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Thirteen Individuals Set Out to Lead Change in their Utah Communities – 18 May 2016

SALT LAKE CITY — On Wednesday, May 4th, 2016, the Utah Division of Arts & Museums recognized 13 certified graduates of the Change Leader Institute, an innovative leadership development program for people interested in advancing their communities through culture and the arts. The certified Change Leaders are:

Jenna Aldrich, Millard County 4-H (Fillmore)
Kim Angeli (Salt Lake City)
Julie Fisher, Utah Department of Heritage and Arts (Salt Lake City)
Nadra Haffar, Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art (Logan)
Amir Jackson, Nurture the Creative Mind (Ogden)
Nikki Koontz, Southern Utah University (Cedar City)
Jen Lopez, Clever Octopus (Salt Lake City)
Serah Mead, KZMU Moab Public Radio (Moab)
Una Pett, Utah Museum of Fine Arts (Salt Lake City)
Brian Powell, Utah Shakespeare Festival/SUU Arts Administration Program (Cedar City)
Margo Richards, Holladay Arts Council (Holladay)
Suzanne Walker, Midvale Arts Council (Midvale)
Mary Wells, Utah Calligraphic Artists (Ogden)

“The Change Leader network is enhancing Utah’s communities with exciting arts and cultural projects,” said Gay Cookson, Director of the Utah Division of Arts & Museums. “We are delighted to welcome these newly-certified graduates to the growing network, and look forward to following their progress as they engage with their communities and fellow Change Leaders.”

Change Leaders acquire communication and community-building skills in a three-day intensive training course and then design and complete a certification project applying what they have learned. Once certified, participants join a network of more over 200 Change Leaders across Utah who regularly convene, partner on projects, mentor each other, and generate positive change.

Certification projects allow Change Leaders to utilize their training in a practical, individually meaningful way. Projects for this class of Change Leaders included:

  • Holding focus groups on how to best utilize Buskers in Salt Lake City
  • Implementing a community visioning program called the “Ogden Art Tank”
  • Trademarking Southern Utah University as the “University of Parks”
  • Creating a mobile creative re-use arts education organization
  • Facilitating conversations and programs around the feminist experience in Moab
  • Raising awareness of the calligraphic arts and a national calligraphy conference

For more information about the Change Leader Program or a list of certified Change Leaders, or contact Hilary Amnah, Community Arts Coordinator, Direct media inquiries to Josh Loftin,

The Artistic Symbolism of a Veil Featured in Rio Gallery Exhibit – 13 May 2016

SALT LAKE CITY — The Painted Veil, a new group exhibition at the Rio Gallery from May 20 to July 8, 2016, extend possible interpretations of the veil.  An artist reception will be held May 20 from 6-9 p.m. during Gallery Stroll.

Veils are rich in symbolism and often thought of as pathways into other realms. They obscure and disguise while prompting curiosity about what lies beyond. Throughout history, the veil has served as a tool for artistic investigation: the veiled virgin sculptures of Strazza and Bernini, the nonrepresentational abstractions of Kandinsky, and the Muslim veil, which has become one of the most powerful symbols in contemporary visual culture.

Curator Jorge Rojas derived the exhibit title from Percy Bysshe Shelley’s poem, “Lift Not the Painted Veil,” in which the veil carries many meanings. The veil separates life and death, serves as a gateway between earthly and heavenly realms, a curtain that one must part to discover true love, and even a cosmic veil that must be pierced to glimpse the mysteries of our origins.

“In this show, the veil is both a shroud obscuring what lies beyond, as well as an object infused with its own mystery,” Rojas says. “But this show is also about seeing, and how the act of seeing can be a philosophical, creative, and even a mystical endeavor, as well as a sensory one.”

Using materials such as glass, paint, and resins, The Painted Veil works require the viewer to look through, into, orbeyond the artwork. Several use transparency, translucency, and opacity to filter light and offer a glimpse into the artist’s engagement with the respective materials.

The Painted Veil features 15 Utah-based artists and includes painting, photography, sculpture, video, and installations by Trent Alvey, Jan Andrews, Christine Baczek, Jared Lindsay Clark, Daniel Everett, Jenevieve Hubbard, Sarinda Jones, Amy Jorgensen, Beth Krensky, Stephanie Leitch, Lizze Määttälä, Colour Maisch, Jared Steffensen, Roland Thompson, and Brian Usher.

