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Rio Gallery

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. The Rio Gallery is located in the grand lobby of the historic Rio Grande Depot,

Past Exhibitions | Upcoming Exhibitions

Monday – Friday 8 am – 5 pm | Closed Saturday & Sunday
300 S Rio Grande Street SLC, UT 84102
Free and open to the public


Under the Influence: Eight Local Artists Influenced by Animation

July 14 — September 1, 2017
Artist Reception: July 21 | 6 – 9 pm

From Saturday morning cartoons to sophisticated feature films, the art of animation plays an important role in contemporary popular culture. Profoundly influenced by animation and its captivating moving figures, a group a local artists seek to explore and borrow from the genre’s distinctive elements through paintings, drawings, and prints. Under the Influence includes works by Robin Banks, Trent Call, Jason N. Jones, Evan Jed Memmott, Mike Murdock, Athena Splett, Heather Mahler, and Sri Whipple.

The artists employ exaggeration, tension, and elasticity of form to convey a heightened emotion or action in each work. Their use of frozen circumstance, like a celluloid from an animated short, eternally expresses a particular feeling or action such as elation, humor, terror, or environmental upheaval. Classic animated films, like Fantasia and Little Nemo, inspired the artists to incorporate techniques such as anthropomorphism — the attribution of human characteristics or behavior on an animal or object — and surrealism into their work. Their unique style seeks to magnify and highlight certain characteristics — such as a “wacky” tree or “gloomy” cat — and departs from art that depicts more traditionally rendered figures which is an important tenant of animation. The bright and unconventional color palettes further convey the intent and mood of their subject matter.

In addition to this body of work, curator Jason N. Jones interviewed each artist about animation and its influence on their creative efforts. They compiled these interviews in a bound book in storyboard format in which the interviewer and interviewee collaborated on the illustrations. The drawings from the book are on display in the exhibition.

Accessible to youth and adult audiences, Under the Influence harnesses the joyful and whimsical stylistic elements unique to the animation genre. The profound impact of animation on these artists and contemporary culture merits recognition and celebration.

Proposals for exhibitions in March–July of 2018 will be accepted July 29September 3, 2017. Be sure to download the GUIDELINES prior to submitting your proposal online.

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Questions?

Contact the Rio Gallery Manager
Felicia Baca at 801.245.7272

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Alice Gallery

The Alice Gallery is located at the historic Glendinning Mansion in Salt Lake City, Utah, which also houses the main offices of Utah Arts & Museums. The gallery is named after Alice Merrill Horne, a legislator who supported the arts and founded the Utah Arts Council in 1899.

The gallery hosts exhibitions by Utah artists and works from the State Fine Art 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.

Past Exhibitions | Upcoming Exhibitions

Monday – Friday 8 am – 5 pm | Closed Saturday & Sunday
617 East South Temple SLC, UT 84102
Free and open to the public


Sticks Laid in Patterns & Other Mundane Oracles: Works by Wren Ross

July 14 – September 8, 2017
Artist Reception: August 18, 2017 | 6 – 9 pm 

Sticks Laid in Patterns and Other Mundane Oracles is a works-on-paper exhibition by Wren Ross that asks viewers to re-evaluate their everyday surroundings and circumstances. Ross drew inspiration from communities built upon oral storytelling traditions and those who rely on reworking cultural myths to inform their futures.

In many ways ancient mythologies behave like oracles. They impart morals and values and remind people how to nourish and support each other. These mythologies present a body of symbols and allegory to provide clues that viewers can glean meaning and direction from. Historically, whole disciplines of divination were taught to help human beings navigate the natural and social world. They interpreted their surroundings and natural occurrences. Tracks, tea leaves, and weather phenomenon could be read, water could be found, and spirits could be appeased. This inbuilt economy of noticing and decoding allowed people to develop and maintain intimate relationships with the places they inhabited.

This relationship to myth and symbol has waned in contemporary culture. In a time when community values are being called into question and politics are often synonymous with fear or confusion, the development of new heroes, new symbols, and new myths is increasingly important. Because myth is bound by current events, it requires reinterpretation and revision to remain useful.

Sticks Laid in Patterns and Other Mundane Oracles is a body of work about choreographing contemporary myths and introducing new archetypes. It is an experiment in the development of stories through an aggregate of symbols, landscapes, and mythological figures to be interpreted by the viewer. These interpretations ask to be told and retold, to morph and shift from viewer to viewer. This body of work is meant for contemplation as the images and stories become connected and grow in meaning. These pieces seek to encourage dialogue and taught to others, to be secreted around quietly, and to be reworked powerfully in mundane moments.


Proposals for exhibitions in March–July of 2018 will be accepted July 29September 3, 2017. Be sure to download the GUIDELINES prior to submitting your proposal online.

