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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.

DesignArts Utah Seeks Entries for its 2016 Annual Exhibition – 23 May 2016

SALT LAKE CITY – The Utah Division of Arts & Museums is accepting entries for DesignArts Utah ’16, a juried exhibition highlighting the varied work of designers currently living in Utah.

DesignArts annual exhibitions feature selections of designs, prototypes, and produced samples by designers in Utah’s various design fields. Designers may submit produced work or conceptual, pre-production documentation. The Juror’s Award Winner will receive a $3,000 award.

All Utah designers, including those in the fields of architecture, brand/packaging, display, fashion, furniture, graphic, industrial, interior, lighting, theatre or film set, transportation, web design or other design fields are invited to participate. Entries are being accepted online and are due by 5:00 p.m. Friday, July 15, 2016.

This year’s juror, James Childress, is the Chairman of the American Institute of Architects, Committee on Design. His work has been recognized with 60 design awards including the American Institute of Architects 1998 Architecture Firm Award. He was invested into the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects in 2001. Childress received his Bachelor of Fine Arts and Bachelor of Architecture from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1977 and 1978 respectively. He joined Centerbrook Architects in 1979, becoming a principal in 1992 and a partner in 1996. In 1994 he was selected as one of the decade’s “40 National Architects under 40” by the Architectural League of New York and Interior Magazine.

“It is always inspiring to see the work of Utah’s designers in this annual celebration of design,” Utah Division of Arts & Museums Director Gay Cookson said. “Our hope is that all Utahns can recognize how good design brings art to everyday objects and experiences and to realize how it enhances the quality of life in Utah.”

The exhibition will run Sept. 9 through Oct. 21, 2016. A celebratory reception, in conjunction with Salt Lake Design Week and Salt Lake Gallery Stroll, will take place on Oct. 21, 2015, 6-9 p.m. The exhibition will at the Rio Gallery, located at 300 S. Rio Grande St. in Salt Lake City. Further information is available at

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.

Did You Host an Exhibition?

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