The Rio Gallery is a program of the Utah Division of Arts & Museums. It is located inside the Rio Grande Depot at 300 S. Rio Grande Street, Salt Lake City. Gallery hours are M-F, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Utah Artist Weaves Inner and Outer World through Oil Painting – 27 April 2016

SALT LAKE CITY — A solo exhibition featuring new works by Downy Doxey-Marshall will be on view at the Alice Gallery from May 13-July 8, 2016. The exhibition is entitled /klōTH/. A public reception will be held on Friday, May 20, from 6-9 p.m. in collaboration with the Salt Lake Gallery Stroll. The Alice Gallery is free and open to the public Monday – Friday8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

The artist said she rediscovered her love for oil painting after many years of working with mixed media and egg tempera. Informed by the juxtaposition of personal adornments and the natural landscape, Doxey-Marshall seamlessly weaves the inner and outer world. Painting images from clothes hanging in her closet and combining them with skies, clouds, fallen leaves, branches and stars, she creates a narrative about how nature eventually ravages the objects we consider precious and then discards them. It’s a fate that Doxey-Marshall believes cannot be escaped.

“I am inspired by moments of hope, the in-between spaces, and that which is left behind by time,” Doxey-Marshall said.

Downy Doxey-Marshall’s works are held in the permanent collections of the State of Utah Fine Art Collection and the Springville Museum of Art. Doxey-Marshall was a finalist in the 1998 Utah Arts Council Fellowship Award and her mural work is also featured in the Provo City Center Temple.

The Rio & Alice Galleries were created as a service to Utah artists. They provide free venues for emerging and established artists to collaborate on exhibits and engage the community through art making and dialogue. For more information on exhibition and other program opportunities visit

Traveling Exhibitions

Traveling exhibitions are curated as a collaborative partnership with local artists, arts organizations and institutions. Utah museums, colleges, university and community galleries, arts and cultural centers, libraries and schools all register for the exhibitions annually. These exhibits and their accompanying educational materials provide public access to quality visual art, nurture understanding of diverse art forms and cultures, promote creativity and encourage cultural activities in local communities.


Registration is now open for the 2016-2017 season. Registration is open from May 1 – 31, 2016. Exhibits will be scheduled for August 2016 to June 2017. Shows are booked on a first-come, first-served basis.


If you have questions or problems with the form contact Fletcher Booth, 801-824-9177

Registration for the 2017-20187 season will begin May 1, 2017.


If you would like to see where these exhibits will be traveling, simply click on the exhibit title below for a schedule. Our exhibits are available to schools, colleges, museums, libraries and cultural centers in Utah. Select the exhibition below for more information. 

Returning Exhibitions

New for 2016-17

If you would like to participate in TEP and are part of a school, library or other potential TEP sponsoring institution, please read our requirements:

Please note that the exhibit(s) you select may or may not be the exhibit(s) awarded to your institution. We look forward to receiving your registration and working with you to maintain a visual arts presence in Utah schools and libraries in the years to come.

This program is supported in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, Washington, D.C., and by programming funds from the Utah Division of Arts & Museums.

TEP in the News!

Read how the State Fair Exhibition has made an impact on the students at Hobble Creek Elementary…CLICK HERE.

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If you hosted an exhibition during the 2015-2016 TEP season, please take a few minutes to share your feedback by clicking here to take our survey.


Fletcher Booth, TEP Coordinator – 801.824.9177

Arts Leaders Gather at Mountain West Arts Conference – 20 April 2016

SALT LAKE CITY — On Thursday, May 5, the Utah Division of Arts & Museums will host its 10th Annual Mountain West Arts Conference, where arts leaders and advocates gather to share ideas, access essential resources, and create community connections.

The conference will welcome game designer Colleen Macklin as the keynote speaker and a featured presenter. Macklin serves as an associate professor at Parsons The New School for Design. She is also the founder and co-director of PETlab, a place for testing prototyping methods and the process of collaborative design with organizations interested in using games as a form of public interest engagement.

“As I’ve been making games for change–and struggling through these issues–I have arrived at the position that providing more transparency about how games work is key,” Macklin said. “This might mean providing players with opportunities to encounter, reflect on or modify the game’s rules or it might mean co-designing games with stakeholders, which is what I have been doing with the Red Cross recently. Ultimately, I want to demystify games, how they interact with us, and how we interact with them.”

Gov. Gary Herbert will also recognize four leaders in the arts during an awards luncheon. The recipients are James Rees (Provo), Dr. Craig Jessop (Logan), Utah Arts Festival (Salt Lake City), and Zion Canyon Arts & Humanities Council(Springdale).

The Mountain West Arts Conference includes sessions on topics such as, building community through poetry, social media strategies, diversity and inclusion, art therapy. Storytelling through data, and using cultural heritage tourism to create successful partnerships.

For more information, visit the Utah Division of Arts & Museums Web site at or call 801.236.7554. Interviews with awardees or presenters should be coordinated through Josh Loftin at 801.245.7205 or through Laura Durham at 801.236.7553.

