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Chase Home Museum of Utah Folk Arts

am_location_chase_200pxThe 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 offering 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.

Group tours available by appointment on Wednesdays. Click here to schedule a time.


The Native Folk Arts Gallery contains objects made by members of Utah’s resident tribes (Goshute, Navajo, Paiute, Shoshone and Ute) and by American Indians from out-of-state tribes who live in Utah. The gallery features beautiful beadwork, basketry, musical instruments, toys and rugs regularly made by Utah artists for use within their communities or for sale to collectors.

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Native Folk Arts Gallery

Traditional art from a number of Utah’s ethnic and immigrant communities is featured in the Ethnic Folk Arts Gallery. Displays range from Japanese origami and Chinese paper cuts to Polynesian quilts. Objects are typically crafted for use at community celebrations or to decorate the home, reinforcing ethnic heritage and identity.

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Ethnic Folk Arts Gallery

Stonecarving, hand-forged tools and horseshoes, saddles and cowboy gear made from braided rawhide and hitched horsehair are featured in the Occupational Folk Arts Gallery. Artists have learned these traditional skills from family members or co-workers and they produce objects that are functional, beautiful and very much like the work that has been produced by traditional craftsmen for centuries.

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Occupational Folk Arts Gallery

Workshop Space and 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.

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.

Folk Art Collection

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: 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Saturday-Monday: Closed

Memorial Day-Labor Day (Summer Hours):

Tuesday: 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Wednesday: 11:00 AM – 8:00 PM

Thursday-Saturday:11:00 AM – 4:00 PM 

Sunday-Monday: Closed

Chase Home Museum Map

Questions?

Call 801.533.5760

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Mondays in the Park

am_events_mip_balletfolkorico_11Free concerts of folk and ethnic music and dance are presented selected Monday evenings in July and August. Performances are held starting at 7:00 p.m. in front of the Chase Home Museum in the middle of Liberty Park (enter from 900 South or 1300 South at about 600 East in Salt Lake City). Beginning in 1987, Mondays in the Park has featured performances from various cultural communities in Utah.

Local traditional craft artists also participate and display their work for audience enjoyment and to enrich the performances. Bring your lawn chairs, blankets, picnics, family and friends of all ages for these fun, free outdoor concerts.

Mondays in the Park is presented in partnership with Excellence in the Community.

Check out our photo gallery of past Mondays in the Park concerts HERE.

2016 Schedule (subject to change)

July 11

Rio Bravo Conjunto – Tex-Mex Music

July 18

Mensajeros del Tiempo – Music of Argentina, Uruguay, and Paraguay

Chaskis – Andean Folk and Dance Music

August 1

Anabil Chaudhuri and Friends – Indian Classical Music

Kargi Kala Kendra – Indian Classical Dance

Karpaty Dance Ensemble – Polish and Ukrainian Dance

August 8 

Sounds of Japan Ensemble – Japanese Folk and Classical Music

Nino Reyos & Two Shields Dance Troupe – Native American Pow Wow Music and Dance

August 15

Cross Strung – Celtic and Bluegrass Music with Irish Step Dancers

August 22

Soulful Expressions – Traditional Gospel and Soul Music

August 29

Tablado Dance Company – Flamenco

Brazilian Roots – Samba Music

Directions and Parking

Mondays in the Park is presented on the front porch of the Chase Home Museum of Utah Folk Arts, located in the middle of Salt Lake City’s Liberty Park. Gated entrances to the park are located at 600 East on 900 South and 1300 South.

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Free parking is available inside the gates along the perimeter of the park, as well as on the side streets surrounding the park grounds.

Public Transportation Options

Use the UTA’s Trip Planner to get to Mondays in the Park. UTA bus routes 9, 205, 307, and 320 all pass within one or two blocks of Liberty Park. Click here to view UTA’s system map.

Information

For more information on the Mondays in the Park Concert Series, contact Adrienne Decker via email or at 801.245.7286.

Traveling Exhibitions

Traveling exhibitions are curated as a collaborative partnership with local artists, arts organizations and institutions. Utah museums, colleges, university and community galleries, arts and cultural centers, libraries and schools all register for the exhibitions annually. These exhibits and their accompanying educational materials provide public access to quality visual art, nurture understanding of diverse art forms and cultures, promote creativity and encourage cultural activities in local communities.

Registration

Registration is now closed for the 2016-2017 season. Registration for the 2017-2018 season will begin May 1, 2017.

If you have questions contact Fletcher Booth, fbooth@utah.gov 801-824-9177

Exhibitions

If you would like to see where these exhibits will be traveling, simply click on the exhibit title below for a schedule. Our exhibits are available to schools, colleges, museums, libraries and cultural centers in Utah. Select the exhibition below for more information. 

Returning Exhibitions

New for 2016-17

If you would like to participate in TEP and are part of a school, library or other potential TEP sponsoring institution, please read our requirements:

Please note that the exhibit(s) you select may or may not be the exhibit(s) awarded to your institution. We look forward to receiving your registration and working with you to maintain a visual arts presence in Utah schools and libraries in the years to come.

