SALT LAKE CITY— The Rio and Alice galleries in Salt Lake City will be accepting proposals for exhibitions scheduled for July 2016 – Jan. 2017. Both galleries participate in the monthly Salt Lake Gallery Stroll and host public receptions on Gallery Stroll evenings. Proposals from artists, arts organizations, and independent curators are welcome; these include both solo exhibitions and small group shows of two to eight artists, or larger curated/juried exhibits. Applications open Jan. 1, 2016 and are due Feb. 1, 2016.
The Rio & Alice Galleries are a program of the Utah Division of Arts & Museums. “We are proud to offer these galleries as a free venue to Utah artists,” said Gay Cookson, Director of Arts & Museums. “In 2015 we exhibited the work of over 215 artists and we look forward to seeing new artists to our venues in this coming year.” Both emerging and established artists are encouraged to collaborate on exhibits and engage the community through art making and dialogue. Exhibitions have been a program of the state since 1899.
Utah artist Namon Bills stated, “The Rio has a great variety of shows…It’s a large, beautiful space that rivals any in the state as an exhibition venue. It can accommodate large-scale shows that other venues simply cannot. Its position as a state-owned entity allows the Rio to be dedicated to artistic expression, without being concerned about sales or profit. This creates an invaluable opportunity to showcase quality artwork that may fall outside the traditional for-profit gallery model. This provides important opportunities for artists and educational opportunities for the viewing public as well.”
“I believe that these group exhibits have established me in the community as a serious and persistent artist” said Trent Alvey. “I owe the program a huge debt of gratitude for transitioning me into receiving grants from other agencies and helping me to create a market among individual art collectors, as well as establishing me in other local galleries.”
To submit a proposal for exhibition visit https://utahartsmuseums.submittable.com/submit and download guidelines in the Galleries section. Stipends are available to assist in the production of the exhibit.