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Fathers Consider the Impact of Parenting on Their Art in New Exhibit

SALT LAKE CITY — The failures, opportunities, and spontaneity of fatherhood is explored through the works of twelve artists in an exhibit opening at the Alice Gallery on Nov. 17.

The twelve artists were asked a simple question: How has being a father affected your art? The artists, who represent a variety of mediums and life stages, each approached the simple question in a different way in the exhibition Artist/Dad. The exhibition will be on view at the Alice Gallery from Nov. 17, 2017, through Jan. 12, 2018. A public reception will be held on Dec. 1 from 6-9 p.m. in collaboration with the Salt Lake Gallery Stroll.

Artist Daniel Barney, a father of three, reflected on the intense concern he felt for the safety of his newborn daughter while she slept in a crib next to his bed 23 years ago.

“Fatherhood is a complex concept that does not directly correlate with painting, but these works are artistic impulses of that moment,” Barney said.

Fatherhood taught Spencer Budd that he is by no means perfect and failure is a part of the learning process. He draws from what he has learned as he creates his work. “The possibility of failure is always present, but it is often my failings that result in a work that is fresh, spontaneous, and interesting.”

Both Namon Bills and Tyler Swain collaborated with their young children on each work. Bills, who allowed his 3-year old to paint on some of his existing work before finishing it himself, said, “Being a father brings its share of interruptions to current plans and trajectories. While these changes are difficult for a planner such as myself to swallow, they also lead to unexpected adventures, new opportunities, and greater outcomes than I would have experienced on my own.”

Swain’s approach was to let his son start and finish each work. “I wanted to not only express the idea of how being a father has influenced my artistic pursuits, but to actually allow my son to share in the creative process with me, resulting in a collaborative piece. I let him draw whatever he wanted to on each panel, name the piece, and tell me what was going on in his narrative.”

Justin Wheatley’s interpretation of the question came down to the influence making and consuming art has on his family. “My children are the driving force behind my work. As I thought about this show, I realized that, though I feel some burden to produce work in order to provide, I feel more need to make art in order to share the joy and struggle that comes along with it.”

Other artists participating in Artist/Dad are Fidalis Beuhler, Jeffrey Hale, Jorge Rojas, Colby Sanford, Steven Stradley, Duston Todd, and Clinton Whiting.

Arts Ed & Learning

Arts education and learning are vital to the development of creative, well-rounded, independent thinkers. An ideal arts education curriculum for children and youth consists of the literary arts, dance, folk arts, theater, music, storytelling, media and visual arts in ongoing, sequential instruction from kindergarten through grade 12. Outside the classroom, arts learning takes place in after-school and community settings. Through arts education and learning, we aid in the nurturing of intelligent, capable, compassionate individuals who will be tomorrow’s artists, arts patrons, innovators, and creatives.


Opportunities

Utah State Senate Visual Arts Scholarship Competition 
This project is sponsored by Senate President Wayne Niederhauser and the Utah State Senate in an effort to challenge Utah students in grades 9-12 to view the world artistically and express their creativity. In addition, the Utah Senate will reward outstanding students with scholarships to support their college and career goals. The competition is being administered by the Utah Division of Arts & Museums. Visit our Submittable page to submit your entry. Please read the 2017-18 Guidelines before submitting.


Opportunity for K-12 Educators

Teacher Initiated Project Guidelines, in which an artist works one-on-one with a teacher to instruct the teacher in a specific art form. The emphasis is on the teacher’s growth in knowledge and skills in an art form of his/her choice. This experience does not require the teacher to apply this in the classroom; it supports personal growth in the arts. Access online TIP application.

 

Grants
The Arts Learning Grant is offered to schools, school districts, non-profit organizations, social service agencies, community centers, and local arts agencies in the area of arts education. To download guidelines and online application instructions, please click on the name of each grant.

  • Arts Learning GrantFunding for interactive and comprehensive arts education-based projects where a qualified teaching artist(s) works with a specific community population, organization, or school.
  • Utah PTA Arts Education Grants, for first-time applicants. UA&M will work with the Utah PTA to award grants up to $500 for art programs in Utah schools sponsored by individual PTA units. These funds will match those the local PTA provides for enhancing art programs for students.

