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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 is now open for the 2016-2017 season. Registration is open from May 1 – 31, 2016. Exhibits will be scheduled for August 2016 to June 2017. Shows are booked on a first-come, first-served basis.


If you have questions or problems with the form contact Fletcher Booth, 801-824-9177

Registration for the 2017-20187 season will begin May 1, 2017.


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 2015-2016 TEP season, please take a few minutes to share your feedback by clicking here to take our survey.


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



Instructions for Receiving Feedback Handout

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


Volunteer Motivation Handout

Using Futures Thinking to Navigate Ongoing Change – Lisa Ericksen


Foresight Handout

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


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


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


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

Plan-C by Bonnie Phillips

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.


2015-2016 Traveling Schedule

Weber State University Library, Ogden, Aug 25 – Sep 25
Southern Utah University Library, Cedar City, Sep 29 – Oct 26
North Lake Elementary, Tooele, Nov 11 – Nov 30
Gallery East, USU, Price Jan 7 – Feb 8
Covey Center for the Arts, Provo, Mar 1 – Apr 1
Duchesne Public Library, Apr 7 – May 10




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

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.


2015-2016 Traveling Schedule

No exhibits are currently scheduled.

Design Arts Utah


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.


2015-2016 Traveling Schedule

Stewart Library, Weber State University, Ogden, September25 – December 17, 2015
Sunrise Ridge Intermediate School, St. George, March 3 – April 4, 2016
Merrill-Cazier Library, Utah State University, Logan, April 12 – May 23, 2016

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


“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.


2015-2016 Traveling Schedule

Duchesne County Library, Duchesne, September 22 – October 21, 2015
Provo High School, November 3 – December 3, 2015
Western Heritage Museum, Vernal, February 2 – February 29, 2016
Tooele Junior High School, March 2 – March 31. 2016
Wastach County Library, Heber City, April 4 – May 10, 2016

Out of Print


“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.


2015-2016 Traveling Schedule

North Sanpete High School, Mt. Pleasant 11/3 – 12/3
Grand County Library, Moab 1/28 – 3/21
Summit County Library, Park City 3/23 – 4/27

Arts Day on the Hill

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Join us for the fifth annual Arts Day on the Hill on February 9, 2016. Patrons and leaders of the arts and humanities will meet and talk with their state senators and representatives in the Capitol Rotunda. Be among the arts-interested individuals and organizations that will gather to celebrate the arts and meet with their state representatives. Contact David Wicai at 801-236-7547 for more information.

We encourage you to reach out to your legislators now and introduce yourself before the session begins. Let them know you’ll be coming to the Capitol on February 9th and you hope to meet with them. Click here to find your legislator.

Helpful Resources

Why Are the Arts Important?

Here’s a video from Arts Day 2014…


Arts & Museums Things to Do


Mondays in the Park

The Mondays in the Park concert series, produced in partnership with am_events_mip_balletfolkorico_11Excellence in the Community, is a free concert held on Monday evenings in July and August at 7 p.m. at the Chase Home Museum in Salt Lake City’s Liberty Park.



 Arts Day on the Hill

Join Art Works for Kids! and the Utah Arts Council Board of Directors for Museum Day at the LegislatureArts Day on the Hill, where patrons of the arts meet and talk with their state senators and representatives in the Capitol Rotunda. Be among the arts-interested individuals and organizations that will gather to celebrate the arts and meet with their state representatives.

Museums Advocacy Day at the Legislature

Join the Utah Museums Association and Office of Museum Services Board for Museums Advocacy Day at the Legislature. It is an excellent day for participating museums to present displays that reflect the number and diversity of museums in Utah and have the opportunity to connect with their elected officials.


 Mountain West Arts Conference


The Mountain West Arts Conference is designed to help individuals and organizations in thearts community access essential resources and create community connections throughout Utah and the Mountain West. It is also part of a long-term effort to sustain the creative industry by providing opportunities, education, tools, information and resources that serve all contributors to the arts.

Governor’s Leadership in the Arts Awards

The Governor’s Leadership in the Arts Awards are presented annually in conjunction with the Mountain West Arts Conference. The 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.


We maintain and operate three exhibition spaces:

Alice Gallery
Glendinning Home, 617 East South Temple, Salt Lake City map
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Monday – Friday; Closed Saturday – Sunday

Rio Gallery
Rio Grande Depot, 300 South Rio Grande Street (455 West), Salt Lake City map
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Monday – Friday; Closed Saturday – Sunday

Chase Home Museum of Utah Folk Arts
600 East 1100 South, Salt Lake City’s Liberty Park map
Hours vary depending on time of year. Click link above for information.

Traveling Exhibitions

Traveling Exhibitions are curated and 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. By traveling these exhibits around the State and the use of the accompanying educational materials, the exhibits provide public access to quality visual art, nurture understanding of diverse art forms and cultures, promote creativity and encourage cultural activities in local communities.

Art Collections

We maintain several collections for the people of Utah. To see all of the collections, please visit our Digital Collections database:

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