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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

Monday – Friday 8 am – 5 pm | Open Saturdays from 10 – 2, Nov 11 – Apr 21 for Winter Market
Closed Sunday
300 S Rio Grande Street SLC, UT 84101
Free and open to the public

Exhibition Proposal Guidelines

 


September 10 – October 19, 2018

Gallery Stroll Opening Reception September 21, 2018, 6-9pm 

DesignArts Utah ’18 honors and celebrates some of Utah’s best designers and provides an opportunity for gallery visitors see the talent of Utah’s design community.

The juror for DesignArts Utah ’18 is Christine Gaspar, the Executive Director of the Center for Urban Pedagogy (CUP), a New York-based nonprofit whose mission is to use the power of design and art to increase meaningful civic engagement.

Ms Gaspar, selected design work by AJC Architects, Benjamin Evjen, Benjamin Grove, Camrie Dance, Epicenter, Esther Ly, Jorge Ruegemer, Lucy Allen, McCall Keller and Mayra Payne.

Ms Gaspar awarded the $3,000 juror’s award winner in the professional category to Ben Evjen for his “Allay Series.” The two $500 student juror’s awards were awarded to Camrie Dance for her graphic design re-work for “Tatler Magazine” and “Hype Machine”, and McCall Keller for his graphic design re-brand for “Koda Farms.”

The Design Arts Program of the Utah Division of Arts & Museums sponsors DesignArts Utah annually with an exhibition featuring designs, prototypes, and produced samples by designers in Utah’s various design fields. The Design Arts Program is partnering with Craft Lake City again this year in the promotion and support of Utah design and designers.

We are proud to partner with Salt Lake Gallery Stroll and Craft Lake City.


Upcoming Exhibitions

Statewide Annual: Craft, Photography, and Video/Digital November 16 – January 11

Utah’s 15 January 18 – March 8

Questions?

Contact the Rio Gallery Manager
Felicia Baca at 801.245.7272

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Design Arts

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Design is the creative beginning of any human-initiated arrangement of materials. We are dedicated to the promotion of excellence in the diverse fields of design in Utah. We strive to help community members see, experience, utilize and value the art of design that surrounds us.

 

DesignArts Utah ’18
The results are in! Juror, Christine Gaspar, selected design work by AJC Architects, Benjamin Evjen, Benjamin Grove, Camrie Dance, Epicenter, Esther Ly, Jorge Ruegemer, Lucy Allen, McCall Keller and Myra Payne. Please come see the great work of these Utah designers at the Rio Gallery for DesignArts Utah ’18 – Opening September 10 through October 19 at Rio Gallery, Salt Lake City. There will be an opening reception for the designers, friends, families, clients and the public on September 21 from 6-9 p.m. at the Rio Gallery. We are proud to partner with Salt Lake Gallery Stroll and Craft Lake City.

 Benjamin Evjen and his Allay Series was selected as the Juror’s Award Winner $3,000 award. Camrie Dance’s Hype Machine and Tatler Magazine designs along with McCall Keller’s Koda Farms Rebrand were awarded the Juror’s Student Award of $500.


The DesignArts Program would like to thank Christine Gaspar, juror for the DesignArts Utah ’18 exhibition.

Christine Gaspar is Executive Director of the Center for Urban Pedagogy (CUP), a New York-based nonprofit whose mission is to use the power of design and art to increase meaningful civic engagement. She partners with designers and community organizations to create visually-based educational tools that help demystify complex issues from zoning law to sewage infrastructure. The projects are designed with and for advocacy organizations to help increase their capacity to mobilize their constituents on important social justice issues. The projects have been featured in art and design contexts such as the Cooper-Hewitt Museum’s National Design Triennial, PS-1, and the Venice Biennale, and recognized with a Cooper Hewitt National Design Award for Institutional Achievement, the Curry Stone Design Prize, and the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award.

