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Spike 150 Grant Opportunities

On May 10th, 1869, the Transcontinental Railroad was completed at Promontory Point in Northern Utah.  In recognition of the sesquicentennial of the 1869 Transcontinental Railroad’s completion in Utah, funding for railroad-related projects is now available through the Department of Heritage & Arts.

Three categories of grants are available:

  1. Spike 150 Cultural Celebration Grants – Funding for Utah arts, cultural, history, and humanities-based organizations, and local communities, to plan celebratory events, exhibits, festivals, performances, or programs around the sesquicentennial commemorating event.
    Guidelines  |  Online Application
  2. Railroad Depot Upgrade Grants – Funding for Utah historic railroad depots that serve as museums or visitor information centers in order to enhance the historic appearance and functionality of the railroad depot to support the Anniversary. Preference will be given to projects that contribute to the long-term maintenance and preservation of the historic railroad depot.
    Guidelines Online Application
  3. Local History Grants – Funding for Utah communities and organizations to include Transcontinental Railroad or general railroad history in their 2019 programming. These can include public education activities, exhibits, research, events, and presentations related to the topic of railroads in Utah.
    Guidelines  |  Online Application

Eligible applicants include nonprofit organizations, schools, local historical societies, arts and cultural organizations, museums, libraries, local governments, and others. Topics and subjects related to this event may include, but are not limited to: transportation, travel, industry, technology, infrastructure, innovation, immigrant & labor issues, impact on Indigenous peoples,  environmental issues, globalization, historical figures & stories, related geographic locales,Transcontinental Railroad routes, westward expansion, social & economic impacts, etc.

Grant funding is provided by the State of Utah. Grants are competitive and panel-reviewed. Grant applications are due August 3rd, 2018. Grantees will have between September 1, 2018-December 31, 2019 to complete their project.

For more information, please contact:
Racquel Cornali, 801-236-7541 or
Rachel Cook, 801-715-6722 or
Alena Franco, 801-245-7233 or

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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

Exhibition proposals for Alice and Rio Galleries
will be accepted August 1 – September 1, 2018

July 13 – August 31, 2018

Gallery Stroll Opening Reception July 20, 2018, 6-9pm 

postmodernposh is a response to the #mainstream art scene where the art world has become more consumer-based and art is seen more as a luxury than anything else. Nolan Flynn and Mitchell Lee, the two #artists in this exhibition both carry approaches in their #artwork that antagonize this idea of #art.

Nolan Flynn’s #abstract #paintings are created one mark at a time, with each mark a reaction to the last. Flynn creates intrigue in his work by building up and removing layers of #paint with classical methods of oil paint additions, and atypical paint masking methods. Each layer has a different application, in many ways painting with no plan embracing the unknown which becomes interlinked within the framework. His creation process derails his audience making it almost impossible to track how each #painting was made. This method questions the seriousness of #painting while promoting a playful nature.

Mitchell Lee’s #portraits question the value of significance. He acknowledges the concepts of immortality and flattery that are associated with #classicalportraiture and challenges those ideas by creating #work on non-pristine #painting surfaces made from found-objects.

Flynn’s playful #abstractpaintings oppose Lee’s labored #portraits, but the two have collaboratively #curated a collection of their own work both in two and three-dimensional space with a thoughtful installation practice. The provided work challenges the transition away from the typical, white-cube gallery space, and the hierarchy of the #artworld with a #concurrent critique of the #mainstream #artscene.


Upcoming Exhibitions

Design Arts ’18  September 7 – October 19

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


Contact the Rio Gallery Manager
Felicia Baca at 801.245.7272

The Rio Gallery is a member of the

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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.


Designers may apply for DesignArts Utah ’18 at

One professional design/designer selected as the Juror’s Award Winner will receive a $3,000 award. Two student designers selected as Juror’s Student Award Winners will each receive a $500 award.

The DesignArts Program is pleased to announce Christine Gaspar as juror for DesignArts Utah ’18 exhibition, September 10 to October 19, 2018, at the Rio Gallery in downtown Salt Lake City.

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:

Please feel free to refer any questions to Jim Glenn 801.245.7271 or Lisa Greenhalgh 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!


DesignArts Exhibition Catalogs

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


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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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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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


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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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


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


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


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


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
Craft Lake City
Salt Lake Design Week


Jim Glenn at 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.

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

Exhibition proposals for Alice and Rio Galleries
will be accepted August 1 – September 1, 2018


July 13 – September 7, 2018

Recent is an exhibition of works that highlights acquisitions into the State of Utah Alice Merrill Horne Art Collection from the past five years.

Artists include Anna Campbell Bliss, Pam Bowman, Al Denyer, Shane Deeter, Cara Despain, McGarren Flack, Robert Maryboy, Megan Gibbons, Juan Harrison, Ranch Kimball, Ralph H. Schofield, Suzanne Simpson, and Florence Ware, among others. These works have yet to be shown in public venues since their acquisition. They range from the 1930s to present day and include paintings, sculptures, and mixed media works.

