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Lessons in Printing, Adventures in Book Binding


This exhibition consists of folded forms, books, and letterpress prints produced by students, staff, and faculty of the Book Arts Program at the J. Willard Marriott Library, The University of Utah. The exhibition seeks to introduce the fundamentals of relief printing and bookmaking by highlighting the distinctive elements and processes of these unique art forms. The exhibition leads the viewer through a progression of simple book forms, complex artists’ books, and prints. Presenting a variety of binding and image-making techniques, the displayed work and interpretive signage celebrate the beauty and resonance of the physical book object.

Part of the J. Willard Marriott Library since 1995, the Book Arts Program champions wide-ranging explorations of the book by providing full-semester classes offered to University students and community members; short weekend workshops and summer intensives; community outreach, encouraging appreciation for the tradition and art of books; K–12 programs such as the Treasure Chest of Rare Books and educator workshops; Residency and independent studio options.

For more information about the Book Arts Program’s classes, workshop, exhibitions, outreach, and other offerings visit or


2017-2018 Traveling Schedule

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HIDDEN VOICES: Native Peoples

Savannah Jacket, Towaoc, "Grandma" digital print

Savannah Jacket, Towaoc, “Grandma” digital print


It is almost impossible to function on a daily basis without being influenced by the photographic image. Photographs are how we communicate and how we remember. We are both motivated by and manipulated by photographs. Photography is an essential form of communication and interaction in modern society, as well as a ubiquitous medium.

Historically, photography has been used as a medium to lend a voice to underrepresented populations. There is also incredible potential within the genre for an individual to become a poet, to invoke change, inspire movements or to inform. This project was started to allow the Native American youth on reservations, in and around Utah, to learn the power of a photograph, and to show the world what was important to them.

Photography students and faculty from Utah Valley University were asked to help the high school students begin to develop their own photographic language. We wanted to be respectful guests that were there to give and not take. We wanted to learn and not dictate. We wanted to unlearn and then relearn our histories, but from a different perspective.

Most of the photographs you see here are a snapshot of Native American youth today. As we look, we allow ourselves the opportunity to ask questions. What did they find interesting? What was important enough for them to share with us? What do these photographs say to you?

This collaboration includes Utah Valley University’s Native American Initiative, Multicultural Student Services, Art & Visual Communication’s Photography area, and Woodbury Art Museum. “Paid for in part by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education. However, the contents do not necessarily represent the policy of the Department of Education, and you should not assume endorsement by the Federal Government.”

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2017-2018 Traveling Schedule

North Sanpete High School, Mount Pleasant, Oct 24 – Nov 21

2017 World of the Wild

The Raven by Andrew Marx, oil on board, 11" x 16"

The Raven by Andrew Marx, oil on board, 11″ x 16″

The World of the Wild, sponsored by Utah’s Hogle Zoo, is the annual art show featuring artworks of animals and the wild. The goal of this exhibition is to bring together the works of serious artists who are interested in displaying their view of wild animals, plants and places with which we share our world.

The art of depicting animals is an ancient one. Prehistoric people depicted animals on cave walls in an attempt to gain power over their hunt. These paintings can still be seen in Lascaux, France; Altamira, Spain; Africa and Australia. Fremont and Anasazi Indians of Utah also drew animal images as a form of spiritual empowerment. The ancient Egyptians drew and modeled animals with great care based upon the observation of nature. Today, art classes are often seen at the Zoo painting and drawing from life.

Wildlife artists such as James Audubon have been instrumental in raising public awareness of endangered species. We hope by focusing more attention on the wilder side of nature that the public will gain a greater awareness of and appreciation for wildlife.


2017-2018 Traveling Schedule

Manti Elementary, Manti, Aug 21 – Sep 18
Cedar Public Library, Cedar City, Oct 4 – Nov 11
Boulder Community Gallery, Boulder, Nov 1 – Jan 3, 2018
Red Mountain Elementary, Ivins, Jan 4 – Feb 1
Valley High School, South Jordan, Feb 5 – Mar 5
Orem Public Library, Orem, Mar 5 – Apr 9
Lomond View Elementary, Pleasant View, Apr 9 – May 4
Jeremy Ranch Elementary, May4 – June 1
Utah State University, Merrill-Cazier Library, Logan, Jun 4 – July 9

2017 All-State High School Art Show

City Scene by Sarah Turpin, mixed media, Hillcrest High School

City Scene by Sarah Turpin, mixed media, Hillcrest High School

The Utah All-State High School Art Show was established 45 years ago to honor the best high school artists in the state for their talent, creativity, and dedication. The purpose of this exhibition is to foster original visual art among Utah teenagers by providing a professional forum for student artists. This exhibition is the result of an ongoing collaboration between the Springville Museum of Art, high school teachers, students, and various private partners. A panel of professional artists and arts administrators carefully studied each of the 989 entries from around the state to select the works of art featured in this exhibition. Comprising of 345 works from 98 high schools across Utah, this exhibition represents the promise of this young generation of artists.

