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Artists explore the mystery, symbolism, and status of clothing in new exhibit at Rio Gallery

SALT LAKE CITY — Utah Arts & Museums announces the opening of the exhibition Articles of Clothing at the Rio Gallery, located in the historic Rio Grande Depot in Salt Lake City.

Clothing is a phenomenon that permeates culture. It is often known as a second skin; it wraps the body in protection, mystery, symbolism, and status. It is utilitarian and decorative. Clothing can be both liberating and oppressive. This exhibition explores the notion of clothing as an extension contiguous to individual bodies and to collective bodies. Artists include, Von Allen, Daniel Barney, Jennifer Barton, Gary Barton, Fidalis Buehler, Brian Christensen, Jen Harmon Allen, Joseph Ostraff, and Sunny Taylor.

Executive Director Lynnette Hiskey says, “We’re excited to have this group of artists explore a theme that has rich potential for the connection between clothing, identity, and culture. The diversity in media, from ceramic, to paint, steel, and other mixed media make this a visually rich exhibition to explore.”

The Rio Gallery is located inside the Rio Grande Depot at 300 S. Rio Grande Street, Salt Lake City. The show runs from July 31-August 28th, 2015. Gallery hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday – Friday. An artist reception will be held on August 21st, 2015, from 6-9 p.m. for Gallery Stroll.