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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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Public Art

Public art is most commonly associated with a sculpture or painting in areas accessible or visible to the public, but it goes 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 the artists and architects who create them.

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

Projects in process:

Utah State University Life Sciences – In process

Southern Utah University School of Business – Finalists: Dayton Claudio, Gordon Huether, Shan Shan Sheng and Alexander Tylevich

Utah Department of Environmental Quality – Finalists: Day Christensen, Nancy Lovendahl, Daniel Moore and Karl Unnasch

4th District Courts – Provo – Artist commissioned: Lyle London

Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control, West Valley City – Artist commissioned: Weston Lambert

Utah Valley University Performing Arts Center – Artists commissioned: Jenn Figg and Matthew McCormack

The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources – Artists commissioned: Dan Gerhart, and Mark Hofeling/Matias Alvarez

Unified State Lab Phase II Taylorsville – Artist commissioned: Douwe Blumberg

Snow College Science Facility – Artist commissioned: Joe Pentland

Dixie Applied Technology College – Artist commissioned: Prentice / Colbert

Utah School for the Deaf and Blind – Artist commissioned: Daniel Roache

University of Utah Crocker Science Center – Artist commissioned: Hypersonic Studio,

Salt Lake Community College Westpointe Campus – Artist commissioned: Volkan Alkanoglu

Utah State University Center for Clinical Excellence – Artists commissioned:
Crystal Schenk/Shelby Davis

Juvenile Justice Services Ogden – Artists commissioned: David Griggs

Other Utah Public Art Opportunities

The Bountiful Davis Art Center is requesting proposals for a project to decorate the planter box in front of the Art Center, located on the corner of Main Street and 100 North in Bountiful, The building wraps around the corner and extends east on 100 North. There is a city-owned planter box in front of the main entrance about 5 feet in front of the door that is also on the property.
Budget: $1,000 – Deadline: August 15, 2017

Salt Lake County plans to contract with a Utah artist or artist team to create a unique artwork that will be installed at the new Parks & Public Works Operations Center located at 6332 South Airport Road, West Jordan. This public art project presents an opportunity for an exterior sculptural component.
Budget: $35,000 – Deadline: August 17, 2017

Moab ArTTrails is seeking sculptors to submit works to be considered for its first annual sculpture exhibition.  Up to ten artists will be selected to display their sculptures in downtown Moab, Utah, for a year. Selected artists will receive a $500 honorarium and two nights lodging the weekend of October 13-15.  The City of Moab and Grand County have committed to purchase a piece valued up to $10,000 and a $1000 Peoples Choice prize will be awarded at the end of the exhibition.
Budget: Total awards $16,000 – Deadline: August 18, 2017

The Redevelopment Agency of Midvale City seeks proposals for a project that includes one aesthetically pleasing, imaginative, and iconic piece that will be a welcome feature and identification for the City’s newly improved, Bingham Junction Park. The winning proposal must make a strong visual statement and use classical form and natural materials to create a unique element that establishes a sense of place.
Budget: $75,000 – Deadline: August 31, 2017


National & International Public Art Opportunities

City of Sugar Land [Sugar Land, Texas] – Submittals are requested from artists and/or artist teams interested in providing permanent artwork to be installed at the City of Sugar Land’s Festival Site Overlook. At the Overlook, a retaining wall and colonnade exists that would be highly suitable for an applied artwork, in a material such as mosaic or ceramic tile. Artists/artist teams that are short-listed after the RFQ Open Competition process will be provided with an $800 stipend to develop preliminary project design concepts as part of the subsequent Request for Proposal (RFP) process.
Budget: $151,500 – Deadline: August 22, 2017

The City’s Visual Arts Commission [Loveland, Colorado] seeks an Artist or Artist Team to create a vibrant 5’ x 8’ two-dimensional work of art to be installed on the interior hallway wall(s) of the Chilson Recreation Center located at 700 East 4th Street in Loveland. This hallway serves as a main connector to all areas of this very active, family-friendly recreational facility. The location receives prime exposure to an average of 1,400 daily visitors.
Budget: $15,000 – Deadline: August 25, 2017

The City of Overland Park [Overland Park, Kansas] is renovating City Hall and art will be a key component. The City will be purchasing wall mounted art for the interior public spaces including a statement piece for the atrium ceiling and one non-monumental out of doors element. Art sought will either reflect the precision associated with city planning, or the area’s beauty and citizenry.
Budget: $100,000 – Deadline: August 31, 2017

