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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 of Utah Folk Arts

am_location_chase_200pxThe 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.

Group tours by appointment only. Click here to schedule a time.

The Native Folk Arts Gallery contains objects made by members of Utah’s resident tribes (Goshute, Navajo, Paiute, Shoshone and Ute) and by American Indians from out-of-state tribes who live in Utah. The gallery features beautiful beadwork, basketry, musical instruments, toys and rugs regularly made by Utah artists for use within their communities or for sale to collectors.


Native Folk Arts Gallery

Traditional art from a number of Utah’s ethnic and immigrant communities is featured in the Ethnic Folk Arts Gallery. Displays range from Japanese origami and Chinese paper cuts to Polynesian quilts. Objects are typically crafted for use at community celebrations or to decorate the home, reinforcing ethnic heritage and identity.


Ethnic Folk Arts Gallery

Stonecarving, hand-forged tools and horseshoes, saddles and cowboy gear made from braided rawhide and hitched horsehair are featured in the Occupational Folk Arts Gallery. Artists have learned these traditional skills from family members or co-workers and they produce objects that are functional, beautiful and very much like the work that has been produced by traditional craftsmen for centuries.


Occupational Folk Arts Gallery

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.

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 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.

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

2016 Schedule (subject to change)

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

Anabil Chaudhuri and Friends – Indian Classical Music

Kargi Kala Kendra – Indian Classical Dance

Karpaty Dance Ensemble – Polish and Ukrainian Dance

August 8 

Sounds of Japan Ensemble – Japanese Folk and Classical Music

Nino Reyos & Two Shields Dance Troupe – Native American Pow Wow Music and Dance

August 15

Cross Strung – Celtic and Bluegrass Music with Irish Step Dancers

August 22

Soulful Expressions – Traditional Gospel and Soul Music

August 29

Tablado Dance Company – Flamenco

Brazilian Roots – Samba Music

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

Artists Explore Visual Vocabulary at Upcoming Rio Gallery Exhibition – 16 June 2016

SALT LAKE CITY — Utah Arts & Museums announces DemoGraphics: An Exploration of Visual Vocabulary, a new group exhibition on display at the Rio Gallery from July 15-Sept. 2, 2016. An artist reception will be held on July 156-9 p.m. during the Salt Lake Gallery Stroll. Exhibiting artists include Paige Anderson, Rebecca Klundt, Liberty Blake, Jenna von Benedikt, Justin Wheatley, Linnie Brown, and Joseph Ostraff.

The artists in DemoGraphics have created demonstrations of a visual vocabulary that each has developed in an effort to communicate in a language they have created. The exhibition explores communication with a personal, visual language, asking the viewer to let the artwork be heard. The viewer is invited to engage visually, withholding a verbal assessment and giving the piece a chance to speak in its native tongue. Much like one would listen to a piece of music, these experiences can speak to the viewer in a place beyond their conscious mind. Using a variety of media including photography, oils, acrylics, wood, and collage, each of the seven artists have chosen their tools or “alphabet” and then their method or “language”.

Artist Rebecca Klundt said, “The materials and process I have chosen to speak with are an important part of what I want to say. I am using reclaimed wood and other ‘useless’ materials as my alphabet. It is a primitive language that cannot easily convey a complicated message but I am aching to speak. These limitations are self-imposed because I enjoy the challenge of making something beautiful from things left behind. I prefer not to be a consumer because of the great responsibility that comes from using resources.”

The Rio Gallery was created as a service to Utah artists. It provides a free venue for emerging and established artists to collaborate on exhibits and engage the community through art making and dialogue. For more information on exhibitions and other program opportunities please visit

*DemoGraphics:  Study of visual data relating to a particular group of the population

OnStage in Utah Funding Will Assist Presenters in Bringing Top Talent to Events – 31 May 2016

SALT LAKE CITY – Utah Arts & Museums is pleased to announce OnStage in Utah funding is now open and accepting applications. The application deadline is June 24, 2016.

OnStage in Utah funding enables presenting organizations to bring an in-state or out-of-state performing artist to their community. The performing artist must do both a public performance and a community engagement activity. This funding opportunity allows presenters to engage with various performing artists. Applicants may request $200-$2,000 with funding covering 50% of the performing artist’s fee.

“We are grateful for the OnStage in Utah program and the financial assistance it provides to not-for-profits like the Heber Valley Western Music & Cowboy Poetry Gathering,” Rachel Kahler from Wasatch Western Heritage, Inc. said. “The program allows our committee to bring in top talent to the schools and the feedback from teachers, administrators, and parents has been overwhelmingly positive.”