 

Beverley Taylor Sorenson Arts Learning Program

Beverley Taylor Sorenson Arts Learning Program LogoThe Utah Division of Arts and Museums, Art Works for Kids!, the Utah State Office of Education, and the Utah Parent Teacher Association, the Utah Arts Education Partnership (UAEP) is an operating alliance for the Beverley Taylor Sorenson Arts Learning Program (BTSALP). This continuing  initiative, funded by the Utah Legislature, integrates quality arts education into the curriculum of Utah elementary schoolchildren by: funding the salaries of arts specialists to work side-by-side with classroom teachers and district arts coordinators to provide curriculum support and administrative coordination; promoting partnerships with universities to offer pre-service and professional development training; and providing one-time money to purchase equipment and art materials. The BTSALP is administered through the Utah State Office of Education.

Poetry Out Loud
Poetry Out Loud LogoThe National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation have partnered with the Utah Division of Arts & Museums to support Poetry Out Loud, and encourages Utah’s youth to learn about great poetry through memorization and performance. State arts agencies receiving arts education funding from NEA are required to participate.

Professional Development Workshops for Educators
Visit the Arts Education Program’s Eventbrite page to register for upcoming professional development workshops for K-12 teachers.


Resources

Arts education offers many connections to resources for professional development offered through universities, school districts, arts companies and organizations of arts professionals. We also highlight links to toolkits, lesson plans, curriculum development and funding to help you strengthen your school arts programs.

To find professional development opportunities happening across the state for educators, access the Arts Education Program’s statewide professional development calendar and the Art Works for Kids statewide professional development workshops calendar.

Click HERE to access “Arts Education for America’s Students: A Shared Endeavor,” a joint statement that asserts the importance of high-quality arts education. The statement urges public policy leaders to provide a systemic and rigorous arts education for all students by leveraging the expertise and experience of multiple partners, including certified arts educators, certified non-arts educators and community arts providers.

Teaching Artist Profiles

The artists on the Teaching Artist Roster represent creative writing,  dance, folk, ethnic and traditional arts,  media arts, music, theatre, storytelling, and visual arts. All artists on this roster have been officially approved by peer panels for artistic and educational excellence, and the Utah Division of Arts and Museums. Visit the teaching artist page to learn more about how to apply.

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Technical Assistance Outreach

Our staff is happy to provide technical assistance to schools and organizations interested in applying for grant funding, developing arts education plans for their sites, identifying potential artists, locating resources, and obtaining guidance on how to inform stakeholders about the importance of arts education. Please call 801.236.7557 to schedule an appointment.

Traveling Exhibitions Program

Traveling exhibitions are a collaborative partnership with Utah museums, colleges, university and community galleries, arts and cultural centers, libraries and schools. These exhibitions are taken on tour around the state with accompanying educational materials. The exhibitions provide public access to quality visual arts, nurture understanding of diverse art forms and cultures, and promote creativity and encourage cultural activities in local communities. Exhibitions are available to schools, colleges, museums, libraries, and community and cultural centers in Utah.

Download an information sheet on the Arts Education program.

Museum Grants

To improve museum best practices through care for and management of collections, exhibition development, and increased public access.
Museums General Operating Support: General operating support grants for museums open more than 1,000 hours per year, and have 2+ years of non-consecutive funding from UA&M. Deadline: January 26, 2018  Guidelines
Museum Project Tier III: Project grants for museums that are open fewer than 1,000 hours per year or are new to our grant program. Open: February 5, 2018  Guidelines
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Utah’s World War I Posters

Keep Him Free by Charles Livingston Bull, artist, Philadelphia: Ketterlinus, 1917

By Charles Livingston Bull, Philadelphia: Ketterlinus, 1917

In April 1917, soon after the United States’ entry into the First World War, President Woodrow Wilson created the Committee on Public Information (CPI). George Creel headed the CPI which existed to unify public opinion in favor of the war and help sell bonds financing its cost.

The CPI issued movie reels, newspaper and magazine articles, pamphlets, exhibits, and short speeches, but found its most effective national media approach to be posters. The country’s top advertising illustrators created some 700 posters, which used simple, emotional imagery and messages to sell the war effort. The CPI distributed the posters throughout the states – the equivalent today of a series of memes gone viral – and the intended cultural impact succeeded.

Meanwhile, Utah and its citizens answered the nation’s call to support the war effort in multiple ways. Thousands of young men enlisted in the military, Utahns purchased millions of dollars of Liberty Bonds, and the production of vital metals and agricultural goods was increased to meet the growing demands of a nation at war.