The works selected for the traveling exhibition illustrate the exceptional talent, diversity, originality, and creativity of Utah’s young visual artists. The exhibition is also a tribute to the art teachers in Utah’s high schools who inspire, direct and refine the work of these artists.


2017-2018 Traveling Schedule

Provo High School, Provo, Aug 30 – Sep 27
Duchesne Public Library, Sep 27 – Nov 3
Grand County Public Library, Moab, Nov 7 – Jan 2, 2018
Wasatch County Library, Heber City, Jan 5 – Feb 2
Delta Public Library, Delta, Feb 2 – Mar 2
Kane County Hospital Healing Arts, Mar 29 – May 1

Prize Photography from the 2017 Utah State Fair


Photography is fun! More people are enjoying the hobby and business of photography than ever before. Today it is possible to take and view instantly your work without having to wait for film to be processed.

There are numerous categories in which an individual can enter his or her work in the Utah State Fair. No matter what your photographic interest is or what equipment you are using, you can produce an entry for the Utah State Fair that will be enjoyed by those visiting the Photography Division. Curtis Parker, supervisor of the Utah State Fair Photography Division, explains, “The photos entered into the fair inspire and challenge others to take up the hobby of photography. Even if you are not involved in taking pictures, viewing them is an enjoyable pastime. Since digital pictures can be processed in Photoshop, it is amazing to see the quality and versatility of the finished product.”

Parker would like to encourage creativity by having photographers look differently at the things around them. He challenges photographers to find interesting things in their environment. Think and shoot out of the lens!

The photographic division of the Utah State Fair is sponsored by Nikon Cameras. Their generosity is currently providing the Photography Department of the State Fair with many improvements.

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


2017-2018 Traveling Schedule

Willow Elementary, Grantsville, Sep 20 – Oct 17
Fillmore Elementary, Oct 25 – Nov 21
Hanksville Elementary, Hanksville, Jan 3 – Jan 30, 2018
Provo High School, Provo, Feb 5 – Mar 5
Wasatch County Library, Heber City, Mar 6 – Apr 2

Willow Stories: Contemporary Navajo Baskets

“Placing the Stars” basket by Peggy Rock Black

For generations Navajo women have woven baskets for carrying and storing food or other household items and for use in various sacred ceremonies. Over time the gradual replacement of functional baskets with modern containers and the strict taboos dictating how and when to weave ceremonial baskets led to a decline in Navajo basket weaving.In the 1970’s a revival of basket making began to take place, centered around the Utah Navajos living in the Monument Valley area. Inspired by the art of the prehistoric Mibres and Anasazi, the work of neighboring tribes and their own sand painting and rug weaving, these weavers developed a new style filled with animal images, human figures and illusionary geometric designs. Perhaps most exciting is the recent evolution of story baskets that depict traditional beliefs, stories or legends, capturing some of the most important traditions and values of Navajo culture in their skillful compositions. This exhibit, curated by the Utah Arts Council’s Folk Art Program, features the work of ten of Utah’s contemporary Navajo basket weavers and includes their photographs and biographies.


2016-2017 Traveling Schedule

Duchesne Public Library, Duchesne, September 28 – November 10

Threads of the Silk Road


Horsemen, In traditional Mongolian Warrior costume, at a Genghis Khan Reenactment, Mongolia. Photograph by Edgar Gomez

The romance and influence of the legendary Silk Road has been a subject of centuries of fascination, from the medieval account of Marco Polo’s travel to cellist Yo-Yo Ma’s contemporary Silk Road Project. This vast 7000-mile network of trade routes from China to the Mediterranean existed for almost 2000 years, opening the Far East to European lands. It was a conduit for cultural, economic and technological exchange, representing the earliest form of globalization.

This collection of evocative photographs depicts surviving remnants of the historic Silk Road and ancestors of the civilization along its route. Themes of travel, trade and tribes are evidence today of the Silk Road’s ancient past. Colorful, ceremonial hats, traditional head coverings and travelling gear accompany the exhibit.