Grants Available for Arts Projects – 31 March 2016

SALT LAKE CITY – Utah Arts & Museums is pleased to announce the first round of Arts Project Grants are now available. The application deadline is May 13, 2016.

Arts Project grants enable organizations and groups, whose primary mission may or may not be arts-based, to develop and provide unique arts programs and opportunities to the community. Examples of fundable projects include festivals, exhibitions, concerts, creative place-making endeavors tied to community revitalization, or other innovative public presentations that advance the arts in a community or geographic region.

Request range is $500-$2,000, with a 1:1 cash match. Last year, Utah Arts & Museums granted more than $72,000 to programs across the state.

“The applicant pool is always brimming with worthy projects, and it is our privilege to assist these organizations in advancing their arts programming,” Utah Division of Arts & Museums Director Gay Cookson said.

For questions or assistance with the application process, please contact the Community Arts Coordinator, at801.236.7541. Grant guidelines are available at: are online and may be accessed through

Governor Herbert Honors Four Leaders in the Arts – 28 March 2016

SALT LAKE CITY — Gov. Gary R. Herbert and the Utah Division of Arts & Museums have announced the recipients of the 2016 Governor’s Leadership in the Arts Awards.

“This year’s recipients play important roles in highlighting the cultural magnificence of Utah, providing valuable educational opportunities, and boosting the economy of the state,” Gov. Gary Herbert said. “Their leadership enhances the livability of communities in all corners of Utah and prepares future generations for creative success.”

The 2016 Governor’s Leadership in the Arts award winners include:

The Governor’s Leadership in the Arts Awards recipients will be honored at a luncheon during the Mountain West Arts Conference on May 5, 2016, at the Utah Cultural Celebration Center in West Valley City. Luncheon reservations and conference registrations can be made online at

Utah Arts & Museums Director Gay Cookson said, “As a Division we have the privilege of working with many of these exceptional recipients on a regular basis through our programs and partnerships. I am proud of what these individuals and organizations have done to improve the lives of all Utahns and look forward to what they have yet to achieve.”

Registration is $125 for the full conference, including the Governor’s Leadership in the Arts Awards luncheon, or $55 for the luncheon alone. Senior, student and veteran rates are $75. Register online at Group and student rates are available. Educators can receive points toward Utah Educator’s License recertification. Table sponsorship opportunities are available. Details can be found on the Governor’s Leadership in the Arts page. For more information, visit the Utah Arts & Museums Web site or phone 801.236.7554.  Requests for interviews with awardees should be directed to Laura Durham, 801.236.7553,

Recipient Details

The Utah Arts Festival is the largest outdoor multi-disciplinary arts event in Utah with attendance hovering around 80,000 people annually. Having garnered numerous awards internationally, nationally and locally, the event remains a premiere summer events in Utah each June.

James Reese has taught art courses at Provo High School for 24 years. He has also taught at BYU, Westminster College, University of Arizona, Utah Valley University, and the Marie Walsh Sharpe foundation for artists. In additional to his teaching assignments and producing artwork, he is also involved in several local, state and national arts organizations.

Zion Canyon Arts & Humanities Council cultivates a climate of creativity and learning for the Zion Canyon communities of Springdale, Rockville and Virgin. They support the arts and humanities through an annual arts and crafts fair, workshops, performances, and other programming to benefit the community.

Craig Jessop is Professor of Music and the founding Dean of the Caine College of the Arts at Utah State University. He is also the founder and Music Director of the American Festival Chorus and Orchestra. Prior to these positions, Jessop had a distinguished tenure as music director of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.

Two Utah Installation Artists Given Prestigious Arts Award – 24 March 2016

SALT LAKE CITY — Utah artists David Brothers of Salt Lake City and Pam Bowman of Provo have received the 2016 Visual Arts Fellowship from the Utah Division of Arts & Museums. Each artist will receive $10,000 as part of the award that honors excellence in visual art.

Juror JoAnne Northrup, the Director of Contemporary Art Initiatives at the Nevada Museum of Art, said she selected Bowman and Brothers because of their awareness of the greater culture found through Utah. Overall, 124 Utah artists applied for the fellowship.

“In a state known for its natural beauty, it is remarkable that artists with a tendency to look inward are creating what I deem to be the most compelling art coming out of Utah today,” Northrup said. “Both Pam Bowman and David Brothers have constructed detailed—even obsessive—alternative worlds. They are both storytellers, and those stories seize the imagination of viewers. While it is tempting for Utah artists to reflect the glory of the natural environment, I was drawn to work with a strong conceptual basis, with a specific point of view conveyed through the formal elements.”

The Visual Arts Fellowship caps a “banner year” for Brothers, who finished several ambitious projects.