Christine has over fifteen years of experience in community design. Prior to joining CUP, she was Assistant Director of the Gulf Coast Community Design Studio in Biloxi, Mississippi, where she provided architectural design and community planning services to low-income communities of color recovering from Hurricane Katrina. She holds Masters in Architecture and in City Planning from MIT, and a Bachelor of Arts from Brown University. In 2012, she was identified as one of the “Public Interest Design 100.”

More about Ms. Gaspar and her work:
http://newyork.thecityatlas.org/people/christine-gaspar/
http://sir.tv/profile/christine-gaspar
https://civic.mit.edu/blog/schock/linking-designers-and-organizers-christine-gaspar-center-for-urban-pedagogy

Please feel free to refer any questions to Jim Glenn jglenn@utah.gov 801.245.7271 or Lisa Greenhalgh lggreenhalgh@utah.gov or 801.245.7270

We are honored to again partner with Craft Lake City in the promotion of and support of Utah’s design community!

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DesignArts Exhibition Catalogs

Click on the images below to view past projects chosen for exhibition:

2017

Juror: Brooke Hodge joined Palm Springs Art Museum as Director of Architecture and Design in June 2016 after serving as Deputy Director at Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum from July 2014-May 2016.

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2016

Juror: Jim Childress, Chair of the AIA Committee on Design. A frequent lecturer on architecture, Centerbrook Partner, Jim Childress is well traveled due to his work and to grown children who are scattered around the world. What he learns from these international sojourns informs not only his architecture, but also the garden he is nurturing and expanding with his wife

Click to view the full catalog

2015

Juror: Randy J. Hunt, is Creative Director at Etsy, where he leads a team of designers creating the end-to-end experience, both online and off. Hunt feels strongly that designers must be able to build what they design, a perspective that fits naturally with Etsy’s culture of making and the love of craftsmanship.

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2014

Juror: Ellen Lupton, Senior Curator of contemporary design at Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, and the Director of the Graphic Design MFA Program and the Center for Design Thinking at Maryland Institute College of Art.

DA 2014 Catalog

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2013

Juror: Monica Ponce de Leon, Dean and Eliel Saarinen Collegiate Professor of Architecture and Urban Planning at University of Michigan Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning   

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2012

Juror: David Revere McFadden from the Museum of Arts & Design in New York City, New York 8 Utah designers’ 11 designs were selected for exhibition from 28 Utah designers’ 55 submitted projects.

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2011

Juror: Stuart Karten, director of Stuart Karten Design, Los Angeles, California. 8 Utah designers were selected for exhibition of their 13 designs from the 31 designs submitted.

Design Arts Utah 2011 Catalog

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2010

Juror: Budd Steinhilber, director of the of the Cranbrook Academy of Art and Art Museum 15 Utah designers were selected by Mr. Steinhilber for exhibition from the 60 designs submitted by 22 designers.

 Design Arts Utah 2010 Catalog

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2009

Juror: Reed Kroloff, director of the of the Cranbrook Academy of Art and Art Museum 9 Utah designers were selected by Mr. Kroloff for exhibition from the 42 designs submitted by 22 designers.

Design Arts Utah 2009 Catalog

2008

Juror: Jennifer Morla, award winning designer and creative director of Design Within Reach 20 Utah designers were selected by Ms. Morla for exhibition from the 97 designs submitted by 37 designers.

Design Arts Utah 2008 Catalog

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2007

Juror: Tucker Viemeister, VP Creative with Studio Red at Rockwell Group 15 Utah designers were selected by Mr. Viemeister for exhibition from the 47 submitted works.

 Design Arts Utah 2007 Catalog

2006

Juror: Susan S. Szenasy, editor-in-chief of Metropolis magazine based in New York City 15 Utah designers were selected by Ms. Szenasy for exhibition from the 60 designs submitted by 36 designers.

 Design Arts Utah 2006 Catalog

2005

Juror: Joseph Rosa, Helen Hilton Raiser Curator of Architecture and Design at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) 10 Utah designers were selected by Mr. Rosa for exhibition from the 42 designs submitted by 21 designers.