This program is supported in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, Washington, D.C., and by programming funds from the Utah Division of Arts & Museums.

TEP in the News!

Read how the State Fair Exhibition has made an impact on the students at Hobble Creek Elementary…CLICK HERE.

Did You Host an Exhibition?

If you hosted an exhibition during the 2016-2017 TEP season, please take a few minutes to share your feedback by clicking here to take our survey.

Questions?

Fletcher Booth, TEP Coordinator – 801.824.9177

Mountain West Arts Conference 2015 Archive

2015 Conference Photos

Click on the image below to see an album of photos from the 2015 conference. 

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Utah Arts & Museums Facebook Photos


2015 Post-Conference Resources

State of the Arts Morning Presentation

Awake in the Arts: Mindfulness, Wisdom & Compassion – Dennise Gackstetter

Awake in the Arts Handout

New Models for Funding – Fraser Nelson

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Instructions for Receiving Feedback Handout

Volunteers: How to Keep Them Coming Back for More! – LaDawn Stoddard

Presentation

Volunteer Motivation Handout

Using Futures Thinking to Navigate Ongoing Change – Lisa Ericksen

Presentation

Foresight Handout

The Creative Age: Flourishing Across the Spectrum of Aging – Ken Crossley, Greg Finch

Presentation

A Close-Up Look at Design in Everyday ___ Experience – Robin Peng

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Low & No-Cost Tools to Maximize Your Marketing – Sara Kelly Neal

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Thank you to our 2015 conference sponsors:


Support for student and educator scholarships
Support for individual artist scholarships

 2015 Governor’s Leadership in the Arts Awards

The 2015 Governor’s Leadership in the Arts Awards recipients were honored on May 7, 2015 in conjunction with the Mountain West Arts Conference. The awards were presented by Julie Fisher, Executive Director of the Department of Heritage and Arts.

Governor Gary R. Herbert sent his congratulations to the 2015 recipients in a video message.

Out of Line: Geometric Explorations in Utah

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Plan-C by Bonnie Phillips, watercolor on satin, 40″ x 40″

Out of Line: Geometric Explorations in Utah exhibition explores the colliding influences of multiple national and international art movements on Utah artists in the late 20th century. Many of the works in this exhibition can be described by or fit into one or more artistic periods, including: geometric abstraction, abstract expressionism, formalism, color field painting, modernism, and others. The result is an exhibition that gives audiences the opportunity to explore what these artistic movements mean when the delineations between them become muddled, and when an artist’s body of work evolves over time to combine these interconnected aesthetics.

Included in Out of Line are works that explore the interplay between abstraction and iconography, formalist and symbolic geometry, and expressive abstraction and rigid structure. In some cases, sparse but calculated compositions balance simple geometric shapes with repeating patterns or saturated backgrounds. In other works, the emotive and loose structure of expressionism meets playful color palettes and clearly emerging repetitions which call upon the traditions of modernism and abstraction simultaneously. What emerges is a collection of works which represent Utah artists fusing together the vocabulary of multiple influences during the same period, to create an intriguing genre of art which addresses competing ideologies and principles of art concurrently.

Out of Line incorporates the work of many prominent artists, including Karl Momen, Edie Roberson, Bonnie Phillips, Wulf Barsch, Susan Carroll, and Wayne Kimball. It represents a selection from the State of Utah’s Fine Art Collection, which began in 1899, and works to support the careers of Utah artists today.

Resources

2016-2017 Traveling Schedule

Wasatch Elementary, Salt Lake City, August 24 – September 22
Syracuse High School, Syracuse, September 29 – October 27
Orem Public Library, Orem, November 7 – December 19
Valley High School, West Valley, January 9 – February 6, 2017
Western Heritage Museum, Vernal, February 13 – March 27
Discovery Gateway Children’s Museum, Salt Lake City, May 12 – June 21

Art-o-mat

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Art-o-mat creator Clark Whittington helps an art lover make a purchase.

Utah Arts & Museums introduces Utah’s first Art-o-mat, a cigarette vending machine that has been transformed to sell small pieces of art. Purchased in April 2014, this Art-o-mat is the creation of Artists in Cellophane (AIC), an organization based in North Carolina that encourages “art consumption by combining the worlds of art and commerce in an innovative form.” AIC believes art should be progressive, yet personal and approachable.

There are currently 100 active machines in various locations around the country. Utah Arts & Museum’s model will be housed primarily at the Rio Gallery in the Rio Grande Depot for 12 months while it’s under an exclusivity contract. After that, it will be leased to other organizations in Utah on a first-come, first-served basis.

At the Art-o-mat’s Utah debut at the Mountain West Arts Conference, 46 conference-goers fed the machine a five-dollar bill for a cigarette box-sized work of art. Utah’s machine holds work by 11 artists. Each artist includes a brief description of what’s inside, such as “earrings with a twist” or “alcohol ink painting,” and the works are as varied as you might imagine: tiny robots with movable arms and legs, barcode flip books, painted ceramic tiles, earrings, small paintings, and more.