The Works Progress Administration gathered this collection of original World War I posters in Utah in the 1930s. Through them, we can experience how an “advertising” campaign was used to stir feelings of patriotism, and engage Utahns in the larger national effort.

Resources

2017-2018 Traveling Schedule

Delta Public Library, Delta,Aug 21 – Sep 22

Office Partnership Grants

Office Partnership Grants

The mission of the Utah Division of Arts & Museums is to connect people and communities of Utah through arts and museums. By creating strategic partnerships with Utah-based nonprofit organizations that have complementary missions and resources, Utah Arts & Museums can more efficiently and effectively provide services for Utah art and museum organizations. The purpose of Office Partnership Grants is to leverage funding to provide training, networking, centralized marketing, professional development, technical assistance, model programs, or unique educational resources.

Because these are partnership grants, the grant application must be crafted with a Utah Division of Arts & Museums staff member and must contain mutually agreed upon goals and measurements. If you have questions about the Office Partnership Grant, you may contact the Utah Arts & Museums Grants Manager at 801-236-7550. Follow the links, below, to access the guidelines, the budget form, and the online grant application.

Office Partnerships Guidelines |  Budget Form  |  Online Application

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 | 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 proposals for the Rio & Alice Galleries will be open January 1-February 1, 2018.

2018 Guidelines


 

Statewide Annual 2017: Painting, Sculpture, & Installation

November 17, 2017 – January 12, 2018 | Opening Reception: November 17, 2017 6-9 pm

The Statewide Annual competition and exhibition provides exposure to both emerging and established Utah artists through public display, publicity, awards and publication of catalogs. 2017 features painting, sculpture & installation work and was juried by two distinguished out-of-state jurors, Dr. Jan Schall and Zhi Lin.

 

 

 

 


Questions?

Contact the Rio Gallery Manager
Felicia Baca at 801.245.7272

The Rio Gallery is a member of the

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Museum E3: Explore, Engage, Exchange Program

The Museum E3 program was designed to give museum staff and volunteers complimentary access to their local museums, to have the opportunity to learn and grow as fellow museum professionals in the field. Through the Museum E3 Program, current participating museum staff, volunteers, and docents may receive free, general admission to participating museums during their regular open hours.* This new program is geared towards fostering professional development in our state’s museum staff by having the opportunity to visit museums across the state at no cost.

Museums that apply will be placed on a list maintained by the Utah Division of Arts and Museums and regularly updated and posted to our website. It is the responsibility of participating museums to maintain their contact information and to remove their museum from the list if they no longer wish to participate. The Museum E3 Program is free to join. 

To submit and application, please click the Museum E3 Program application link here.

*Reciprocal privileges may be restricted for special exhibitions or events. Please contact individually participating museums for more information. Museum staff must present badge, business card, or another valid form of identification to the front desk of participating museums. 

 

 

Applications Open for DesignArts Utah ‘17 Exhibit

Design Arts Utah logoSALT LAKE CITY — Utah designers from all fields are encouraged to apply for the annual DesignArts Utah exhibition.

The Utah Division of Arts & Museums’ Design Arts Program will host the 2017 exhibition Sept. 8 through Oct. 20 at the Rio Gallery in Salt Lake City. Applications can be uploaded here. Designers in any field are encouraged to submit their work. Realized, conceptual, or prototype designs are eligible. The deadline for applications is July 10, 2017.

DesignArts Utah celebrates the state’s great designers and provides a valuable platform for viewers to engage with the design community. Partners in this free public exhibition include Salt Lake Design Week and Craft Lake City.

Brooke Hodge, the director of the Palm Springs Art Museum Architecture and Design Center, formerly with the Cooper Hewitt, The Hammer and Los Angeles MOCA, 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 Oct. 20th from 6-9 pm at the Rio Gallery. Admission for the public reception is free.

To learn more about Utah Division of Arts & Museums’ Design Arts program or to view past exhibition catalogs and images, visit visualarts.utah.gov. If you have any questions contact Mackenzie Morton (email or call 801.245.7270) or Jim Glenn (email or call 801.245.7271).

Media Contact:
Josh Loftin
Utah Department of Heritage & Arts
801-245-7205
jloftin@utah.gov

 

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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Details
Wednesday, June 28 – 12:00 – 3:00 PM
Natural History Museum of Utah, Swaner Forum
Free Event


This event is made possible with support from the following organizations: