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The Road to Results: Effective Practices for Building Audiences

Bob Harlow, PHD, is a social psychologist and statistician who helps organizations better understand their target audiences. He has partnered with some of the world’s leading companies and nonprofits to develop marketing and operations strategies. He has held senior and management positions at IBM and at market research consulting groups such as Yankelovich, and currently leads his own consulting organization.

On June 28, Bob Harlow will be giving two talks on his books The Road to Results and Taking Out the Guesswork. Based on case studies of 10 arts and culture organizations that undertook audience-building projects as a part of The Wallace Foundation’s Wallace Excellence Award initiative, The Road to Results pinpoints nice successful practices those projects had in common.

Cultivating new audiences and strengthening bonds with current attendees is a top priority for most arts and culture organizations. Yet even though audience research can help achieve those goals, many organizations shy away from it, often citing lack of money, time or skills to carry out the endeavor. Taking Out the Guesswork is based on the experiences of organizations that took part in a Wallace Foundation audience-building initiative and seeks to help organizations get over these hurdles.

 

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Wednesday, June 28 – 12:00 – 3:00 PM
Natural History Museum of Utah, Swaner Forum
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New Poet Laureate Celebrates Literary Voices Throughout Utah

Utah Governor Gary R. Herbert has named University of Utah English professor Paisley Rekdal as the state’s new Poet Laureate.

“The literary arts are an essential part of our state’s rich cultural heritage,” Herbert said. “Ms. Rekdal’s artistic accomplishments and teaching service make her ideally suited to continue the tradition of bringing poetry and literature to the people of Utah.”

During her four-year term, Rekdal will serve as the governor-appointed advocate for literature and the arts. She is also available to conduct readings and lead workshops for community groups, arts organizations, and educators. Continue reading

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 ’17 

The DesignArts Program is pleased to host the DesignArts Utah ’17 juried exhibition, September 8, 2017 – October 20, 2017, at the Rio Gallery in downtown Salt Lake City. Designers in architecture, industrial, product, and information / media / graphic design will be included with realized, conceptual, and prototype design. This year’s featured designers include: Jorrien Peterson / Fell – Gunnar Harrison – Lianne Wappett – Hunter Hofstrand – Camilla Aubrey – Sparano + Mooney Architecture – WEST Group and Juror’s Award Winners; Nick Mendoza and Andrew Galloway in the professional category and Joshua Siebert and DesignBuildBluff in the student categories.

This annual exhibition honors and celebrates Utah’s great designers and provides a valuable platform for viewers to learn about and engage with the design community. DesignArts Utah is excited to partner with Salt Lake Design Week and Craft Lake City for this event that is free and open to the public.

Brooke Hodge, the director of the Palm Springs Art Museum Architecture and Design Center, will curate the exhibition. The designer selected as the Juror’s Award Winner will receive a $3,000 award. Two designers selected in the student category will each receive a $500 award.

In conjunction with Salt Lake Gallery Stroll and Salt Lake Design Week, a closing reception will take place on October 20th from 6-9 pm at the Rio Gallery, 300 S. Rio Grande in Salt Lake City. Admission is free and open to the public.

Please feel free to refer any questions to Jim Glenn jglenn@utah.gov 801.245.7271 or Mackenzie Morton mmorton@utah.gov 801.245.7270


DesignArts Exhibition Catalogs

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

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

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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 Click to view the full catalog

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 CatalogClick to view the full catalog

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:

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


Questions?

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

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Arrangements: A Survey of Utah Collage

Liberty Blake "The Meadow After the Climb" Collage 20" x 16"

Liberty Blake “The Meadow After the Climb” Collage 20″ x 16″

At its first formal beginnings, collage began as a startling intermingling of “high” culture – still life oil paintings – and “low” culture – mass produced paper prints and patterns. The practice of collage – sticking or pasting materials to a flat surface – has been around for centuries and was a favorite medium of folk and outsider artists. However, the flexibility of collage was perfect for Cubists and Dadaists to explore themes of chaos, imagination, absurdity, and reality during the period of time following World War I. Later, collage and photomontage became the perfect vessels for Pop and Modern artists to depict themes of consumerism, technology, militarism, and excess.

The beauty of collage is that it is so flexible. It is accessible and democratic in the sense that the creation of collage is available to anyone, from schoolchild to seasoned artist. However, collage as an art form is still largely governed by the same principles as other formal art making – form, structure, color, composition, and movement all weigh heavily in the creation of artistic collage.