Utah is home to the first state-funded arts council in the nation, founded in 1898 and now known as the Utah Division of Arts & Museums. State Rep. Alice Merrill Horne founded the agency based on visual art collecting, exhibitions, and educational programs. Since that time, the state has continued to acquire artworks with the goal of supporting the careers of Utah artists and building a collection of the state’s artistic heritage. The Fine Art Collection now includes over 1,400 works of art in addition to actively maintained Public Art and Folk Art collections. This collection can be searched online at


Upcoming Exhibitions

Jan Andrews and Trent Alvey September 14 – November 2

Virginia Catherall and Kelly Baisley November 9 – January 11



Contact the Gallery Manager
Felicia Baca at 801.245.7272

The Alice Gallery is a member of the

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Mondays in the Park

Free concerts of traditional folk music and cultural 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 of Utah.

Bring your lawn chairs, blankets, picnics, family and friends of all ages for these fun, free outdoor concerts. Mondays in the Park is brought to you by the Utah Division of Arts & Museums and the Salt Lake City Arts Council’s “Living Traditions Presents” program.

Check out our photo gallery of past Mondays in the Park concerts HERE.


July 2

Halau Hula ‘O Kahealani
Rumba Libre Band

July 9

Ballet Folklórico Newára
Men of Valor
African American Gospel Music

July 16

New Roots Bolivia
Kenshin Taiko

July 30 

Wasatch Intertribal Dance Troupe
Ballet Folklórico Quetzalcoatl

August 6

Jambo Africa Burundi Drummers
Sonali Loomba
Bhangra Folk Dance
Mariachi Alma Ranchero de Utah

August 13

Turkish Whirling Dervishes
James Romero y Los Amigos

August 20

Sonali Loomba
Kathak Indian Classical Dance
Pasifika Enriching Arts of Utah
Tracy Williams & Local Pacific Islander Artists

August 27

Iranian American Society
Flamenco del Lago
Brazilian Roots

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.

Chase Home Museums of Utah Folk Art mapParking Options

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 at or at 801.245.7286.Save



OnStage in Utah – Open – Deadline June 22nd

OnStage in Utah recognizes the important role presenters play in linking performing artists with Utah audiences. Funding is available to Utah Presenters to support a public performance as well as a separate community outreach activity of an in-state or out-of-state performing artist. OnStage in Utah funding covers 50% of artistic fees up to $2,000.

If you have any questions please reach out to Jason Bowcutt at or 801-236-7554.

Guidelines and Budget

All applications are accepted through My A&M. Please Note: My A&M system works best in Firefox and Google Chrome.

OnStage in Utah Training Webinar

Training webinars will take place to answer any questions you may have about OnStage in Utah.


A list of Utah performing artists that have been booked through OnStage in Utah, or who have received funding to attend regional performing arts booking conferences.

OnStage in Utah 2017 – 2018 Funded Presenters

Date Presenter Performer
July 28, 2017 Midvale Arts Council Jarabe Mexicano
August 19, 2017 Holladay Arts Council Night Star Orchestra
August 19, 2017 Holladay Arts Council Fly Me to the Moon
September 6-7, 2017  Dance Theatre Coalition EyeKnee Coordination
September 8-9, 2017  Friends of Territorial Statehouse State Park & Museum Bella Musica Mexicana and Yunuen Carrillo
September 16, 2017 Utah Pioneer Heritage Arts The W Duo & The Grimshaws
October 7, 2017 NEXT Ensemble Rahim AlHaj
October 20, 2017 Utah Philharmonic Orchestra Jenny Oaks Baker
October 27-28, 2017 Wasatch Western Heritage Molly in the Mineshaft
November 3, 2017 Casino Star Theatre Foundation TAIKO BOOM
November 4, 2017 NEXT Ensemble Rob Landes
November 5, 2017 Friends of the Moab Folk Festival Laura Cortese & the Dance Cards
December 16, 2017 Cottonwood Heights Arts Council Joshua Creek
 January 22, 2018 Blue Mountain Entertainment Riders in the Sky
January 27, 2018 Basin Arts Council Repertory Dance Theatre
February 1, 2018 NOVA Chamber Music Series Ah Young Hong
February 2, 2018 Ogden Friends of Acoustic Music The Hillbenders
 February 8, 2018 Kayenta Arts Foundation  Robert Earl Longley
February 10, 2018 Zion Canyon Arts & Humanities Council Robert Earl Longley
February 23, 2018 Mundi Project Antonio Andrade Duo
 March 9,2018 Orem Arts Council Lucien Barbarin
March 16, 2018 Eastern Arts Qais Essar Ensemble
March 22, 2018 Chamber Music Society of Logan Spektral Quartet
March 23, 2018 Zion Canyon Arts & Humanities Council Jason Bonham & Voltaire Verzosa
March 24, 2018 Kayenta Arts Foundation Jason Bonham & Voltaire Verzosa
March 24, 2018  Friends of Territorial Statehouse State Park & Museum Ken Verdoia
May 23, 2018 Utah Storytelling Guild Denise Valentine
June 16, 2018 Entrada Institute Violamore and Friends