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Fathers Consider the Impact of Parenting on Their Art in New Exhibit

SALT LAKE CITY — The failures, opportunities, and spontaneity of fatherhood is explored through the works of twelve artists in an exhibit opening at the Alice Gallery on Nov. 17.

The twelve artists were asked a simple question: How has being a father affected your art? The artists, who represent a variety of mediums and life stages, each approached the simple question in a different way in the exhibition Artist/Dad. The exhibition will be on view at the Alice Gallery from Nov. 17, 2017, through Jan. 12, 2018. A public reception will be held on Dec. 1 from 6-9 p.m. in collaboration with the Salt Lake Gallery Stroll.

Artist Daniel Barney, a father of three, reflected on the intense concern he felt for the safety of his newborn daughter while she slept in a crib next to his bed 23 years ago.

“Fatherhood is a complex concept that does not directly correlate with painting, but these works are artistic impulses of that moment,” Barney said.

Fatherhood taught Spencer Budd that he is by no means perfect and failure is a part of the learning process. He draws from what he has learned as he creates his work. “The possibility of failure is always present, but it is often my failings that result in a work that is fresh, spontaneous, and interesting.”

Both Namon Bills and Tyler Swain collaborated with their young children on each work. Bills, who allowed his 3-year old to paint on some of his existing work before finishing it himself, said, “Being a father brings its share of interruptions to current plans and trajectories. While these changes are difficult for a planner such as myself to swallow, they also lead to unexpected adventures, new opportunities, and greater outcomes than I would have experienced on my own.”

Swain’s approach was to let his son start and finish each work. “I wanted to not only express the idea of how being a father has influenced my artistic pursuits, but to actually allow my son to share in the creative process with me, resulting in a collaborative piece. I let him draw whatever he wanted to on each panel, name the piece, and tell me what was going on in his narrative.”

Justin Wheatley’s interpretation of the question came down to the influence making and consuming art has on his family. “My children are the driving force behind my work. As I thought about this show, I realized that, though I feel some burden to produce work in order to provide, I feel more need to make art in order to share the joy and struggle that comes along with it.”

Other artists participating in Artist/Dad are Fidalis Beuhler, Jeffrey Hale, Jorge Rojas, Colby Sanford, Steven Stradley, Duston Todd, and Clinton Whiting.

Applications Open for DesignArts Utah ‘17 Exhibit

Design Arts Utah logoSALT LAKE CITY — Utah designers from all fields are encouraged to apply for the annual DesignArts Utah exhibition.

The Utah Division of Arts & Museums’ Design Arts Program will host the 2017 exhibition Sept. 8 through Oct. 20 at the Rio Gallery in Salt Lake City. Applications can be uploaded here. Designers in any field are encouraged to submit their work. Realized, conceptual, or prototype designs are eligible. The deadline for applications is July 10, 2017.

DesignArts Utah celebrates the state’s great designers and provides a valuable platform for viewers to engage with the design community. Partners in this free public exhibition include Salt Lake Design Week and Craft Lake City.

Brooke Hodge, the director of the Palm Springs Art Museum Architecture and Design Center, formerly with the Cooper Hewitt, The Hammer and Los Angeles MOCA, will curate the exhibition. The designer selected as the Juror’s Award Winner will receive a $3,000 award. Two designers selected in the student category will each receive a $500 award.

In conjunction with Salt Lake Gallery Stroll and Salt Lake Design Week, a closing reception will take place Oct. 20th from 6-9 pm at the Rio Gallery. Admission for the public reception is free.

To learn more about Utah Division of Arts & Museums’ Design Arts program or to view past exhibition catalogs and images, visit If you have any questions contact Mackenzie Morton (email or call 801.245.7270) or Jim Glenn (email or call 801.245.7271).

Media Contact:
Josh Loftin
Utah Department of Heritage & Arts


New Poet Laureate Celebrates Literary Voices Throughout Utah

Utah Governor Gary R. Herbert has named University of Utah English professor Paisley Rekdal as the state’s new Poet Laureate.

“The literary arts are an essential part of our state’s rich cultural heritage,” Herbert said. “Ms. Rekdal’s artistic accomplishments and teaching service make her ideally suited to continue the tradition of bringing poetry and literature to the people of Utah.”

During her four-year term, Rekdal will serve as the governor-appointed advocate for literature and the arts. She is also available to conduct readings and lead workshops for community groups, arts organizations, and educators. Continue reading

Director Named for Utah Division of Arts & Museums

SALT LAKE CITY — Victoria Panella Bourns has been named the director of the The Utah Division of Arts & Museums.

Panella Bourns has directed the Salt Lake County Zoo, Arts, and Parks (ZAP) program for the past 12 years. The program distributes approximately $14 million annually to more than 170 arts and cultural organizations. Prior to joining ZAP, she assisted cultural organizations and other nonprofits with strategic planning, board development, and executive searches through Panella Consulting.

“Victoria has been a leader in the arts community for decades,” said Jill Remington Love, executive director of the Department of Heritage & Arts. The Division of Arts & Museums is one of six divisions within the department. “She’s familiar with the division’s role and will have an immediate, positive influence on its many programs.” Continue reading

Utah Artists Search For Their Own “Great Good Place” At Alice Gallery

SALT LAKE CITY — Utah Arts & Museums presents The Great Good Place, an exhibition at the Alice Gallery from March 10th through May 5th.