This exhibition combines collage works from the State of Utah’s Fine Art Collection, as well as artwork from some of Utah’s finest collage and mixed media artists. Collage, assemblage, photomontage, and mixed media artists in Utah have a long and rich history of practice in Utah. We wanted to bring together the work of modern-day professionals and earlier practitioners of various forms of collage together in an exhibition we could share with people across the state. We hope that this assortment of works will inspire viewers to consider creating collage of their own, to explore their worlds and to think about the everyday materials around them that could be incorporated into their art-making.

The exhibit includes artworks by: Trent Thursby Alvey, Erin Barrett, Gary Barton, Ed Bateman, Namon Bills, Liberty Blake, Noel Carmack, Jane Christensen, Wayne Chubin, Deborah Durban, Maury Haseltine, Jim Jacobs, Jason Lanegan, Bill Lee, Dennis Martinez, Dottie Miles, Jenny Ostraff, Bruce Robertson, Chauncey Secrist, Sam Wilson

Resources

  • Press release for your school or institution to distribute. For a press image click on the picture above and it will open in a new tab at a higher resolution.
  • Educational Materials

2017-2018 Traveling Schedule

Dixie Art Department, St George, Aug 15 – Oct 3
Roosevelt Public Library, Roosevelt, Oct 5 – Nov 3
Tooele Jr High, Tooele, Nov 14 – Dec 12
Fillmore Elementary, Fillmore, Jan 24 – Feb 21, 2018
Granger Elementary, Taylorsville, Feb 21 – Mar 31
Summit County Library, Park City, Mar 21 – April 23

Go Out and Play: An Exhibit About Childhood Memories of Play

The Neighbors by Sophie Soprano, oil on panel, 16"x20"

The Neighbors by Sophie Soprano, oil on panel, 16″x20″

Our memories of playing as children are powerful. Children’s everyday experiences, adventures, and projects are often rehearsals for adult life. Play gives children a taste of freedom, encounters with uncertainty, opportunities for risk-taking and responsibility, and unscheduled time for imagination. This exhibition focuses on artist memories to summon the viewers’ childhood markers of place and time. Says curator Kathy Cieslewicz, “The exhibit focuses on reigniting the viewers’ childhoods through interaction and reminiscing.”

Collectively, the art in this exhibition reflects how play seems to be trivialized in our changing world. Traditional play has become jeopardized as parents see their children’s activities relegated to screens. It is hoped viewers will be inspired to bring play back into children’s lives in ways that evoke wonder, creativity, and natural curiosity.

This exhibition is a partnership between the Sears Art Museum Gallery and Dixie State University, and the show features artwork in a variety of media by artists from Utah and Arizona. For more information on the Sears Art Museum Gallery, visit www.searsart.com or like their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/SearsArtMuseumGallery.

Resources

  • Press release for your school or institution to distribute. For a press image click on the picture above and it will open in a new tab at a higher resolution.
  • Educational Materials

2017-2018 Traveling Schedule

Canyon Community Center, Springdale, Jul 28 – Aug 31
Manila Elementary, Manila, Sep 1 – Sep 29
Delta South Elementary, Delta, Oct 2 – Nov 2
Orem Public Library, Orem, Nov 6 – Dec 27
Wasatch Elementary, Salt Lake City, Jan 5 – Jan 31, 2018
Enoch Elementary, Cedar City, Jan 31 – Mar 2
Delta Public Library, Delta, Mar 2 – Mar 28
Gerald R. Sherratt Library, Southern Utah University, Cedar City, Mar 29 – May 2
Trailside Elementary, Park City May 4 – June 1
Discovery Gateway Childrens Museum, Salt Lake City, Jun 5 – Jul 10

Vietnam Veterans: Art Beyond Combat

Carl Purcell, painting Daniel Maynard, drawing John Steele, photography

Carl Purcell, painting – Daniel Maynard, drawing – John Steele, photography

This exhibition features three artists who served in Vietnam. Each has a different perspective about war. Dan Maynard was an artist his entire life, but never did much with it until after he was encouraged by his wife. John Steele came to photography later in life, and it was photography that took him back to Vietnam, to revise his personal perspectives and what he thought he knew about the people and their country. Carl Purcell was an interrogator for the Air Force. What he learned about the attitudes of North Vietnamese soldiers was a fatalistic view of life that he didn’t want to share. When he returned, he didn’t allow the war to impinge on his desire to move forward in life and never look back.

These are images of war, images of peace, and images of healing. Their creators are men who served our country during a time of uncertainty, protest, anger, and devastation. Each artist has a different perspective on how to return to life and resolve feelings of unrest. Art serves each of them in a different way, and each has a different story to tell.

