The Utah Arts & Museums exhibition “DesignArts Utah ’14” at the Rio Gallery continues through October 17, 2014. In celebration of this exhibit and in partnership with the citywide celebration of design at Salt Lake Design Week, there will be a closing reception for the public, designers, friends and family from 6 to 9 p.m. on October 17 at the Rio Gallery, 300 S. Rio Grande in Salt Lake City.
The show features designs by Utah designers selected by Ellen Lupton, senior curator of contemporary design at the Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum in New York. In her statement about the exhibit, Lupton said she was impressed by the range and quality of work. She commented on the respect for the natural world shown by many of the designers and made the connection between issues of sustainability and being in such a beautiful place as Utah.
Salt Lake Design Week was initiated to raise public awareness of the impact that all design — graphic, product, fashion, architecture, advertising, etc. — has in Utah. Design Week brings together a diverse community of design professionals, as well as local businesses, nonprofits, entrepreneurs, students and more. Another goal is to help local designers interact, collaborate, educate and inspire each other in order to build a stronger creative community.
Design Week is hosted by the Salt Lake City chapter of the American Institute of Graphic Arts, in partnership with the Utah Center for Architecture, Utah Film Center, and other design groups, museums, businesses and schools.