An artist’s reception will be held April 21st from 6-9 p.m. for Gallery Stroll. The Alice Gallery is located at 617 E. South Temple and is free and open to the public Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Great Good Place exhibits the work of a group of emerging artists fascinated with the history of the two-dimensional image and its relentless search for an Arcadia or Utopia. The works exhibited will showcase how the individual artists attempt to reach their own form of escape and peace. Artists include Greg Caldwell, Aloe Corry, Pearl Corry, Madeline Rupard, David Raleigh, and Lim Kheng Saik.

“Whether the composed parlor paintings of the 19th century, the wild urgency of expressionism, or the intentional grittiness and mundanity of modern and post-modern painting, we observe that this pull never evades artists, even if the symbols and shapes surrounding it may change,” Rupard said. “This group exhibition will showcase the commonalities and also distinctions in how each artist attempts to reach their own ‘great good place’ through drawing and painting.”

The exhibit’s title echoes the short story by Henry James, which art critic Peter Schjeldahl described in a 2011 article for Frieze Magazine.

“An overburdened man is somehow transported to an unremarkable, even rather dull, but friendly hotel or club; it’s a little monastery-like, at an unknown location. It refreshes him. His life back home improves,” Schjeldahl wrote. “Was it a dream? It’s not clear in the story. It doesn’t matter. I love James’s phrase, the Great Good Place: I think everyone has one. Yours is tailored to your particular sorrows and contradictions, which it soothes and resolves, and mine to mine, which it soothes and resolves. The humour, and the wisdom, in James’s story is that the protagonist’s haven….[is] nothing orgiastic or exalting. No dreams come true there. That’s in the nature of Great Good Places, I believe. They are not projections of our wishes. They are registrations, perhaps quite humble, of what we lack. They aren’t exciting. They are, however, greatly good.”

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

Public Art Opportunities in Provo, West Valley City

The Utah Public Art Program of the Division of Arts and Museums has issued two calls for letters of interest and qualifications for projects in Provo and West Valley City.

The deadline for the 4th District Court building in Provo is March 31 and for a new liquor store in West Valley City (pictured) is April 7. Details about both projects can be found at and applications may be submitted at Continue reading

Winning Utah Student Artists Exhibit Work at Utah Capitol

Twenty-seven high school students were honored recently in the chambers of the Utah Senate for their work in annual Utah Senate Visual Arts Scholarship Competition.

Each of the students were presented scholarships of $5,000 to $300 by their state senator, depending on their placement in the compeition. The scholarships will be deposited in an account through the Utah Educational Savings Plan.

Students submitted artwork with images of the Utah landscape, and judging was done by an independent panel. The competition, an initiative of Senate President Wayne Niederhauser, is sponsored by the President’s office, the Utah State Senate, Art Works for Kids, Comcast, Zion’s Bank, KeyBank, and the Utah Division of Arts & Museums.

“We were pleased with the amount of participation in this special art competition,” Utah Arts & Museums Director Gay Cookson said. “This is an important showcase for the talented high school students in Utah and how the arts are an important part of their education.”

The winning art work will be exhibited on the third floor corridor of the Utah State Capitol through the 2017 Utah Legislative Session. The 1st place art work, Dead Horse Point (pictured below) by Cadence Peterson of Maple Mountain High School in Nebo School District, will remain permanently in the Utah Senate suite.

Students from Alpine, Beaver, Cache, Canyons, Daggett, Davis, Duchesne, Granite, Iron, Jordan, Juab, North Sanpete, Ogden, Provo, Salt Lake City, Sevier, San Juan, Tooele, Uintah, Washington, Weber School districts, charter and private schools participated – a total of 232 students from 21 of the 41 school districts.

The student winners included:
1st Place –Nebo School District, Maple Mountain High School – Cadence Peterson
2nd Place – Canyons School District, Jordan High School – Tiffany Castillo
3rd Place – Davis School District, Woods Cross High School – Jacob McKee

Honorable Mentions:

  • Davis School District, Davis High School – Emily Ellis
  • Iron County School District, Cedar High School – Lauren Marchant
  • San Juan School District, Monticello High School – Easton Bowring
  • Uintah School District, Uintah High School – Hope Martushev
  • Granite School District, Olympus High School – Eliza Anderson
  • Salt Lake City School District, Highland High School – Samantha Dunaway
  • Washington School District, Snow Canyon High School – Zaida Machado
  • Granite School District, Granger High School – Brynleigh Rosier
  • Logan, Fast Forward Charter High School – Analia Evans
  • Nebo School District, Maple Mountain High School – Emily Johnson
  • Weber School District, Weber High School – Bradley Gray
  • Granite School District, Cottonwood High School – Christopher Woodward
  • Alpine School District, Westlake High School – Aubary Wilson
  • Jordan School District, Herriman School – Adam Anderson
  • Duchesne School District, Union High School – Quentin Drake
  • Provo School District, Provo High School – Rebekah Campbell
  • Daggett School District, Manila High School – Cody Smith
  • Alpine School District, Skyridge High School – Rhiannon Gray
  • Jordan School District, Herriman High School – Annie Bearden
  • Ogden School District, Ben Loman High School – Raquel Juarez
  • North Sanpete School District, North Sanpete High School – Ethan Ostraff
  • Davis School District, Bountiful High School – Sarah Gould
  • Home School – Riley Cruz
  • Alpine School District, Timpanogos High School – Lindsay Palmatier