Photographer Edgar Gomez traveled to countries along the Silk Road while conducting research projects in his work as the international director of a Utah biotechnology company. His photographs have been featured in Newsweek and Current Biology and in exhibits in the United States and Central Asia.

Exhibit Sponsor

Zions Bank is the oldest financial institution in Utah with a long tradition of supporting the arts throughout the state.

Press Coverage

Here’s a story from a news outlet in China about this exhibition. A link to the story in Chinese follows; below that is the news outlet’s English translation.

Utah Holds Photographic Silk Road Exhibit

March 8, 2014; Source: Qinghai Daily; Editor: Li Qirui

Reporters learned from the Provincial Foreign Affairs Office, March 5, by the Utah Arts Council and the Utah – Qinghai Alliance sponsored a Silk Road Photographic Art exhibit in Heber City, Utah.

The exhibit is a celebration of the 35th anniversary of establishment of diplomatic relations and China-US Qinghai Province, part of the 2014 Sino-US Utah State Provincial Sustainable Development Award. The show is designed to introduce to the American public about to the historical significance of the Silk Road, cultural heritage, customs, achievements in economic and social development, and promote the cultural understanding and cultural exchanges.

The show will be presented in Heber City and the Orem Public Library.


2017-2018 Traveling Schedule

Old Dome Meeting Hall, Riverton, Fab 7 – Mar 19, 2018

Navajo Children: Weaving the Future


Hand made rugs and blankets have always been an important part of Native American culture and economy. Weaving techniques and patterns have traditionally been passed down from mothers and grandmothers to daughters.

Modern lifestyles have threatened this art form. Tourism, and economic development from Adopt an Elder Program have given this art form renewed interest. Adopt an Elder Program sponsors rug sales directly from the weavers who get one hundred percent of the profits. Young and talented Navajo children living in the Navajo Nation did all the rugs and blankets in this exhibit. The collection is on loan from Adopt an Elder Program.


2017-2018 Traveling Schedule

Rose Springs Elementary, Tooele, Feb 20 – Mar 19, 2018

Block Prints by Everett Ruess

Radiation by Everett Ruess

Radiation by Everett Ruess

Everett Ruess, a young artist and writer who wandered the wilds of the southwest, mysteriously disappeared in the Escalante canyons in 1934 at the age of twenty. He has since become both a legend and symbol of the wilderness he revered. The love and respect Everett felt for the places he roamed were expressed in his poems and essays, as well as in the images he carved for his precious block prints. He would trade or sell these prints to the occasional tourist and passerby to help pay his way for himself and his burros. Thus the few extra dollars brought him to another vista, and eventually to another piece of art. His wanderlust and his art became inseparable. The prints in this collection span the last five years of Ruess’ short life, from the age of fifteen to twenty. They portray a variety of natural scenes and chronicle his travels along the California coast, high in the Sierra Nevada mountains, and among the deserts and canyons of Utah and Arizona. Five decades later these images still speak to us with vigor and force. They show the evolution of a maturing talent, fully capable of capturing nature in bold and simple terms.


2017-2018 Traveling Schedule

Weber State University, Stewart Library, Aug 21 – Oct 16
West Elementary, Tooele, Oct 17 – Nov 14
Frontier Homestead State Park Museum, Cedar City, Mar 29 – May 2

Shaping the Arts

Remnants of Life by James Rees, Oil on canvas 35" x 25"

Remnants of Life by James Rees, Oil on canvas 35″ x 25″

Shaping the Arts is a group exhibit of Utah artists who play a significant role in arts education at the High School level. All young artists start somewhere and often this begins with focused attention and encouragement from teachers. The relationship of mentors and practicing artists has deep historical roots dating back to the middle ages. However, the contemporary relationship between teaching artists and students in arts education has greatly expanded beyond the model of trades, formalism or aesthetics. The role of the art teacher now has expanded to become a facilitator for critical discourse and meaningful explorations of contemporary social and cultural ideas and issues within the world, through the arts.

The artists selected for this exhibit range in practice from painting and drawing to photography. Through their professional experience they provide a framework for enthusiasm, critical thinking, and engagement to Utah’s young artists; shaping the future of our society.

The exhibit includes artworks by Stephen Bartholomew, John Carlisle, Chad Crane, Christine Fedor, Jethro Gillespie, Alexa Hall, Randy Marsh, Bernard Meyers, James Rees, Bruce Robertson and Justin Wheatley.


2017-2018 Traveling Schedule

Sunrise Ridge Intermediate School, St George, Oct 3 – Oct 31
Duchesne Public Library, Apr 3- Apr 30, 2018
Grand County Public Library, Moab, May 8 – Jun 12