There are approximately 400 contributing artists from 10 countries currently involved in the Art-o-mat project, and AIC says it is always searching for fresh work. Artists are asked to submit their art for review, and if they’re chosen, Art-o-mat pays them to create work that will then be distributed to machines all over the country. Each piece includes a small paper with contact information and details about the artist. Utah Arts & Museums hopes Utah artists will participate so that local talent can be represented in the project.

To learn more about Art-o-mat, visit www.artomat.org.

Southern Paiute: A Portrait

"Madelan Redfoot at Her Home with Her Parents" by Michael Plyler

“Madelan Redfoot at Her Home with Her Parents” by Michael Plyler

In 2000, Michael Plyler and Logan Hebner began to photograph and interview Southern Paiute elders from throughout their homelands in the Great Basin, Colorado Plateau and Mojave Desert. This exhibition celebrates the lives of 13 of these elders. Their book, Southern Paiute: A Portrait, features more than 30 such interviews and portraits, representing every tribe and band from throughout the confederation in Arizona, Utah, Nevada and California.

Hebner began writing about the Southern Paiute in 1990, when the Kaibab Band on the Arizona Strip turned down hundreds of millions of dollars by refusing to allow a hazardous waste incinerator on their reservation. Impressed by their decision, he asked to see interviews with different elders. The fact that they didn’t exist was the genesis for this project.

The idea for the interviews was simple: just ask about their lives and what they thought was important. The resulting stories act as individual biographies, but together they form a collage of these people, reaching deep into their archaic past.

Although their homeland — containing 16 national parks and monuments — is now appreciated for its beauty, until recently their deserts were considered useless, and the Southern Paiute culture survived in isolated, ignored pockets in these American deserts. As late as 1918 the San Juan Paiute still lived their ancient migration between Douglas Mesa and Allen Canyon in southeast Utah. These elders often told stories, heard from their grandparents, from before white people came into their country. Some stories reveal for the first time their perspective on controversial events such as the massacres at Mountain Meadows and Circleville, and have added to our understanding of these tragedies.

Together these portraits and interviews paint a compelling picture of the depth of their shared history with each other and their lands, the challenges they face today and how very different their lives and culture were just one or two generations ago.

Resources

2016-2017 Traveling Schedule

No exhibits are currently scheduled.

Design Arts Utah

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Design is the creative beginning of any human-initiated arrangement of materials. The work of designers surrounds us: the clothes we wear, the products we use, and the buildings where we live and work are just a few examples.

This exhibition samples some of the best designs from the past 11 years of Design Arts Utah exhibitions. The Design Arts Program and these yearly exhibitions held in Salt Lake City feature the best of Utah designers selected by jurors from all over the United States. Design concepts and objects included in this exhibition vary from toys to modes of transportation to building design. This exhibition demonstrates the work and the importance of design to our everyday experience.

Resources

2016-2017 Traveling Schedule

No events scheduled

America in the ’30’s: Prints from the Federal Art Project

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“All Created Equal” by Marjorie Eakin, lithograph, ca. 1935

The prints selected for this exhibit are by artists associated with the California division of the Works Progress Administration (WPA). The WPA was created in 1935 to provide employment, encouragement, and, in part, support for American artists during the Great Depression. A major success of the program was in bringing the language of arts to remote areas of the United States. The project is also credited with initiating graphic arts workshops and commissions for printmakers throughout the nation and sponsoring the production of some 95,000 prints. This printmaking initiative made it possible for artists to produce high-quality multiple versions of their originals. Much of the work produced was democratic in nature and in theme, consistent with the Federal Art Project goals. This exhibition of prints by California artists includes strong images that help the contemporary viewer understand day-to-day life during the Great Depression in the western United States. Among the pieces are examples of both lithography and wood engraving techniques.

Resources

2016-2017 Traveling Schedule

Grantsville Elementary, September 26 – October 24, 2016
Stansbury Elementary February 15 – March 15, 2017
Lomond View Elementary, Pleasant View, March 23 – April 27, 2017

Out of Print

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“Stand of Trees” by Connie Borup

“Out of Print” represents 25 of Utah’s finest professional artists using the medium of printmaking to create lithographic, intaglio, and relief prints. Printmaking is a fine art using varied techniques and materials to produce multiple “original” works of art. Each piece is considered an original, since it is not a reproduction of another work of art, and is technically known as an impression. Works printed from a single plate create an edition; most are signed and numbered to form a limited edition.

The exhibit artists represent a breadth of schools, ranging from the super-realism of Edie Roberson to the Mormon Art and Belief movement of Doug Himes. Lee Deffenbach and Tony Smith studied at the Arts Students League in New York City, and Deffenbach studied in Florence on a Fulbright scholarship. Wulf Eric Barsch received the Prix de Rome from the American Academy in Rome in 1975. The work of Paul H. Davis has been featured at the Corcoran Gallery in Washington, D.C. and the Amerika Haus in Hamburg, Germany. Portrayed in a Life magazine article as a prominent American artist, Doug Snow’s work hangs in collections throughout the United States, including those of the Museums of Modern Art in New York and San Francisco.

Resources

2016-2017 Traveling Schedule

Wasatch Public Library, Heber City, May 8 – June 9, 2017