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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.

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2017-2018 Traveling Schedule

Delta Public Library, Delta,Aug 21 – Sep 22

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


 

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

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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

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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
Dugway Schools, Dugway, Feb 6 – Feb 28
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

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 ExhibitionsUpcoming Exhibitions

Tuesday – Friday 10 am – 4 pm | Closed Saturday & Sunday
617 East South Temple SLC, UT 84102
Free and open to the public

The Alice Gallery will be closed November 23rd for the Thanksgiving Holiday.
We will be open Friday, November 24th


Artist/Dad

November 17, 2017 – January 12, 2018
Artist Reception during Gallery Stroll: December 1, 2017 | 6 – 9 pm 

Ten 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.

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 twenty-three years ago. Barney says that, “Fatherhood is a complex concept that does not directly correlate with painting, but these works are artistic impulses of that moment,”

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: Fidalis Beuhler, Jeffrey Hale, Jorge Rojas, Colby Sanford, Steven Stradley, Duston Todd, and Clinton Whiting.


 

Questions?

Contact the Gallery Manager
Felicia Baca at 801.245.7272

The Alice Gallery is a member of the

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A Different Perspective on Landscape Painting at Rio Gallery

adam_leviUtah Arts & Museums presents En Plein Air: Levi Jackson & Adam Bateman, an exhibition on display at the Rio Gallery from Jan 20th – March 10th, 2017. An artist’s reception will be held on January 20th from 6-9 p.m. for Gallery Stroll.

Adam Bateman and Levi Jackson, in collaboration, have made 60 paintings en plein air as a performative act, returning them to their forgotten foundation in the western landscape. Having both grown up and lived in rural areas of the West, both Jackson and Bateman kicked against the tradition of landscape painting as the defining characteristic of western art’s historical significance and culture. For this exhibition they have traveled headfirst into seeing the landscape through painting’s eyes.

The Rio Gallery is located inside the Rio Grande Depot at 300 S. Rio Grande Street, Salt Lake City. Gallery hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Additionally, the Rio Gallery is open during the Winter Market at the Rio Grande Depot. The Winter Market hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Jan. 28, Feb. 11, and Feb. 25. Vendors sell local artisan goods, foods, and crafts, and the market also includes food trucks.

Governor’s Leadership in the Arts Awards

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Leadership in the Arts Awardee Delora Bertelsen accepts her award from Utah First Lady Jeanette Herbert in 2010.

The Governor’s Awards in the Arts were established in 1980 to recognize individuals and organizations that make outstanding contributions to the cultural life of Utah.

In 2007, the awards adapted to honor those who have demonstrated exemplary leadership in the arts. Today, the Governor’s Leadership in the Arts 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.


2017 Governor’s Leadership in the Arts Awards – Recipients Announced

The Governor’s Leadership in the Arts Awards recipients were honored on May 4, 2017 in conjunction with the Mountain West Arts Conference

We wish congratulations to these great arts leaders!

Organization Leadership in the Arts Award

Presented to Southern Utah University
Award Accepted by President Scott L Wyatt

Education Leadership in the Arts Award

Presented to Noemi Veronica Hernandez-Balcazar

Local Arts Agency Leadership in the Arts Awards

Presented to Murray City Cultural Arts under the leadership of Mary Ann Kirk

Individual Leadership in the Arts Award

Presented to Emma Dugal

 


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


Past Award Recipients

Governor’s Leadership in the Arts Awards

2016 Utah Arts Festival
Organization Leadership in the Arts Award
James Rees
Education Leadership in the Arts Award
Zion Canyon Arts & Humanities Council
Local Arts Agency Leadership in the Arts Award
Dr. Craig Jessop
Individual Leadership in the Arts Award
2015 Plan-B Theatre Company
Organization Leadership in the Arts Award
Carrie Trenholm
Education Leadership in the Arts Award
Epicenter
Local Arts Agency Leadership in the Arts Award
Kathy Cieslewicz
Individual Leadership in the Arts Award
2014 City of St. George, Mayor Jon Pike
Community Leadership in the Arts Award
Spy Hop Productions
Education Leadership in the Arts Award
Timpanogos Storytelling Institute
Organization Leadership in the Arts Award
Shirley Ririe
Individual Leadership in the Arts Award
2013 Gunnison City, Mayor Lori Nay
Community Leadership in the Arts Award
Kim Schaefer
Education Leadership in the Arts Award
Patricia A. Richards
Volunteer Leadership in the Arts Award
Wally Bloss
Individual Leadership in the Arts Award
2012 City of Ogden,
Mayor Mike Caldwell 

Community Leadership in the Arts Award
Chris Roberts
Education Leadership in the Arts Award
Artspace
Organization Leadership in the Arts Award
Teri Orr
Individual Leadership in the Arts Award
2011 City of Kanab,
Mayor Nina Laycook 

Community Leadership in the Arts Award
K. Newell Dayley
Education Leadership in the Arts Award
Utah Shakespeare Festival
Organization Leadership in the Arts Award
A. Scott Anderson
Individual Leadership in the Arts Award
2010 Sandy City,
Mayor Tom Dolan

Community Leadership in the Arts Award
Rachel Wheeler
Education Leadership in the Arts Award
India Cultural
Center of Utah

Organization Leadership in the Arts Award
Delora Bertelsen
Individual Leadership in the Arts Award
2009 Layton City,
Mayor Steve Curtis

Community Leadership in the Arts Award
Alice Perreault, Kindred Spirits 
Support of Children Through the Arts Award
Neighborworks Salt Lake, Maria Garciaz
Organization Leadership in the Arts Award
Anne Cullimore Decker
Individual Merit Leadership in the Arts Award 
2008 Gail Bunker
Community Leadership Award
Ferron Holt
Arts Education Leadership Award
Representative Greg Hughes
Legislative Leadership Award
Ruth Draper
Lifetime Leadership Award
2007 Representative Sheryl Allen
Public Leadership in the Arts Award
Beverley Taylor Sorenson
Support of Children Through Arts Education Award
Mayor Dave Sakrison
Local Elected Official Award
Kaziah Hancock
Humanitarian Award for Compassion Through the Arts

Governor’s Awards in the Arts Recipients, 1980 to 2003