 Design Arts Utah 2005 Catalog

2004

Juror: Anne Van Ingen, director of architecture, planning and design program and capital projects for the New York State Council on the Arts in New York, New York

8 Utah designers were selected by Ms. Van Ingen for exhibition from the 27 submitted works.

 Design Arts Utah 2004 Catalog

2003

Juror: Buff Kavelman, director of the Smithsonian National Design Awards at the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum in New York 9 Utah designers were selected by Ms. Kavelman for exhibition from the 35 submitted works.

 Design Arts Utah 2003 Catalog

 


The design community in Utah is vital and growing. Click on the links below to learn more about a few of the design organizations in Utah:

AIA Utah 
AIGA Salt Lake City
ASLA Utah
Craft Lake City
Salt Lake Design Week


Questions?

Jim Glenn at jglenn@utah.gov or 801.245.7271

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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.

Notice: The Glendinning Mansion is currently undergoing exterior and landscape renovations due for completion in late September. The Alice Gallery is open, but parking is limited in the north lot. Visitors should access the gallery through the north door via the sidewalk. 

Past Exhibitions

Tuesday – Friday 10 am – 4 pm | Closed Saturday & Sunday
617 East South Temple SLC, UT 84102
Free and open to the public
Gallery Phone: 801-236-7555

Exhibition Proposal Guidelines


September 14 – November 2, 2018
Gallery Stroll Artist Reception: October 19 from 6-9 pm

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 10am to 4pm.

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 says she 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.

For this collection Alvey explains, “Water is the medium that is most important as it finds its way to low places.” 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 explains 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. Andrew says, “The images of the flowers inside are illuminated as merely imprints or shadows of their original shapes and colors.”

 


Upcoming Exhibitions

Virginia Catherall and Kelly Baisley November 9 – January 11

Selected works from the State of Utah Art Collection January 18 – March 1

Questions?

Contact the Gallery Manager
Felicia Baca at 801.245.7272

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Toolkit: Museums

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Upcoming Workshops

Resources

Box and Storage Mount-making workshop materials, Utah Museums Association Conference 2016, click here.

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UA&M now offers an environmental monitoring kit for rent for a small fee. The kit includes tools to measure your museum’s temperature, humidity, and light allowances. For more information about the kit or to inquire about rental, please contact Jennifer Ortiz at jenniferortiz@utah.gov or 801.245.7288. 

Preservation Assessment

We now offer an onsite preservation assessment for museums interested in learning more about how to better preserve their collections. Based off of Heritage Preservation’s Conservation Assessment Program (CAP), Utah Arts and Museum’s Preservation Assessment provides constructive feedback on areas of improvement through a facilitated onsite visit and itemized report. The visit and report are meant to provide feedback that will assist in identifying priority collections care needs and better assist museums interested in applying for museum grants through Utah Arts and Museums.

Please see our Pre-Assessment worksheet for more information and contact Jennifer Ortiz, Museum Specialist at 801-245-7288 to schedule your assessment.

Historic Interpretation Plan Assessment

Do you have a historic house museum in your community that needs a historic interpretation plan? The interpretation of historic interiors can create a powerful interpretative experience for visitors to feel the history of your museum or historic structure’s space. Historic Interpretation can encompass a historic structure with original furnishings, a restored interior with some originals furnishings, or a recreated/reconstructed interior without non-original furnishings. A Historic Interpretation Plan can assist your museum with telling its story.

For more information and to schedule your site visit, please contact Alena Franco at 801-245-7233 afranco@utah.gov

Emergency Planning

Collections Management

Fair Use and Copyright Issues

Museums Newsletter

This e-newsletter contains timely information and articles for Utah museums. If you would like to receive it, please click here.

