposals for exhibitions in July 2017-Jan of 2018 will be accepted January 1-February 1, 2017. Be sure to download the GUIDELINES prior to submitting your proposal online.

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Questions?

Contact the Rio Gallery Manager
Felicia Baca at 801.245.7272

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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 and 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.

Collect: Recent acquisition from the State of Utah Fine Art Collection and Salt Lake County Art Collection

January 20 – March 3, 2017
Please join us for a Gallery Stroll opening reception February 17th, from 6-9 p.m.

 

Collect, a collaboration between the Utah Division of Arts & Museums and the Salt Lake County Public Art Program, exhibits the recent and contemporary art acquisitions of both agencies.

Hosted in the state-owned Alice Gallery, Collect is a collaboration that highlights works from the two collections, including many that have never been shown publicly.

Utah is home to the first state-funded arts council in the nation, founded in 1898 and now known as the Utah Division of Arts & Museums. State Rep. Alice Merrill Horne founded the agency based on visual art collecting, exhibitions, and educational programs. Since that time, the state has continued to acquire artworks with the goal of supporting the careers of Utah artists and building a collection of the state’s artistic heritage. The Fine Art Collection now includes over 1,400 works of art in addition to actively maintained Public Art and Folk Art collections.

The Salt Lake County Art Program began in 1985, as part of the Percent-for-Art legislative mandate, to furnish the newly constructed County Government Buildings on 2100 South State Street with art. Since that time works have continued to be acquired through annual purchases and donations. The eclectic Salt Lake County Art Collection has more than 600 works of art exhibited throughout county-owned facilities. Every artist in the collection has lived or worked in Utah or is currently working in Utah.

Works from the State Collection include artists Trent Alvey, John Wood, Levi Jackson, Jim Williams, Kevin Kehoe, Ruby Chacon, John Bell, Daniel Everett, Lenka Konopasek, and Jean Arnold . These works have yet to be show in public venues since their acquisition. They range from the 1980s to present day and include paintings, photographs and mixed media works.

Works from the County include artists John Owen Erickson, Namon Bills, Bill Laursen, Wendy Chidester, Don Doxey, Brad Greenwell, Beth Krensky, Lucia Heffernan, John O’Connell, and Jody Plant.

Location & Hours

Glendinning Home, 617 East South Temple, Salt Lake City
8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday – Friday; Closed Saturday – Sunday
Free and open to the public

Proposals for Exhibitions

Proposals for exhibitions in July 2017-Jan of 2018 will be accepted January 1-February 1, 2017. Be sure to download the GUIDELINES prior to submitting your proposal online. Incomplete entries will not be accepted.

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Download Alice Gallery floorplans.

Questions?

Contact the Gallery Manager
Felicia Baca at 801.245.7272

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Poetry Central

Welcome to Poetry Central! Created by Lance Larsen, PhD, Utah Poet Laureate 2012-2017, Poetry Central is a clearinghouse of information for teachers, students, and anyone else interested in reading and writing poetry.

Reading Poetry

A great way to interact with poetry is by hearing poets read their own work. Visit our Bite-Size Poetry page to watch videos of notable Utah poets reading short poems. If you want to see a list of the videos in each YouTube playlist, click here: 2015 Bite-Size Poetry or here: 2009-2011 Bite-Size Poetry

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Here are great websites for reading both classic and contemporary poetry:

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Writing Poetry

We’ve gathered poetry prompts from many of the Bite-Size Poetry poets. Those noted with an asterisk (*) are exercises especially well-suited for K-12 classrooms.

*Shanan Ballam, “Mapping the Neighborhood”

Lisa Bickmore, “Invention and Discovery”

*Marilyn Bushman-Carlton, “Generating Poems from Epigraphs”

Rob Carney, “12 Tasks”

*Elaine Christensen, “A Suitcase Packed with Everyday Things”

*Chris Cokinos, “A Surrealist Game for Two”

Katharine Coles, “Centos, Pantoums, Erasure Poems”

Star Coulbrooke, “Writing Your Childhood”

*Brock Dethier, “A Thank-you Poem”

Craig Dworkin, “Found Poetry and Experimentation”

Siân Griffiths, “The Cinematic Eye: Writing Image-Driven Poems”

Ben Gunsberg, “Write a Rhapsody”

Jean Howard, “Writing Extreme Performance Poems”

*Kimberly Johnson, “Fifty Sentences”

Janine Joseph, “World into Word”

*Lance Larsen, “Pieces of Eight: Pocket Poetry Exercises”

Jason Olsen, “The Group Title Prompt”

Jacqueline Osherow, “Go to the Zoo”

Paisley Rekdal, “The Next Thing Always Belongs”

*Susan Roche, “Doo-Dads”

Natasha Sajé, “Poems Aware of History”

Susan Sample, “Best Words in the Best Order”

*Gail Schimmelpfennig, “Gifts to the Imagination”

Jon Sebba, “Twenty Little Poetry Projects”

Ned Snell, “Getting Started”

*Laura Stott, “The Train Station Poem”

Nancy Takacs, “Writing a Poem on a Road”

Visit the Poets & Writers page for some good poetry prompts online:

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Visit the Academy of American Poets page for information about various poetry forms:

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Dr. Larsen recommends these books with poetry exercises and prompts:

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A Different Perspective on Landscape Painting at Rio Gallery

adam_leviUtah Arts & Museums presents En Plein Air: Levi Jackson & Adam Bateman, an exhibition on display at the Rio Gallery from Jan 20th – March 10th, 2017. An artist’s reception will be held on January 20th from 6-9 p.m. for Gallery Stroll.

Adam Bateman and Levi Jackson, in collaboration, have made 60 paintings en plein air as a performative act, returning them to their forgotten foundation in the western landscape. Having both grown up and lived in rural areas of the West, both Jackson and Bateman kicked against the tradition of landscape painting as the defining characteristic of western art’s historical significance and culture. For this exhibition they have traveled headfirst into seeing the landscape through painting’s eyes.

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 through Friday.

Additionally, the Rio Gallery is open during the Winter Market at the Rio Grande Depot. The Winter Market hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Jan. 28, Feb. 11, and Feb. 25. Vendors sell local artisan goods, foods, and crafts, and the market also includes food trucks.

Applications Open For $10,000 Visual Arts Fellowships

gilbert-vicario_28-printThe Utah Division of Arts & Museums will award two $10,000 Visual Arts Fellowships to support the careers of professional artists who demonstrate exceptional talent and dedication.

Interested artists can apply for the fellowship beginning Jan. 1, 2017, with a deadline of Feb. 1, 2017. Guidelines found here (PDF).

Artists will be chosen by juror Gilbert Vicario, the Selig Family Chief Curator at the Phoenix Art Museum. Prior to joining the Phoenix Art Museum in 2015, he was senior curator and division head for curatorial affairs at the Des Moines Art Center for six years.

Vicario has extensive international experience organizing exhibitions that present artwork from around the globe. He has a passion for exploring links between historical works and contemporary art and an interest in Latin American and Latino Art. He holds a Masters in curatorial studies from Bard College.

“We’re encouraged by Gilbert’s background and familiarity with both historical and contemporary works, as well as a regional understanding of artists in the West. He will be an excellent fit for judging the diversity of Utah artists,” Visual Arts Manager Felicia Baca said. “We have a great sense of pride in our Utah artists and remain committed to supporting their work.”

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

For application and full guidelines visit visualarts.utah.gov. For more information please contact Felicia Baca, Visual Arts Manager at the Utah Division of Arts & Museums by phone (801.245.7272) or email (fbaca@utah.gov).