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Rio Gallery

Located in the grand lobby of the old Rio Grande Depot, the Rio Gallery was established as a service to Utah artists, providing a free venue for emerging as well as established artists to collaborate on exhibits and engage the community through art-making and dialogue.

Specific Abject

March 17 – May 12, 2017

Please join us for a Gallery Stroll opening reception March 17th from 6-9 p.m.

The artists in this exhibition—Jared Clark, Christopher Lynn, Abraham Kimball, Allan Ludwig, Joseph Penrod, and Jean Richardson—each have a unique take on the possibilities of painting, or the possibilities of how painting’s mores can be used to frame other practices.

Painting as a term can be used to describe a medium-based artistic discipline, or as a lens through which work can be considered. Traditionally, painting’s primary components were its material (paint, canvas, panel, etc.), flat surface, location on the wall, and employment of color. During the 20th century, artists questioned the trappings of representational easel painting including traditional technique, the optics of space, shading, composition, and placement on the wall.

As artists freed painting to be more non-representational, there was less focus on the illusion of space rendered on the flat surface of the canvas, and more focus on the actual surface of the canvas, and in turn, the physicality of the canvas itself. The depth of the stretcher bars, the angle at which the work hung on the wall (or placement on the floor), and the shape of the canvas were now fair game when considering a painting, and not just what sat within the discrete parameters of the frame.

Painting was no longer just a framed window into a different scene, but it was being talked about as a sculptural object. Consequently, sculpture was being considered as painting. Modernist sculpture eschewed the pale carved marble and dark cast bronze forms of yesteryear and would occasionally embrace flat planes, color, fixed vantage points from which to view the work, the locus of the wall, and linear elements—all previously seen as the distinct purview of painting.

Looking at an artwork through the lens of painting is to consider the work as painting, even if many of its elements do not sit neatly within painting’s core competencies. Conversely, looking at painting through the lenses of sculpture, performance, video, or other disciplines also reveals fertile ground to explore new opportunities.

Location & Hours

Rio Grande Depot, 300 South Rio Grande Street (455 West), Salt Lake City; 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday – Friday

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Proposals for exhibitions in July 2017-Jan of 2018 will be accepted January 1-February 1, 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, 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.

This gallery hosts exhibitions by Utah artists and works from the State Fine Art Collection and was established as a service to Utah artists, providing a free venue for emerging as well as established artists to collaborate on exhibits and engage the community through art-making and dialogue.

The Great Good Place

March 10 – May 5, 2017
Please join us for a Gallery Stroll opening reception April 21st from 6-9 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.”

Location & Hours

Glendinning Home, 617 East South Temple, Salt Lake City
8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday – Friday; Closed Saturday – Sunday
Free and open to the public

Proposals for Exhibitions

Proposals for exhibitions in July 2017-Jan of 2018 will be accepted January 1-February 1, 2017. Be sure to download the GUIDELINES prior to submitting your proposal online. Incomplete entries will not be accepted.

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Questions?

Contact the Gallery Manager
Felicia Baca at 801.245.7272

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Public Art

Public art is 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.

The Utah State Legislature Infrastructure and General Government Appropriations Subcommittee reviews all capital projects for the State and approves or cuts public art funding for those projects. If you would like to contact the legislators on the committee to express your views on art in public places, the committee membership and committee schedule and contact information can be found online.


Utah Public Art Program Opportunities

  • 4th District Courts – Provo – In collaboration the 4th District Courts, the Utah Division of Facilities Construction and Management, and VCBO Architecture the Utah Public Art Program has released a Request for Qualifications for artists and/or artist teams interested in creating site-specific public work for the new Courts facility in Provo, Utah. The Selection Committee is intent on working with an artist who will contribute to this important new facility for the State of Utah and the community of Provo. Applicants may apply here or via CD/DVD.
    Budget: $330,000 – Deadline: March 31, 2017
  • Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control, West Valley City – The Utah Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (UDABC) is constructing this new store in West Valley City at 5600 West 6200 South. It is the intention of the Art Committee to commission new work or purchase existing art. This public artwork may draw inspiration from or derive context from the community of West Valley City and/or the services offered by DABC, the architecture, the diverse cultures of West Valley City, the history and/or the magnificent Utah landscape. This project is open to artists residing in the western United States to include (Utah, Idaho, Colorado, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, California, Washington, Oregon, Montana and Wyoming.)
    Applicants may apply here or via CD/DVD.
    Budget: $17,000 – Deadline: April 7, 2017
  • Check back soon for projects with Southern Utah University and Utah State Archives.