Resources for Nonprofit Organizations

Looking for help with volunteers, accessibility, strategic planning or starting up a new museum? Check out the toolkit for nonprofit arts organizations and museums. Click HERE for the nonprofit organization toolkit.


Museum Support Organizations

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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.

Notice: The Glendinning Mansion is currently undergoing exterior and landscape renovations due for completion in late September. The Alice Gallery is open, but parking is limited in the north lot. Visitors should access the gallery through the north door via the sidewalk.

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 


Visual Art Exhibitions and Fellowships

Exhibition Proposals for Alice & Rio Galleries

The Rio & Alice Galleries were created as a service to Utah artists and the community at large. We welcome proposals from Utah artists, arts organizations, and independent curators age 18 and over. These include solo exhibitions, small group shows, or larger curated exhibits. All visual arts media including new genres are accepted. All work must be original.

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. Statewide Annual 2018 applications will be open September 21 – October 22.

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 Archibald 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.

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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Statewide Annual Competition

The Statewide Annual theme rotates between Mixed Media & Works on Paper; Craft, Photography, Video & Digital works; and Painting & Sculpture. Works are chosen for display by two out-of-state artists or arts professionals who travel to the Rio Gallery to jury the exhibition. A $1,000 best in show award is given to one artist, as well as six $600 jurors’ awards. Jurors also select two honorable mentions.

STATEWIDE ANNUAL 2018

CRAFT • PHOTOGRAPHY • VIDEO/DIGITAL WORKS

November 16, 2018 – January 11, 2018 at the Rio Gallery
300 S Rio Grande Street SLC, UT 84101 M-F

Important Dates for Statewide Annual 2018:

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: September 21 – October 22

DROP OFF AT RIO GALLERY: October 23 – 24, 8am – 6pm 

OPENING RECEPTION: November 16, 6 – 9pm 

Please read full guidelines before registeringClick here for Guidelines for 2018

2018 Jurors

DEBRA KLOMP CHING, Brooklyn, NY Co-Director of Klompching Gallery

Debra Klomp Ching is the co-owner of the Klompching Gallery. She has been working with photography since the 1980s—is an experienced curator, portfolio reviewer, private consultant, lecturer, writer, and art dealer. She holds a B.A. (Honors) in Photographic Studies, and an M.A. in Critical History and Theory of Photography. She is an Adjunct Faculty member of the School of Visual Arts in NYC and is active as a juror/judge for numerous photography awards, including the recent LensCulture International Emerging Talent Awards (2017) and the 2018 San Francisco Bay International Photography Show, among others.

 

MIGUEL ARZABE, San Francisco, CA

Miguel Arzabe is a San Francisco-based visual artist who works across media, including painting, video, and paper weaving. Arzabe’s work has been featured in such festivals as Hors Pistes (Centre Pompidou, Paris) and the Festival du Nouveau Cinéma (Montreal); and in museums and galleries including RM Projects (Auckland), FIFI Projects (Mexico City), Marylhurst University (Oregon), Berkeley Art Museum, Albuquerque Museum of Art, the de Young Museum, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. He has held many residencies including Facebook AIR, Headlands Center for the Arts, Montalvo Arts Center, and Santa Fe Art Institute. He holds a BS from Carnegie Mellon University, an MS from Arizona State University, and an MFA from UC Berkeley.

 


Past Exhibition Catalogs

Painting, Sculpture, and Installation ’17

 

 

 

 

 

 

swa-imageMixed Media & Works on Paper ’16

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SWA CoverCraft, Photography & Video/Digital Works ’15

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SWA 2014Painting & Sculpture ’14

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

am_ops_comp_statewide_catlog_13Mixed Media & Works on Paper ’13

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2012 Statewide Annual Competition CatalogCraft, Photography & Video/Digital Works ’12

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2011 Statewide Annual CatalogPainting & Sculpture ’11

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2010 Statewide Annual CatalogMixed Media & Works on Paper ’10

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Questions?

Contact Felicia Baca at fbaca@utah.gov or 801.245.7272