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Questions?

Contact the Gallery Manager
Felicia Baca at 801.245.7272

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Poetry Central

Welcome to Poetry Central! Created by Lance Larsen, PhD, Utah Poet Laureate 2012-2017, Poetry Central is a clearinghouse of information for teachers, students, and anyone else interested in reading and writing poetry.

Reading Poetry

A great way to interact with poetry is by hearing poets read their own work. Visit our Bite-Size Poetry page to watch videos of notable Utah poets reading short poems. If you want to see a list of the videos in each YouTube playlist, click here: 2015 Bite-Size Poetry or here: 2009-2011 Bite-Size Poetry

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Here are great websites for reading both classic and contemporary poetry:

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Writing Poetry

We’ve gathered poetry prompts from many of the Bite-Size Poetry poets. Those noted with an asterisk (*) are exercises especially well-suited for K-12 classrooms.

*Shanan Ballam, “Mapping the Neighborhood”

Lisa Bickmore, “Invention and Discovery”

*Marilyn Bushman-Carlton, “Generating Poems from Epigraphs”

Rob Carney, “12 Tasks”

*Elaine Christensen, “A Suitcase Packed with Everyday Things”

*Chris Cokinos, “A Surrealist Game for Two”

Katharine Coles, “Centos, Pantoums, Erasure Poems”

Star Coulbrooke, “Writing Your Childhood”

*Brock Dethier, “A Thank-you Poem”

Craig Dworkin, “Found Poetry and Experimentation”

Siân Griffiths, “The Cinematic Eye: Writing Image-Driven Poems”

Ben Gunsberg, “Write a Rhapsody”

Jean Howard, “Writing Extreme Performance Poems”

*Kimberly Johnson, “Fifty Sentences”

Janine Joseph, “World into Word”

*Lance Larsen, “Pieces of Eight: Pocket Poetry Exercises”

Jason Olsen, “The Group Title Prompt”

Jacqueline Osherow, “Go to the Zoo”

Paisley Rekdal, “The Next Thing Always Belongs”

*Susan Roche, “Doo-Dads”

Natasha Sajé, “Poems Aware of History”

Susan Sample, “Best Words in the Best Order”

*Gail Schimmelpfennig, “Gifts to the Imagination”

Jon Sebba, “Twenty Little Poetry Projects”

Ned Snell, “Getting Started”

*Laura Stott, “The Train Station Poem”

Nancy Takacs, “Writing a Poem on a Road”

 

Visit the Poets & Writers page for some good poetry prompts online:

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Visit the Academy of American Poets page for information about various poetry forms:

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Dr. Larsen recommends these books with poetry exercises and prompts:

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The Utah State Poetry Society’s mission is “nurturing those with a desire to write poetry”:

 

Visual Art in Utah

The 1899 “Art Bill”, created by the Utah legislature, was the first state-funded arts council in the nation. The law’s purpose was to advance the interest of fine arts; expand the influence of art in education; sponsor an annual art exhibition; present public lectures on art; and establish a state art collection.


Galleries

The Alice Gallery, located in the Glendinning Home and main offices of Utah Arts & Museums, features selections from the State Fine Art Collection as well as exhibits of local artists works.

Proposals for exhibitions in March–July of 2018 will be accepted July 29September 3, 2017. Be sure to download the GUIDELINES prior to submitting your proposal online.

 

 

 

The Rio Gallery, located in the historic Rio Grande building, hosts the Statewide Annual Exhibition, the Design Arts exhibition, and artist group exhibitions chosen from community proposals.

Proposals for exhibitions in March–July of 2018 will be accepted July 29September 3, 2017. Be sure to download the GUIDELINES prior to submitting your proposal online.

 

 


Visual Art Exhibitions and Fellowships

Statewide Annual Competition and Exhibition

The Statewide Annual Competition and Exhibition provides exposure to both emerging and established Utah artists through public display, publicity, awards and publication of catalogs. This juried exhibition focuses on different disciplines, rotating categories in a three year cycle that includes: painting, sculpture & installation work; fine crafts, photography & video/digital works; and mixed media and works on paper. Statewide Annual is juried by two distinguished out-of-state jurors.

Visual Arts Fellowship

The Visual Arts Fellowship Program awards two $10,000 fellowships annually to outstanding professional artists to acknowledge their artistic excellence and encourage their careers. Exhibitions featuring invited past fellowship recipients are periodically held.


Traveling Exhibition Program

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. By traveling these exhibits around the State and the use of the accompanying educational materials, the exhibits provide public access to quality visual art, nurture understanding of diverse art forms and cultures, promote creativity and encourage cultural activities in local communities.

Download an information sheet on the Visual and Public Art programs.