Projects in process

Other Utah Public Art Opportunities

  • The Salt Lake City Public Art Program invites Utah artists or artist-led teams to submit proposals and applications for a public art commission at Fire Station #14 located at 3800 West California Avenue. The new net-zero station will support firefighters’ day-to-day experiences in an urban and industrial district. Building materials will respond to the environment while providing a welcoming glow to the public.  The project budget is inclusive of all artist’s fees and related expenses for design, supplies, fabrication, insurance, transportation, permits, and installation.
    Budget: $60,000 – Deadline: March 21, 2017

National & International Public Art Opportunities

  • The City of Philadelphia’s Percent for Art Program, through the Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy (OACCE) announces a $37,000 competition to commission a site-specific artwork for Fishtown Recreation Center. This commission is part of the $1.5 million Lederer Pool Replacement at Fishtown Recreation Center by Philadelphia Parks & Recreation.
    Budget: $37,000 – Deadline: March 29, 2017
  • The City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture is seeking applications from interested qualified artists to provide public art services for the Children’s Park Public Art Project and the Cañon Street Pocket Park Public Art Project. Artists or artist teams are sought to design, fabricate and transport permanent, site-specific artworks and consult during installation of artworks at the sites by the City.  One artist or artist team will be selected for the Children’s Park project and another artist or artist team will be selected for the Cañon Street Pocket Park project.
    Budget: $30,000 & $56,000 – Deadline: March 30, 2017
  • The CitySites Public Art Program is seeking an artist or artist team with experience creating a site-specific art installation that integrates into a suburban environment and a transit corridor. The artwork should utilize enduring materials that can withstand a dynamic streetscape with substantial vehicular traffic and minimal pedestrian traffic, exposure to vehicular pollution and can be easily cleaned and maintained in the event of graffiti or other defacing.
    Budget: $250,000 – Deadline: March 31, 2017
  • The Seattle Office of Arts & Culture (ARTS) is creating an artist roster of approximately 160 emerging, mid-career and established artists who will be pre-qualified for future art projects at city utility facilities, parks, street rights-of-way and other locations. This roster will be one method of selecting artists to develop temporary permanent, free-standing or site-integrated artwork projects in a variety of forms, sizes and complexities, outdoors and indoors. This call is open to professional artists residing in the United States.
    Budget: up to $175,000 – Deadline: April 12, 2017 
  • Public Art Chattanooga is seeking qualifications from artists or artist teams for the commission and installation of a mural at Milliken Park in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Up to three finalists will be selected to develop concept proposals for this project. Each finalist will be paid a $500 stipend for concept designs. The Oak Hills Mural will provide a transformative and dynamic visual anchor to this neighborhood park.
    Budget: $15,000 – Deadline: April 13, 2017
  • The Arts & Cultural Council of Decatur County in partnership with Main Street Greensburg are seeking artists or teams of artists to design and execute two murals in downtown Greensburg, Indiana. These murals are part of a larger project which consists of 3 art installations, streetscape and wayfinding signage. Two different artists/artist teams may be selected for each mural.
    Budget: $5,000 – Deadline: April 15, 2017
  • San Francisco International Airport is currently carrying out a replacement terminal and concourse facility. From the onset of the planning and design of the remodel, Arts Commission staff have been working closely with the Airport Design Team, representatives from the Bureau of Design and Construction, and the Airport Museums to ensure the effective incorporation of art into the building’s overall design. The artwork will act as an iconic landmark; both ticketed passengers and the public will be able to view the artwork from both the ground floor and mezzanine levels.
    Budget: $820,000 – Deadline: April 17, 2017
  • Public Art Chattanooga is seeking qualifications from artists or artist teams for the commission and installation of two murals on the East and West entrances of the Wilcox Tunnel located in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Up to three finalists will be selected to develop proposals for this project. Each finalist will be paid a $1,000 stipend. The Wilcox Tunnel Murals will provide a transformative and dynamic visual anchor and entry into the Eastdale neighborhood and surrounding communities.
    Budget: $53,000 – Deadline: April 20, 2017
  • The City of Richmond’s Public Art Commission is seeking qualified artists to create outdoor artwork for the Hull Street Library. The site is in the front of the library within the existing brick circle. Existing plantings and signage will be relocated prior to artist installation.
    Budget: $51,000 – Deadline: April 20, 2017
  • Public Art Chattanooga and the Steering Committee for the Fallen Five Memorial seek artist led multi-disciplinary design team’s qualifications to commemorate the fatal shootings of five servicemen on July 16, 2015, through a permanent memorial in Chattanooga’s TN Riverpark. Up to three teams will be selected as semi-finalists.  Each semi-finalist will be awarded a $5,000 stipend to develop a site specific proposal.
    Budget: $750,000 – Deadline: April 27, 2017
  • Philadelphia’s Public Art Program invites artists to submit an application with the Public Art Artist Registry. The registry allows artists to participate in all selection processes by maintaining a record of their work that will be consulted by Public art staff, panelists, architects, and City agencies as public art opportunities become available. The registry is open to all professional artists.
    Deadline: Ongoing

    Questions?

Contact Jim Glenn | jglenn@utah.gov | 801.245.7271 or Mackenzie Morton | mmorton@utah.gov | 801.245.7270

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Poetry Out Loud

The National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation have partnered with the Utah Arts & Museums Arts Education Program to support Poetry Out Loud, which encourages Utah’s youth to learn about great poetry through memorization and performance.