For questions or assistance with the application process, please contact the Performing Arts Manager, at801.236.7554. Application guidelines are available here.  Applications are online and may be accessed

Utah Arts & Museums Seeking Applicants for Three New Public Art Projects – 26 May 2016

SALT LAKE CITY – The Utah Division of Arts & Museums’ Public Art Program has three new artist opportunities available and is requesting qualifications and letters of interest from artists who wish to create site specific public art for any of the projects.

  • University of Utah Crocker Science Center | Deadline: June 29, 2016 
    Seeking an artist(s) to create work for the public spaces that incorporates crosscutting themes in science concepts and provoke visitors and students to “think like a scientist” and “act like a researcher,” work that helps deepen the conceptual exploration of the Nature of Science.
  • Salt Lake Community College Westpointe Campus | Deadline: June 30, 2016
    In honor of and in keeping with SLCC’s desire to create a “state of the art” facility to serve the technical education needs of Westpointe, Salt Lake City and environs, the Art Selection Committee for this project is interested in working with an artist(s) that understands this pride of place and the earnest desire to serve the community.
  • Utah State University Center for Clinical Excellence | Deadline: July 8, 2016
    Seeking artist(s) that will reinforce this specialized facility as a warm, inviting, and soothing place; integrated with elements that inspire health and wellness; responsive to a diverse range of needs and abilities; a teaching tool for clinical research; accommodating to a variety of treatments for chronic physical, mental, and behavioral health conditions; comfortable and supportive to visiting families; and overall an environment that creates a sense of joy and hope.

Interested artists may submit the required materials via, and the full description of each project is available at:

Governor Herbert Appoints Arts and Culture Business Alliance – 26 May 2016

SALT LAKE CITY – In 2015, the Utah State Legislature passed Senate Bill 194 which allocated $75,000 to organizations with projects that stimulate the economy through arts and culture. Co-sponsors Senator Jim Dabakis and Representative Lowry Snow championed the creation of an Arts and Culture Business Alliance to review such projects.

Governor Gary Herbert appointed the following individuals for their esteemed standing and leadership in arts and culture to serve on the Arts and Culture Business Alliance:

  • Spencer Cox, Utah Lieutenant Governor
  • Rick Horne, R. Harold Burton Foundation (chairman)
  • Gay Cookson, Utah Division of Arts & Museums
  • Julie Fisher, Utah Department of Heritage & Arts
  • James Huntsman, Huntsman Corporation
  • Craig Jessop, Utah State University Cane College of the Arts
  • Marcia Price, John and Marcia Price Foundation
  • Kelly Stowell, Center for Education, Business & the Arts

The committee selected the following to receive funding for Fiscal Year 2016: Caine College for the Arts, Utah State University (Logan); Casino Star Theatre (Gunnison); Helper Arts & Music Festival (Helper); The Performing Arts Foundation / The Rose Exposed (Salt Lake City; Beverley Taylor Sorenson Complex, Southern Utah State University (Cedar City).

“It is a privilege to work with individuals who are making such an incredible contribution to Utah’s economy and quality of life,” committee chair Rick Horne said. “Strengthening the relationship between our vibrant arts community and our ever-growing business community is an important initiative for Governor Herbert and we are excited for the challenge.”

The Arts and Culture Business Alliance functions under the auspices of the Utah Division of Arts & Museums and will serve as an advisory committee. The committee will advocate for economic development where business intersects with the arts.

NEA Makes Second Grant Announcement of its 50th Anniversary – 23 May 2016

SALT LAKE CITY — Utah will receive more than a $1 million in grants from the National Endowment for the Arts.

As the only funder in the country that supports the arts in all 50 states and five U.S. jurisdictions, the NEA will award $82,357,050 in grants to fund 1,148 projects in the second major grant announcement of its 50th anniversary. Grants will be awarded in 13 artistic disciplines or fields plus arts research, along with partnership agreements to U.S. states, jurisdictions, and regions. Utah received 14 grants totaling $1,079,100.

“The arts are all around us, enhancing our lives in ways both subtle and obvious, expected and unexpected,” NEA Chairman Jane Chu said. “Supporting projects like the ones in Utah offers more opportunities to engage in the arts every day.”

The Utah Division of Arts & Museums received a “Partnership Grant” of $731,600. An “Our Town” grant was awarded to the Epicenter in Green River, Utah ($50,000) and The Urban Arts Festival in Salt Lake City ($25,000). Other grant recipients include Moab Music Festival, Sundance Institute, Art Access, Center for Documentary Expression and Art, Plan-B Theater Company, Repertory Dance Theatre, Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company, Utah Museum of Contemporary Art, Tanner Dance Program, Utah Arts Festival, and Utah Symphony | Utah Opera.

“We are so proud to be a partner with the NEA to encourage quality arts programming,” Utah Divisions of Arts & Museums Director Gay Cookson said. “These organizations are worthy recipients and work hard to bring exceptional art experiences to Utah.”

For a detailed list of grant recipients, please visit this page on the NEA’s website.