The District of Columbia Public Library (DCPL) Public Art Program is issuing a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) and statements of interest from individual artists, designers or art/design teams for a ceiling treatment to be produced in conjunction with the modernization of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial (Central) Library, at 901 G St. NW. This is an opportunity to design a signature visual feature of the Library’s Grand Reading Room, drawing upon the Library’s vast Special Collections archive of D.C. history. This call is open to applicants 18 or older; must be available for intermittent meetings in Washington, D.C. during 2018 and to oversee installation in 2019.
Budget: To be determined – Deadline: August 31, 2017

The City of Brentwood Arts Commission [Brentwood, California] seeks to commission an artist to create outdoor public art along an island median on Sand Creek Road across from “The Streets of Brentwood”. This is the first of four major “Gateways” into the City of Brentwood. This is also a heavily used thoroughfare located between two shopping centers.
Budget: $175,000 – Deadline: August 31, 2017

The Art in Public Places program [Palm Beach, Florida] seeks to commission an Artist or Artist team (Artist) to design, fabricate and install light sculpture screens and gates for Palm Beach County Convention Center Courtyard’s highly visible north and east perimeters. Along with “Wave” by Barbara Grygutis completed in 2009, illuminated sculptural screens and gates will be enjoyed by the Convention Center’s approximate 300,000 annual guests attending meetings, conventions, tradeshows, art fairs, galas and special events. The new signature artwork will be seen and experienced by passersby in approximately 50,000 vehicles daily, in addition to pedestrians travelling between the Convention Center and other landmarks along Okeechobee Boulevard, a main thoroughfare in downtown West Palm Beach,  To enhance the Center’s capacity to host diverse events and functions in its Courtyard, sculptures shall be compelling day through evening, and create a sense of seclusion from its surroundings, visually blocking vehicular traffic and limiting public access.
Budget: $454,000 – Deadline: September 1, 2017

England Airpark and Community,  [Alexandria, Virginia] home to Alexandria International Airport, is seeking request for qualifications and preliminary proposals from individual artists or artists teams for the creation of a monumental gateway sculpture located in a site specific roundabout entrance to the Airpark. This site was specifically created for the installation of a public art centerpiece. This is a high visibility, high traffic opportunity with hundreds of thousands of vehicles utilizing the Airparks roundabout on an annual basis. The roundabout location is one of the most notable and prominent public spaces within the Central Louisiana community.
Budget: $125,000 – Deadline: September 9, 2017

Lendlease Clippership Wharf LLC [Boston, Massachusetts] is interested in commissioning a large-scale sculpture in the round to install in the northwest corner of their Clippership Wharf Development. Lendlease is looking for a landmark sculpture that will promote and reflect the neighborhood, and provide an impactful enhancement to the public realm.
Budget: $123,250 – Deadline: September 15, 2017

The City of Ocala [Ocala, Florida] in partnership with the Appleton Museum of Art, Fine Arts For Ocala, and Marion Cultural Alliance is accepting submissions from artists working in North America to participate in the Fourth Ocala Outdoor Sculpture Competition. Ten works will be selected for a 20-month exhibition at Tuscawilla Park in Ocala, FL. Best of Show, Second Place, Honorable Mention, and People’s Choice awards will be selected.
Budget: Total Awards $24,000 – Deadline: September 30, 2017

Philadelphia’s Public Art Program [Philadelphia, Pennsylvania] 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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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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Community Arts

The community Arts team works with artists, professionals, community leaders, local arts councils, museums and municipalities to promote and expand arts and culture in Utah through training, technical assistance, networking events and conferences.


Fairs & Festival Tour Schedule

Utah Arts & Museums staff are hitting the road this summer! Look for our booth at the following events:

July 29: Butch Cassidy Days, Junction

August 11-12: Women’s Red Rock Music Festival, Torrey

August 18-19: Helper Arts Festival, Helper

August 18-19: Beaver County Fair, Minersville

September 8-9: Old Capitol Arts Festival, Fillmore

September 29-30: Escalante Canyon Arts Festival, Escalante

October 21: Red Rocktober Festival, Kanab


Professional Development Funding Opportunity

The Community Arts Program provides funding support for arts organization’s staff, board members, or volunteers to attend relevant conferences or trainings. These conferences/trainings provide opportunities for organizations to expand their skill sets and network with other arts and non-arts organizations.