  • For details regarding Utah’s POL activities, email pol@utah.gov or call 801-236-7557.
  • For full details on the national poetry recitation competition, visit www.poetryoutloud.org.
Recitation and performance are major trends in poetry. There has been a recent resurgence of poetry as an oral art form, as seen in the slam poetry movement and the immense popularity of hip-hop music. Poetry Out Loud builds on that momentum by inviting the dynamic aspects of slam poetry, spoken word and theater into the English and theatre class.

2016 Poetry Out Loud

Tessa Thornley of Bear River High School took home top honors from the state finals for the Poetry Out Loud National Recitation Contest, presented by Utah Arts & Museums on Wednesday, March 16, 2016, at co-host Westminster College’s Vieve Gore Concert Hall in the Jewett Center for the Performing Arts. Thornley received $200 and travel expenses to represent Utah in the national championship May 2-4 in Washington, D.C. Her school received a $500 stipend for the purchase of poetry books. Runner-up Serena Hawatmeh of Juan Diego Catholic High School received $100, with $200 for her school library. Poetry Out Loud awards a $20,000 college scholarship to the national champion.

Approximately 4,616 students from 35 high schools across Utah participated in Poetry Out Loud activities and competed in school and regional competitions. Regional competitions were held in Brigham City, Gunnison, Provo, St. George, Salt Lake City, and South Jordan. At the Vieve Gore Concert Hall, students recited works they selected from an anthology of nearly 600 classic and contemporary poems.


Past Winners

  • 2015 – Sadie Merkley, Box Elder High School, Brigham City
  • 2014 – Ashlei Havili, American Fork High School, American Fork
  • 2013 – Devin Jones, West Jordan High School, West Jordan
  • 2012 – MarKaye Hassan, Logan High School (placed 3rd in National Competition)

Mountain West Arts Conference

Thursday, May 4, 2017
Utah Cultural Celebration Center
1355 W. 3100 S. West Valley City
2017 MWAC Design
Brian Kershisnik, They dance, 2014
Photography by: Hawkinson Photography
Beverley Taylor Sorenson Arts & Education Complex

The Mountain West Arts Conference is designed to help individuals and organizations in the arts community access essential resources and create community connections throughout Utah and the Mountain West. It is also part of a long-term effort to sustain the creative industry by providing opportunities, education, tools, information and resources that serve all contributors to the arts.

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Full Conference Registration – $100
Student, Senior (65+), & Veteran or Active Duty Military Rate – $75

Change Leader Rate – $85 (must use code)
Governor’s Leadership in the Arts Awards only – $55

Keynote Speaker- Aaron Dworkin

We are very happy to announce Aaron Dworkin as this year’s Keynote Speaker for the Mountain West Arts Conference.

Named a 2005 MacArthur Fellow and President Obama’s first appointment to the National Council on the Arts, Aaron P. Dworkin serves as dean of the University of Michigan’s School of Music, Theatre & Dance, which is ranked among the top performing arts schools in the nation. He is also the founder of The Sphinx Organization, the leading national arts organization for transforming lives through the power of diversity and the arts. A  multi-­‐media performing artist, author, social entrepreneur, artist-­‐citizen, and educator, he continually receives extensive national recognition for his leadership and service to communities. His memoir titled Uncommon Rhythm: A Black, White, Jewish, Jehovah’s Witness, Irish Catholic Adoptee’s Journey to Leadership was released through Aquarius Press.
Read Full Bio Here


Conference Details (subject to change)


Scholarships

Educator Scholarship Student Scholarship

We gratefully acknowledge the support of our conference sponsors in helping us to provide scholarships to the Mountain West Arts Conference

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The Governor’s Leadership in the Arts Awards

The Governor’s Leadership in the Arts Awards are presented annually in conjunction with the MWAC. The awards recognize those qualities that advance the arts for the people and communities in our state and are Utah’s highest honor in the arts.

Sponsorship – Governor’s Leadership in the Arts Awards

Sponsor a table at the Governor’s Leadership in the Arts Awards luncheon to help us provide scholarships and to keep the conference affordable for Utah’s arts community.
2017 Table Sponsorship Form

You can purchase a table below:

  • Arts Benefactor Table $1000 – Premiere seating for a table of 10 – Acknowledgement at luncheon and logo in program – Logo and link on conference web page – Display table at the conference – 4 full conference registrations.
  • Arts Patron Table $650 – Prominent seating for a table of 8 – Acknowledgement at luncheon and name in program – Name listing on conference web page – 2 full conference registrations.
  • Arts Supporter Table $350 – Prime seating for 4 – Acknowledgement at luncheon and name in program – Name listing on conference web page.

We gratefully acknowledge the table sponsors for the
2017 Governor’s Leadership in the Arts Awards

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Arts Patron

Salt Lake Acting Company

Timpanogos Storytelling Institute

Weber State University Lindquist College of Arts and Humanities

Arts Supporter

2016 MWAC Resources

Click here to find resources and photos from the 2016 Mountain West Arts Conference.


Questions?

Contact Jason Bowcutt, jbowcutt@utah.gov or call 801.236.7554