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A World Transformed: the Transcontinental Railroad and Utah

Curving Iron 333, Ten Mile Canyon, Courtesy of the Department of Special Collections, Stanford Libraries

Curving Iron 333, Ten Mile Canyon, Courtesy of the Department of Special Collections, Stanford Libraries

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

 


September 10 – October 19, 2018

Gallery Stroll Opening Reception September 21, 2018, 6-9pm 

DesignArts Utah ’18 honors and celebrates some of Utah’s best designers and provides an opportunity for gallery visitors see the talent of Utah’s design community.

The juror for DesignArts Utah ’18 is Christine Gaspar, the Executive Director of the Center for Urban Pedagogy (CUP), a New York-based nonprofit whose mission is to use the power of design and art to increase meaningful civic engagement.

Ms Gaspar, selected design work by AJC Architects, Benjamin Evjen, Benjamin Grove, Camrie Dance, Epicenter, Esther Ly, Jorge Ruegemer, Lucy Allen, McCall Keller and Mayra Payne.

Ms Gaspar awarded the $3,000 juror’s award winner in the professional category to Ben Evjen for his “Allay Series.” The two $500 student juror’s awards were awarded to Camrie Dance for her graphic design re-work for “Tatler Magazine” and “Hype Machine”, and McCall Keller for his graphic design re-brand for “Koda Farms.”

The Design Arts Program of the Utah Division of Arts & Museums sponsors DesignArts Utah annually with an exhibition featuring designs, prototypes, and produced samples by designers in Utah’s various design fields. The Design Arts Program is partnering with Craft Lake City again this year in the promotion and support of Utah design and designers.

We are proud to partner with Salt Lake Gallery Stroll and Craft Lake City.


Upcoming Exhibitions

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

Utah’s 15 January 18 – March 8

Questions?

Contact the Rio Gallery Manager
Felicia Baca at 801.245.7272

The Rio Gallery is a member of the

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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

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.

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


September 14 – November 2, 2018
Gallery Stroll Artist Reception: October 19 from 6-9 pm

The Utah Division of Arts & Museums presents On the Border of Realism September 14 through November 2, 2018, at the Alice Gallery. A Gallery Stroll artist reception will be held on October 19 from 6pm to 9pm. The Alice Gallery is located at the historic Glendinning Mansion at 617 East South Temple in Salt Lake City and is free and open to the public Tuesday through Friday 10am to 4pm.

On the Border of Realism features the artwork of Jan Andrews and Trent Alvey. These artists are inspired by capturing the transitory moments of everyday life, the movement of light, and the impressions these illuminated scenes leave on the senses. Both use photography as their medium, but use different subject matter for inspiration.  Alvey photographs water mixing with paint in a paint tray, while Andrews photographs flowers through hazy greenhouse windows.

Alvey says she watches the movement of grass, clouds, light, water—non-linear occurrences—that come into existence only for a moment because they are as transparent as any emotion or fleeting thought that passes through our mind every day.

For this collection Alvey explains, “Water is the medium that is most important as it finds its way to low places.” This is her favorite way to observe, having no notion of what may occur or where or even the expectation that something will occur and if it does will she even notice.

Andrews explains the visual arts, particularly photography, is dependent upon the movements of particles of light to illuminate the object or the scene which is then impressed upon the senses then conveyed and lodged for contemplation.

In these photographs Andrews attempts to make visible the interior of a greenhouse and the almost indistinguishable plants as seen through the hazy glass windows in late afternoon. Andrew says, “The images of the flowers inside are illuminated as merely imprints or shadows of their original shapes and colors.”

 


Upcoming Exhibitions

Virginia Catherall and Kelly Baisley November 9 – January 11

Selected works from the State of Utah Art Collection January 18 – March 1

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.