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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

Click HERE for information about the Art-o-mat.

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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Poetry Central

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

Reading Poetry

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

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

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Writing Poetry

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

*Shanan Ballam, “Mapping the Neighborhood”

Lisa Bickmore, “Invention and Discovery”

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

Rob Carney, “12 Tasks”

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

*Chris Cokinos, “A Surrealist Game for Two”

Katharine Coles, “Centos, Pantoums, Erasure Poems”

Star Coulbrooke, “Writing Your Childhood”

*Brock Dethier, “A Thank-you Poem”

Craig Dworkin, “Found Poetry and Experimentation”

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

Ben Gunsberg, “Write a Rhapsody”

Jean Howard, “Writing Extreme Performance Poems”

*Kimberly Johnson, “Fifty Sentences”

Janine Joseph, “World into Word”

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

Jason Olsen, “The Group Title Prompt”

Jacqueline Osherow, “Go to the Zoo”

Paisley Rekdal, “The Next Thing Always Belongs”

*Susan Roche, “Doo-Dads”

Natasha Sajé, “Poems Aware of History”

Susan Sample, “Best Words in the Best Order”

*Gail Schimmelpfennig, “Gifts to the Imagination”

Jon Sebba, “Twenty Little Poetry Projects”

Ned Snell, “Getting Started”

*Laura Stott, “The Train Station Poem”

Nancy Takacs, “Writing a Poem on a Road”

 

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

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

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

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

 

Chase Home Museum

The Chase Home Museum of Utah Folk Arts is the only museum in the country dedicated to displaying a state-owned collection of contemporary folk art. It features objects made by living Utah artists from the state’s American Indian, rural, occupational and ethnic communities. The Museum offers a snapshot of Utah’s contemporary culture and heritage. The Chase Home, built more than 150 years ago in a traditional hall-and-parlor style from adobe bricks, is a fine example of 19th century folk art.


Workshops & Temporary Exhibitions

A workshop space on the first floor features both folk arts and museum programming at the Chase Home. We offer classes, hands-on workshops, artist visits, and many more events. Follow our Facebook page for the latest announcements.

The workshop space also serves as a gallery for temporary exhibitions of Utah folk and traditional arts or new work featuring emerging folk art genres or innovations of tradition. We accept proposals for 8-12 week exhibitions by Utah artists. See our Exhibition Guidelines to submit a proposal. Contact Adrienne Decker (adriennedecker@utah.gov) or Jennifer Ortiz (jenniferortiz@utah.gov) to learn more.


View the State of Utah Folk Art Collection


Location & Hours

The Chase Home Museum is located in the middle of Liberty Park. To visit, enter the park from either 900 South or 1300 South at about 600 East and follow the signs to parking near the center of the park.

Labor Day-Memorial Day (Winter Hours):

Tuesday-Friday: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Saturday-Monday: Closed

Memorial Day-Labor Day (Summer Hours):

Tuesday-Friday: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Saturday: 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM 

Sunday-Monday: Closed

Chase Home Museum Map

Questions?

Call 801.245-7285

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Toolkit: Museums

We’re on Pinterest!

Find us pinning about museums HERE .

Museums Watch & Talk Brown Bag Series

museum brown bagJoin us every other month beginning this August for a series of conversations featuring different museum topics hosted by a local expert. This series is a “workshop-lite” session with the introduction of one museum topic, such as collections, education, administration, etc. through a pre-recorded webinar. An expert host will facilitate conversation after the webinar, making the content relevant to participants in the room. Bring a brown bag lunch and enjoy the fun!

April: There’s a Form for That! Documenting your Museum’s Collections with Emily Johnson at the Rio Grande Building in Salt Lake City on April 25th. For more information and to register, please click here.

June: Hazardous Collections, a partnership with the Natural History Museum, Utah on June 14th. For more information and to register, please click here.

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APPLICATIONS CLOSED: Collections Technical Assistance Program

The Division of Arts and Museums is pleased to announce a new program geared towards assisting small museums in improving their collections care and management practices. The Collections Technical Assistance Program will provide participating museums one-on-one training on-site in collections care, from object handling to inventory and preservation planning.

Participating museums will work directly with the UA&M Museum Services Manager to conduct a Preservation Assessment and work on-site to determine priority projects that they can address together over the course of the year. Museums accepted into the program will receive $4,000 to work on their collections project, funding that can be applied towards such things as purchasing materials, bringing in a conservator to do conservation work, or building improved exhibitions mounts. The goal of the Collections Technical Assistance Program is to holistically address collections care in small institutions by providing the building blocks of training and funding necessary for museums to succeed.

This program is by application only and will be limited to four total participating museums. Applications will be accepted through July 22nd with notifications of acceptance sent out August 19, 2016. All participating museums must be able to commit to a full year of working on their agreed upon project with the Museum Services Manager in order to receive the funding.

Qualifications: 

You must represent a “small” museum in the state of Utah, operating on $250,000 or less. While academic institutions are welcome to apply, the main beneficiaries of the program must be full or part time staff and/or volunteers and not students working towards a degree who will continue to work in the museum.

To apply, please click here.

Resources

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

National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Grant Workshop Material 

Click here to view the NEH’s grant workshop materials from their site visit to Utah in March. It includes information regarding the application process and is a broad overview of the grants that they offer.

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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.

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 email Jennifer Ortiz at jenniferortiz@utah.gov.

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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Mountain West Arts Conference

Thursday, May 4, 2017
Utah Cultural Celebration Center
1355 W. 3100 S. West Valley City
2017 MWAC Design
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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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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 Individual Artist 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.

 

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

Arts Benefactor

 
 

Arts Patron

Ballet West

Kimball Art Center

Salt Lake Acting Company

Salt Lake City Arts Council

Spy Hop

Timpanogos Storytelling Institute

Utah Museum of Fine Arts

Utah Shakespeare Festival

Weber State University Lindquist College of Arts and Humanities

Zions Bank

Arts Supporter

Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art

Utah Festival Opera & Musical Theatre

Utah Film Center


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

Original Writing Competition

Since 1958, the Utah Original Writing Competition has awarded Utah writers for works of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry in a variety of forms. The competition’s mission is to aid Utah writers on their path to publication and broader recognition. Submissions must be original works and, with some exceptions, cannot be published or accepted for publication at the time of entry. Manuscripts are reviewed in a blind process by judges selected from outside of Utah. There is no entry fee, and it is open to all Utah residents age 18 and over.

The 2017 competition opens Monday, May 8, and closes Friday, June 23, at 5 p.m. MDT. All submissions must be made through our online portal. The link to the online submissions portal is contained in the 2017 guidelines. Please read through all of the guidelines before submitting. Please note that this year, self-published manuscripts are not eligible.

You will use file-sharing to share your manuscript(s) with us. If you’re new to file-sharing, click HERE to see how to use Dropbox to share documents, and click HERE to see how to use Google Drive to share documents.

Click HERE to see lists of past winners from 2000 to the present.

Happy writing!

Questions?

Contact Alyssa Hickman Grove at agrove@utah.gov or 801.236.7548.

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