Beginning September 17 2017, PBS will air Ken Burns’ latest series, The Vietnam War. The series features testimony from nearly 100 witnesses, including many Americans who fought in the war and others who opposed it, as well as Vietnamese combatants and civilians from both sides. This exhibition, curated by KUED Channel 7, was made possible by a grant from WETA, the PBS producing station. To learn more about this documentary, visit pbs.org/vietnamwar

Resources

2017-2018 Traveling Schedule

Karen H. Huntsman Library, Snow College, Ephraim, Aug 15 – Sep 18
Delta Public Library, Delta, Sep 22 – Oct 25
Gerald R. Sherratt Library, Southern Utah University, Cedar City, Nov 1 – Dec 19
Provo High School, Provo, Jan 8 – Feb 5, 2018
Library’s Viridian Event Center, West Jordan, Feb 28 – Apr 4
Early Light Academy, Daybreak, Apr 4 – May 8

Cubanidad

Gini Pringle, Havana Style, Photograph, 24" x 28"

Gini Pringle, Havana Style, Photograph, 24″ x 28″

“Perhaps the mission of an artist is to interpret beauty to people – the beauty within themselves” – Langston Hughes

Cuba is home to a mixture of multiethnic influences and a long and complicated geopolitical history. This unique and complex blending has drawn visitors from all over the world to try to capture the true spirit of Cuba. Writers, poets, painters, photographers, musicians, actors, and artists of all sorts have traveled to and been born of a Cuba that has inspired and encouraged generations of artistic investigation and expression.

Cubanidad is the exploration and celebration of Cuban identity, and the people of Cuba have long been considered its greatest resource. These eight Utah artists visited Cuba and documented the people and culture – capturing cubanidad. This exhibition is made of works from their efforts to report and record what cubanidad might look like to one looking in from the outside. The exhibit includes artworks by, Pete Ashdown, Niki Chan, Russel Albert Daniels, Bernardo Flores-Sahagun, Lewis Francis, J. Edgar Gomez, Gini Pringle, Jun Song, and Stephen Trimble.

Resources

  • Press release for your school or institution to distribute. For a press image click on the picture above and it will open in a new tab at a higher resolution.
  • Educational Materials

2017-2018 Traveling Schedule

Grantsville Junior High, Grantsville, Sep 20 – Oct 17
Summit County Public Library, Park City, Oct 19 – Nov 29
Grand County Public Library, Moab, Jan 2 – Feb 13
Weber State University, Stewart Library, Ogden, Feb 14 – Apr 23
North Sanpete High School, Mount Pleasant, Apr 25 – May 23

2017 Utah Watercolor Society

London Rain Day by Kristi Grussendorf, Watercolor on paper, 14" x 20"Copyright 2017

London Rain Day by Kristi Grussendorf, Watercolor on paper, 14″ x 20″ Copyright 2017

The Utah Watercolor Society, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization founded in 1974, is dedicated to the promotion and advancement of art through water media. UWS seeks to elevate water media and educate the public of its importance as a creative, permanent art medium. The Society encourages its members to develop artistically and creatively and to share ideas and techniques within the community. UWS provides opportunities for exposure of member art through exhibitions. In order to expand its horizons, the Society joined with the Western Federation of Watercolor Societies, an organization with societies in ten western states sharing the similar goals and mission.

Each year the Utah Watercolor Society sponsors two exhibitions juried by nationally recognized watercolorists. From the UWS Spring Open Exhibition, a selection of works is curated for the Utah Division of Arts and Museums’ Traveling Exhibition Program. This Exhibition represents the best of Utah watercolor art.

This year, the Utah Watercolor Society is pleased to welcome American Watercolor Society Signature Member, Janet Rogers, as the guest judge and juror. Janet is known for her portraits of women and children as well as wonderfully expressive floral paintings. In addition, UWS is proud to partner with the Utah Division of Arts and Museums for the 2017 Utah Watercolor Society Traveling Exhibition.

Resources

2017-2018 Traveling Schedule

Kane County Hospital Healing Arts, Aug 31 – Oct 3
Old Mill Elementary, Stansbury Park, Grantsville Oct 6 – Oct 30
Red Mountain Elementary, Ivins, Oct 31 – Nov 28
Gallery East, USU Eastern, Price, Jan 2 – Feb 13
Boulder Community Gallery, Boulder, Mar 1 – Mar 30
Sterling Elementary, Tooele, Apr 5 – May 3