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Two Unique Photographers Featured in New Alice Gallery Exhibition

A new exhibit at the Alice Gallery in Salt Lake City will highlight two artists taking unconventional approaches to photography.

The Utah Division of Arts & Museums presents On the Border of Realism September 14 through November 2, 2018, at the Alice Gallery. A Gallery Stroll artist reception will be held on October 19 from 6pm to 9pm. The Alice Gallery is located at the historic Glendinning Mansion at 617 East South Temple in Salt Lake City and is free and open to the public Tuesday through Friday 10 am to 4 pm.

On the Border of Realism features the artwork of Jan Andrews and Trent Alvey. These artists are inspired by capturing the transitory moments of everyday life, the movement of light, and the impressions these illuminated scenes leave on the senses. Both use photography as their medium, but use different subject matter for inspiration. Alvey photographs water mixing with paint in a paint tray, while Andrews photographs flowers through hazy greenhouse windows. Alvey watches the movement of grass, clouds, light, water — non-linear occurrences — that come into existence only for a moment because they are as transparent as any emotion or fleeting thought that passes through our mind every day.

“Water is the medium that is most important as it finds its way to low places,” Alvey said about the collection of work featured in this exhibit. This is her favorite way to observe, having no notion of what may occur or where or even the expectation that something will occur and if it does will she even notice.

Andrews said the visual arts, particularly photography, is dependent upon the movements of particles of light to illuminate the object or the scene which is then impressed upon the senses then conveyed and lodged for contemplation. In these photographs Andrews attempts to make visible the interior of a greenhouse and the almost indistinguishable plants as seen through the hazy glass windows in late afternoon.

“The images of the flowers inside are illuminated as merely imprints or shadows of their original shapes and colors,” Andrews said.

The Alice gallery hosts exhibitions by living Utah artists as well as works from the State of Utah Alice Merrill Horne Collection.The Rio & Alice Galleries were established as a free service to Utah artists and surrounding communities. These venues allow emerging artists, professional artists, and curators to collaborate in the process of exhibition-making as well as engage the community through thoughtful and innovative art-making and dialogue.

Utah Arts & Museums Recognizes 2018 Legislative Champions









The Utah Division of Arts and Museums is pleased to inaugurate the Alice Merrill Horne Legislative Champion Award. This award acknowledges elected officials who initiate legislation to ensure Utah’s arts, culture, and heritage can thrive and grow. Alice Merrill Horne was our first legislative champion. In 1899, she sponsored the bill creating the first state arts agency in the nation.

This year, we’re honoring two individuals who have gone above and beyond to support arts and museums.

During the 2018 legislative session, Rep. Brad Wilson took the initiative to assist school districts across the state in caring for and providing a path to keep works of art purchased by the public in the public domain.

Also during the 2018 legislative session, Rep. Patrice Arent sponsored HB180 – Art Collection Committee Amendments, which fully acknowledged our first legislative champion, Alice Merrill Horne. Thanks to Rep. Arent, our state art collection is now officially known as the State of Utah Alice Merrill Horne Art Collection.

Utah Arts & Museums Strategic Planning Process

We at the Utah Division of Arts & Museums are building our next long-range plan that looks at both Utah’s current cultural landscape and the shifting atmosphere we live in today. As a state-level cultural agency, we are uniquely positioned to identify the needs of our constituents and to make decisions that sustain and strengthen Utah’s cultural vitality. With this in mind, we want to hear from our constituents and partners to help us shape our future trajectory.

Thanks to Salt Lake Community College and the School of Arts, Communications, and Media for hosting us for our annual staff planning retreat!


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Listening Tour Schedule

St. George, UT
Thursday, February 22, 2018
7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
St. George Social Hall

Ogden, UT
Thursday, February 15, 2018
3:00 PM – 4:30 PM
Ogden Community Arts Center

Provo, UT
Wednesday, March 28, 2018
7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
ARTcetera Student Art Gallery – Provo Shopping Center

Vernal, UT
Tuesday, April 3, 2018
7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Uintah County Heritage Museum

Ephraim, UT
Tuesday, April 10, 2018
5:30 PM – 7:00 PM
Granary Art Center

Logan, UT
Tuesday, April 17, 2018
5:15 PM – 6:45 PM
Cache Valley Center for the Arts

Sandy, UT
Tuesday, May 1, 2018
3:00 PM – 4:30 PM
7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Mountain America Performing Arts Centre – Home of Hale Centre Theatre

Monticello, UT
Monday, May 7, 2018
5:00 PM – 6:30 PM
Canyon Country Discovery Center

Bluff, UT
Tuesday, May 8, 2018
7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Bluff Community Center

Delta, UT
Tuesday, May 22, 2018
5:15 PM – 6:45 PM
Delta Community Center

Strategic Planning Process
We’re building our next long-range plan, and we want ideas from our constituents and partners to help shape our future. Here’s a look at our process for the next several months: