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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

 


November 16, 2018 – January 11, 2019

Gallery Stroll Opening Reception November 16, 2018, 6-9pm 

Utah ’18: Craft, Photography, & Video/Digital had a record number of entries for this media category. 239 artists, along with over 440 works of art, arrived at the Rio Gallery in the historic Rio Grande Depot. We received entries from over 50 cities all over Utah: Eden, Cedar City, Ephraim, La Sal, Moab, Logan, Ogden, Toquerville, Vernal, Huntsville, Ivins, Payson, St. George, and throughout the Wasatch Front. Jurors selected 48 artists for exhibition.

Artists include: Paul Adams, Carole Alden, Kristin Baird, Serge Ballif, Edward Bateman, Chelsey Blackman-Bray, Amanda Brungardt, Laurel Caryn, Virginia Catherall, Emily Comstock, Lewis Crawford, Juule De Haan, Jane DeGroff, Sadie Dodson, Ethan Edwards, Reid Elem, Trisha Empey, Daniel Everett, Daniel George, Jethro Gillespie, Mary Z. Hutchings, David Hyams, Levi Jackson, Mary Ann Jacobs, Etsuko Kato, Megan Knobloch Geilman, Mary Lambert, Tatiana Larsen, Mitchell Lee, Jiyoun Lee-Lodge, Christopher Lynn, Anna Laurie Mackay, Juanita Marshall, Kylie Millward, Alison Neville, Nancy Nielsen, Burkley Page, John Rees, Nancy Rivera, Sarah Sanchez, James Talbot, Karl Tippets, Rachel Van Wagoner, Jen Watson, Peter Wiarda, Wendy Wischer, Rebecca Woolston, Jaclyn Wright


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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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


November 9, 2018-January 11, 2019, 2018
Gallery Stroll Artist Reception: December 7 from 6-9 pm

The Utah Division of Arts & Museums presents Sense of Place, Great Salt Lake November 9, 2018 through January 11, 2019, at the Alice Gallery. A Gallery Stroll artist reception will be held on December 7 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.

Sense of Place, Great Salt Lake depicts the landscape around the Great Salt Lake, which over time transforms not only its geography but also the people who interact with it. Artists Kelly Baisley and Virginia Catherall explore this rugged and transformational landscape through different mediums, photography and textiles, but with similar attention to the visual elements that make up the fluctuating lake.

Kelly Baisley’s photographs focus on a close look at the land, sometimes abstract and intangible, sometimes more broad and sweeping. The landscape becomes a layered document of changing seasons, times, and weather. Baisley’s photographs also document an expansion in her artistic focus and style. Through her explorations of Great Salt Lake she records moments, altering how she experiences landscape and nature.

Virginia Catherall’s textiles reflect intimate experiences with Great Salt Lake. Sometimes wearable art and sometimes unwearable sculptures, Catherall’s fiber art reflects the transformative nature of the lake through texture and color. Her familiarity with this saline environment belies the surprise that each work of fiber art gives to the viewer or the wearer, capturing the essence of an element of the lake for others to take part in, and ultimately being changed by the experience.

Throughout this collaboration, Baisley and Catherall inspired and informed each other’s work through their encounters with Great Salt Lake. Although their solo and joint explorations of these spaces manifested in different formats, one tangible and one visual, they both sought to evoke and share a sense of place.

These two contrasting mediums displayed together give the viewer an intimate look at two artists’ impressions of an inland sea that dominates the landscape they live in. Through photographs and textiles, the exhibition illuminates this vast body of water saltier than the ocean, offering a glimpse of its great beauty, tranquility, and fierceness.

 

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.

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.

“This Is the Place” Opening in Rio Gallery – 13 Aug 2013

“A place belongs forever to whoever claims it hardest, remembers it most obsessively, wrenches it from itself, shapes it, renders it, loves it so radically that he remakes it in his own image.”

– Joan Didion, We Tell Ourselves Stories in Order to Live

SALT LAKE CITY — Utah Arts & Museums announces the exhibition “This Is the Place,” from August 16 – September 13, 2013 in the Rio Gallery (300 South 455 West, Salt Lake City). There will be a public reception on Friday, August 16 from 6 to 9 p.m. during Salt Lake Gallery Stroll.

The exhibition showcases a group of visual artists as they consider this place so many call home. Just as we shape and build the landscape around us, the landscape has a remarkable effect on us, shaping and building culture. Utah has been the place for many people: indigenous peoples prior to the arrival of the Mormons, then the Mormon pioneers, followed by the many generations of more recent migrations to the state. This show explores the diversity and value of Utah through artists, community participation, and historical photographs.

“We’re pleased to highlight the various perspectives on Utah presented by this exhibition,” said Utah Arts & Museums Director Lynnette Hiskey. “A state as diverse as ours — geographically, demographically, culturally — provides fertile ground for some really engaging artwork.”

There will be special weekend hours on Saturday, August 17 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. to celebrate “National Can-it-Forward Day” at the Downtown Farmers Market. There will be a canning display, food preservation experts on hand, raffles, giveaways, hands-on demonstrations, and vendors offering canned goods (pickles, jams, sauces, etc.) with samples and special deals. The show also coincides with the Utah State History Conference, “The Making of Place,” September 5 – 8, 2013.

Invited artists for “This Is the Place” include Vicki Acoba, Paul Adams, Fidalis Buhler, Jim Jacobs, Amy Jorgensen, Jessica Li, Joe Ostraff, Linda Reynolds, Will Varner, and Clay Wagstaff. In addition, Joe Ostraff’s installation, “Potluck,” features 50 individual panels by 50 additional Utah artists. The exhibition also features a digital slideshow with photographs submitted by the public.

Galleries

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. Please contact Felicia Baca, Gallery Manager, with questions at fbaca@utah.gov or at 801.245.7272.

We maintain and operate three exhibition spaces. To find out what is showing at each of the galleries, click on the links below.

Alice Gallery
Glendinning Home, 617 East South Temple, Salt Lake City map
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Tuesday – 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
*Open Saturdays from 10-2, Nov 11-Apr 21 for Winter Market

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.