Design Arts Utah

Design is the creative beginning of any human-initiated arrangement of materials. We strive to help the citizens of the state see, experience, use and value the art of design that surrounds us. Design Arts Utah sponsors and mounts an annual exhibition. The Design Arts Competition is dedicated to the promotion of excellence in the diverse fields of design in Utah. This exhibition features work submitted by Utah designers that have been selected by a juror prominent in the design field. Each year’s exhibition displays designs, prototypes, and produced samples by some of the best in Utah’s various design fields.


Public Art in Utah

Public art  "Escher's Elevator" (detail) by Jack Archibaldis most commonly associated with a sculpture or painting in areas accessible or visible to the public, but it can and does go well beyond those media. Terrazzo floors, etched glass, ceiling panels, textiles, stair railings, risers, pavers, planters, landscape, fences and grates are just some of the possibilities for public art contributions to public spaces. The possibilities are as vast as the imaginations of artists and architects.

Utah’s Percent-for-Art Act

In 1985, the Legislature passed the Utah Percent-for-Art Act (Utah Code Title 9, Chapter 6, Sections 401-409), which designates 1% of construction costs of new and/or renovated state public buildings is added to the project for the purpose of commissioning, maintaining and conserving site specific art at, on, or in the facility. The collection includes a broad range of media from textiles and glass to stone and metal monumental works.

Public Art Call for Qualifications

Find out about local, regional, national and international calls for public arts commissions.

Public Art Collection

There are over 200 pieces in Utah’s Digital Public Art Collection, all created since 1985. Look here to find out what public art is in your community.


State Fine Art Collection

Utah’s state-owned art collection began in 1899. Alice Merrill Horne was a candidate for the state legislature on a platform of support for the arts. Once she was elected to the House of Representatives she sponsored a bill to create a state arts organization and to establish a state collection of artwork. In honor of that sponsor, the collection was named the “Alice Art Collection.”  The continued acquisition of artwork by Utah artists comes from purchases selected by the Collection Acquisition Committee and generous donations from patrons and artists.

The collection continues to grow annually by purchases and donations and provides impressive documentation of the history of Utah art. The collection is on display at the Governor’s Mansion, the Glendinning Home, the Rio Grande Depot, the State Capitol building, the Scott Matheson Courthouse, and other state buildings. Selections from the collection are also included in the Traveling Exhibition Program.

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Mondays in the Park

am_events_mip_balletfolkorico_11Free concerts of folk and ethnic music and dance are presented selected Monday evenings in July and August. Performances are held starting at 7:00 p.m. in front of the Chase Home Museum in the middle of Liberty Park (enter from 900 South or 1300 South at about 600 East in Salt Lake City). Beginning in 1987, Mondays in the Park has featured performances from various cultural communities in Utah.

Local traditional craft artists also participate and display their work for audience enjoyment and to enrich the performances. Bring your lawn chairs, blankets, picnics, family and friends of all ages for these fun, free outdoor concerts.

Mondays in the Park is presented in partnership with Excellence in the Community. Check out our photo gallery of past Mondays in the Park concerts HERE.

2017 CONCERT SCHEDULE

July 3

VENEZUELA CANTANDO

Venezuelan Music

 

July 10

HALAU HULA ‘O KAHEALANI

Hawaiian Music and Dance

 

BLUE SAGE BAND

Bluegrass and Western Music

 

July 17

POLEVIYAOMA HOPI DANCERS

Hopi Music and Dance

 

BRAZILIAN ROOTS

Music of Brazil

 

July 31 

JAMES ROMERO THREE GENERATIONS BAND

New Mexican Music

 

August 7

KARPATY DANCE ENSEMBLE

Polish and Ukrainian Dance

 

OKINAWA KENJINKAI

Japanese Music and Dance from Okinawa

 

August 14

KARGI KALA KENDRA

East Indian Classical Dance

 

TANGO WEST

Argentinian Tango Music and Dance

 

August 21

MARIACHI SOL DE JALISCO & BALLET FOLKLORICO DE LAS AMERICAS

Mariachi Music and Latin American Dance

 


Directions and Parking

Mondays in the Park is presented on the front porch of the Chase Home Museum of Utah Folk Arts, located in the middle of Salt Lake City’s Liberty Park. Gated entrances to the park are located at 600 East on 900 South and 1300 South.

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Free parking is available inside the gates along the perimeter of the park, as well as on the side streets surrounding the park grounds.

Public Transportation Options

Use the UTA’s Trip Planner to get to Mondays in the Park. UTA bus routes 9, 205, 307, and 320 all pass within one or two blocks of Liberty Park. Click here to view UTA’s system map.

For more information on the Mondays in the Park Concert Series, contact Adrienne Decker via email or at 801.245.7286.

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