“Having set goals and accomplished them, it seemed appropriate to start even more enthusiastic projects, possibly even duplicate my notable year—but wait! Along comes the Visual Arts Fellowship and seals the deal, ups the stakes and raises the bar,” Brothers said. “I doubt I can top this flourishing precedent, but I look forward to trying. The fellowship super-charges my abilities to fulfill current aspirations with less compromise.”

Bowman’s work includes challenging installations that require a lot of materials as well as technical assistants. The Visual Arts Fellowship award will help cover those costs and allow her to explore new ideas.

“I am interested in researching indigenous crafts and textile work in different parts of the world, as they relate to repetitive work and domesticity,” Bowman said. “Having a more grounded knowledge of such processes will enrich my work conceptually. One avenue for this research is through pursuing international artist residencies. This could also allow me to act as an emissary for Utah by exhibiting my work more broadly. I am grateful to the juror JoAnne Northrup and to the Utah Division of Arts &Museums for having faith in me as an artist and for providing me with the opportunity to continue my work.”

Utah Arts & Museums partners with local arts non-profit Artists of Utah to produce short documentaries on fellowship recipients. Most recently, Artists of Utah published a short documentary on 2015 recipient Hyunmee Lee. Those videos can be found in archived editions of Additionally, exhibits featuring past fellows are occasionally held in galleries operated by the Utah Division of Arts & Museums.

The Visual Arts Fellowship Program awards two artists $10,000 each year to acknowledge their artistic excellence and encourage their careers. Artists practicing in a variety of media such as painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, sculpture, craft, and new genres are eligible. The awards do not require matching funds from the artists.

More information on the artists and the Visual Arts Fellowship Program can be found at

New Public Art Projects in St. George and Salt Lake City Seeking Artists – 21 March 2016

SALT LAKE CITY – The Utah Public Art Program of the Division of Arts & Museums, in association with the Division of Facilities and Construction Management, has published two public art project calls for letters of interest and qualifications from artists or artist teams.

The projects are for Dixie Applied Technology College in St. George and the Utah School for the Deaf and Blind – Salt Lake City Campus. The Art Selection Committees for both projects are hopeful the artists selected for these commissions can draw inspiration from and create public art installation(s) that honor the clients, students, communities, missions, and architectures of each project.

“The projects that come out of the Public Art Program are really a point of pride for this state,” said Gay Cookson, Director of Arts & Museums. “As always, we look forward to seeing the artistic vision of artists in Utah and across the country as possibilities for these unique facilities”

The full description and how to apply for these projects is at Interested artists for the Dixie ATC project should apply by April 4, 2016. The deadline for the Utah School for the Deaf and Blind project is April 25, 2016. Artists may submit qualifications online 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 percent 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 220 works have been placed in State facilities statewide. For more information visit or contact Jim Glenn or 801.245.7271 or Felicia Baca at or 801.245.7272.

Tessa Thornley Named Utah Champion in Poetry Out Loud State Finals – 21 March 2016

SALT LAKE CITY —Tessa Thornley of Bear River High School in Garland will represent Utah in the national finals of Poetry Out Loud.

Thornley won the state finals, held March 16 at Westminster College, with her recitations of three poems before a panel of judges. Those poems included “Life In A Love” by Robert Browning, “Aria” by David Barber, and “Very Large Moth” by Craig Arnold.

The national finals will be held at George Washington University in Washington, D.C., May 2-4. The winning student receives $20,000. Since 2006, five Utah winners have placed in the national top ten, including third-place winners in 2012 and 2008 who each received $5,000.

Students from approximately 35 Utah high schools participated in Poetry Out Loud in 2016. Regional competitions were held in Brigham City, Gunnison, Provo, St. George, Salt Lake City, and South Jordan prior to the state finals.

Serena Hawatmeh of Juan Diego High School in Draper was named runner-up. Other state finalists included: Devin Glenn, Karl G. Maeser Preparatory Academy, Lindon; Leena Ngo, Judge Memorial Catholic High School, Salt Lake City; Parker Pingel, Beaver High School, Beaver;

Lucy Quinn, North Sanpete High School, Mount Pleasant.

“Poetry Out Loud is one of the highlights of the year for us,” Utah Arts & Museum Director Gay Cookson said. “These high school students never disappoint in their ability to amaze the judges and the audience.”

Poetry Out Loud, presented in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation, is part of a national program that encourages high school students to learn about great poetry through memorization, performance, and competition. Poetry Out Loud seeks to foster the next generation of literary readers across the nation by capitalizing on trends in poetry recitation and performance. The program builds on the resurgence of poetry as an oral art form by inviting the dynamic aspects of slam poetry, the spoken word, and theatre into the English classroom. Through Poetry Out Loud, students master public-speaking skills, build self-confidence, and learn about their literary heritage.