Professional Development Funding Guidelines
Professional Development Funding Application


Change Leader Program

Change Leaders make up an active network of graduates from a three-day intensive professional development course. Participants receive instruction on assessing environments as well as the communication and facilitation skills necessary to implement change. Change Leaders share a commitment to creative community-building and lead quick turnaround projects called Random Acts of Art.


Local Arts Council

Local Arts Councils work to foster and support the arts in their communities. Whether they take the form of councils, boards, committees, government entities or nonprofit organizations, they are at the heart of community arts participation and play an important role in advocating, encouraging and developing arts and cultural awareness. They frequently interface with local government, acting as a critical resource for community-building and raising the quality of life. Some have formalized this status with a Designated Local Arts Agency Agreement with their municipality.
See a list of Local Arts Councils in Utah.


Grants

Utah Arts & Museums offers several grants for nonprofits, artists, schools, local arts agencies, and educators with funding from the Utah State Legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts. Grant funding is competitive and panel reviewed.


Arts & Humanities Month – October

National Arts & Humanities Month (NAHM) is a coast-to-coast collective recognition of the importance of culture in America. Since 1985, the month of October has been designated to encourage all Americans to explore new facets of the arts and humanities in their lives, and to begin a lifelong habit of active participation in the arts.


Creative Communities Initiative

Creative Communities is not currently funded by the Utah Legislature.

Creative Communities Project

The Creative Communities Initiative supports innovative connections between culture, art, community building, civic engagement, community planning and use of public space for enhancement of economic opportunities and quality of life in Utah’s communities.

These grants serve as catalysts for innovative community partnerships and civic dialogue on creative economic development and provide matching funds to implement projects to that end. A unique aspect of the program is the leadership-driven component. Project leaders are trained with facilitation skills to create civic dialogue and leverage critical support from the community. After the project is completed, these leaders continue to be a valuable professional resource for the community. Contact Jason Bowcutt at jbowcutt@utah.gov for more information about the Creative Communities Initiative.

Poet Laureate

The Utah Poet Laureate is a Governor-appointed advocate for literature and the arts throughout the state who presents in communities, schools, libraries, and public events. The position was established in 1997.

Utah Poet Laureate Paisley Rekdal

Paisley Rekdal is the author of a book of essays, The Night My Mother Met Bruce Lee,  a hybrid-genre photo-text memoir entitled Intimate, and four books of poetry: A Crash of Rhinos, Six Girls Without Pants, The Invention of the Kaleidoscope and Animal Eye, which was a finalist for the 2013 Kingsley Tufts Prize, the Balcones Prize and winner of the UNT Rilke Prize. Her newest book of poems is Imaginary Vessels, and a book-length essay, The Broken Country: On Trauma, a Crime, and the Continuing Legacy of Vietnam is forthcoming in 2017. Her work has received a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Amy Lowell Poetry Traveling Fellowship, a Civitella Ranieri Residency, an NEA Fellowship, Pushcart Prizes, the 2016 AWP Nonfiction Prize, and various state arts council awards. Her poems and essays have appeared in or are forthcoming from The New York Times Magazine, American Poetry Review, The Kenyon Review, Poetry, The New Republic, Tin House, the Best American Poetry series, and on National Public Radio, among others. She teaches at the University of Utah, where she is also the creator and editor of the community web project Mapping Salt Lake City.

Book the Poet Laureate

To request a reading or workshop by the Poet Laureate, please fill out the Poet Laureate appearance request form. Requests are honored based on the nature of the request and the availability of the Poet Laureate.

Paisley Rekdal’s Bite-Size Poem

Past Utah Poets Laureate

David Lee, St. George
Appointed by Gov. Michael Leavitt
January 1997 to January 2003

Kenneth W. Brewer, Logan
Appointed by Gov. Michael Leavitt
January 2003 to March 2006

Katharine Coles, Salt Lake City
Appointed by Gov. Jon Huntsman, Jr.
March 2006 to April 2012

Lance Larsen, Springville
Appointed by Gov. Gary R. Herbert
April 2012 to April 2017