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A World Transformed: the Transcontinental Railroad and Utah

May 10, 2019 will mark the 150th anniversary of the completion of the first transcontinental railroad at Promontory Summit, Utah. Utahans played a major role in the completion of the railroad through investment, surveying, and labor. Depending on your viewpoint, the railroad changed Utah for both good and ill, but everyone would agree that the railroad brought significant cultural, economic, and environmental changes. Utah became more connected both economically and culturally with the rest of the nation. Eastern goods could be shipped quickly and cheaply to Utah and Utah products had a market with the rest of the nation. The railroad also brought changes at a personal level. A difficult journey of three months from Omaha, Nebraska to Salt Lake City, now took three days. Loved ones separated by the great distances of the continent could be reunited and Mormon converts and missionaries had a much easier and quicker journey to and from Utah.

Utah State University and the Utah State Division of History have partnered to create an exhibit, A World Transformed: the Transcontinental Railroad and Utah, which shares the personal stories of the people who built it and those whose lives were forever changed in both big ways and small. A World Transformed is a smaller version of an exhibit that will be displayed from February to June 2019 in the Utah State Capitol. It draws upon the many rich historical resources held by different institutions across Utah including photographs, maps, art, and lithographs.  It consists of six stand-alone banners.

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2018-2019 Traveling Schedule

Tooele Junior High, Mar 13 – Apr 15, 2018
Western Mining and Railroad Museum, Helper, Apr 25 – May 30

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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2018-2019 Traveling Schedule

Grantsville Junior High, Aug 30 – Oct 1
Summit County Library, Park City, Oct 1 – Nov 5
Grand County Library, Moab, Nov 6 – Dec 4
Uintah County Heritage Museum, Vernal, Jan 4 – Feb 5, 2019
Old Dome Meeting Hall, Riverton, Feb 6 – Mar 6
Orem Public Library, Mar 6 – Apr 3
Frontier Homestead State Park Museum, Cedar City, Apr 3 – May 13

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

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 Proposal Guidelines

Exhibition proposals will be accepted August 1 – September 3, 2018
**Due to special projects only the Alice Gallery will be accepting submissions in 2019**

 


July 13 – August 31, 2018

Gallery Stroll Opening Reception July 20, 2018, 6-9pm 

postmodernposh is a response to the #mainstream art scene where the art world has become more consumer-based and art is seen more as a luxury than anything else. Nolan Flynn and Mitchell Lee, the two #artists in this exhibition both carry approaches in their #artwork that antagonize this idea of #art.

Nolan Flynn’s #abstract #paintings are created one mark at a time, with each mark a reaction to the last. Flynn creates intrigue in his work by building up and removing layers of #paint with classical methods of oil paint additions, and atypical paint masking methods. Each layer has a different application, in many ways painting with no plan embracing the unknown which becomes interlinked within the framework. His creation process derails his audience making it almost impossible to track how each #painting was made. This method questions the seriousness of #painting while promoting a playful nature.

Mitchell Lee’s #portraits question the value of significance. He acknowledges the concepts of immortality and flattery that are associated with #classicalportraiture and challenges those ideas by creating #work on non-pristine #painting surfaces made from found-objects.

Flynn’s playful #abstractpaintings oppose Lee’s labored #portraits, but the two have collaboratively #curated a collection of their own work both in two and three-dimensional space with a thoughtful installation practice. The provided work challenges the transition away from the typical, white-cube gallery space, and the hierarchy of the #artworld with a #concurrent critique of the #mainstream #artscene.

 


Upcoming Exhibitions

Design Arts ’18  September 7 – October 19

Statewide Annual: Craft, Photography, and Video/Digital November 16 – January 11

Questions?

Contact the Rio Gallery Manager
Felicia Baca at 801.245.7272

The Rio Gallery is a member of the

Salt Lake Gallery Stroll Logo

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

2018-2019 Traveling Schedule

Boulder Community Center, Aug 6 – Sept 18
Provo High School, Oct 5 – Nov 6
Blue Peak High School, Tooele, Nov 7 – Dec 5
Gallery East, USU Eastern, Price, Feb 4 – Mar 11, 2019
USU Merrill-Cazier Library, Logan Apr 22 – May 24

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

2018-2019 Traveling Schedule

Lucy A. Phillips Library, Snow College, Ephraim, Aug 20 – Sep 21
North Sanpete High School, Mt. Pleasant, Sep 21 – Oct 23
Middle Canyon Elementary, Tooele, Oct 23 – Nov 19
Early Light Academy, Daybreak, Nov 19 – Dec 19
Boulder Community Center, Dec 19 – Jan 31, 2019
Red Mountain Elementary, St. George, Feb 1 – Mar 1
Uintah County Heritage Museum, Vernal Mar 4 – Apr 2
Duchesne Library, Apr 2 – Apr 30
Grantsville Library, May 8 – June 12

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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2018-2019 Traveling Schedule

Canyon Community Center, Springdale, Aug 7 – Sep 18
Weber State University Library, Ogden, Dec 17 – Mar 8, 2019
Granstville Public Library, Mar 12 – Apr 15

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

2018-2019 Traveling Schedule

Valley High School, South Jordan, Jan 7 – Feb 4, 2018

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.

Notice: The Glendinning Mansion is currently undergoing exterior and landscape renovations due for completion in late September. The Alice Gallery is open, but parking is limited in the north lot. Visitors should access the gallery through the north door via the sidewalk. 

Past Exhibitions

Tuesday – Friday 10 am – 4 pm | Closed Saturday & Sunday
617 East South Temple SLC, UT 84102
Free and open to the public
Gallery Phone: 801-236-7555

Exhibition Proposal Guidelines

Exhibition proposals will be accepted August 1 – September 3, 2018
**Due to special projects only the Alice Gallery will be accepting submissions in 2019**


July 13 – September 7, 2018

Recent is an exhibition of works that highlights acquisitions into the State of Utah Alice Merrill Horne Art Collection from the past five years.

Artists include Anna Campbell Bliss, Pam Bowman, Al Denyer, Shane Deeter, Cara Despain, McGarren Flack, Robert Maryboy, Megan Gibbons, Juan Harrison, Ranch Kimball, Ralph H. Schofield, Suzanne Simpson, and Florence Ware, among others. These works have yet to be shown in public venues since their acquisition. They range from the 1930s to present day and include paintings, sculptures, and mixed media works.

Utah is home to the first state-funded arts council in the nation, founded in 1898 and now known as the Utah Division of Arts & Museums. State Rep. Alice Merrill Horne founded the agency based on visual art collecting, exhibitions, and educational programs. Since that time, the state has continued to acquire artworks with the goal of supporting the careers of Utah artists and building a collection of the state’s artistic heritage. The Fine Art Collection now includes over 1,400 works of art in addition to actively maintained Public Art and Folk Art collections. This collection can be searched online at visualarts.utah.gov

 


Upcoming Exhibitions

Jan Andrews and Trent Alvey September 14 – November 2

Virginia Catherall and Kelly Baisley November 9 – January 11

 

Questions?

Contact the Gallery Manager
Felicia Baca at 801.245.7272

The Alice Gallery is a member of the

Salt Lake Gallery Stroll Logo

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.