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2018 World of the Wild

Mr. Big Stuff by Ginger Parris, Acrylic on canvas, 18" x 24" Copyright 2018

Mr. Big Stuff by Ginger Parris, Acrylic on canvas, 18″ x 24″

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.

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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

2018 All-State High School Art Show

Yellow by Zack Chapman Zack Chapman, Pastel on paper, 16”x10.5”

Yellow by Zack Chapman Zack Chapman, Pastel on paper, 16”x10.5”

System 01 by Hannah Ostraff, Ink on paper, 18”x18”

System 01 by Hannah Ostraff, Ink on paper, 18”x18”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

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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 2018 Utah State Fair

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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.

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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.

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2016-2017 Traveling Schedule

Duchesne Public Library, Duchesne, September 28 – November 10

Threads of the Silk Road

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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.

NEWS POSTING IN ENGLISH
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.

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2017-2018 Traveling Schedule

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

Navajo Children: Weaving the Future

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

Early Utah Masterpieces

Reproductions from the State Fine Art Collection

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“Black Rock” by James Taylor Harwood, 1898

Alice Merrill Horne’s vision 108 years ago helped create the nation’s first state arts agency, the Utah Art Institute – now Utah Arts & Museums. An artist and arts patron, Alice Merrill Horne, along with fellow artist George Ottinger, drafted the “Art Bill” in 1899, which passed unanimously in the State Senate and the House. This bill called for the establishment of a state collection of visual art. The collection became known as the “Alice Art Collection” in her honor. Collecting Utah art has continued since that time and is now known as the State Fine Art Collection.

The Utah Art Institute purchased a series of paintings to become the first works of art for the “Alice Art Collection”. From these early purchases, the Traveling Exhibits Program has chosen twenty-six paintings for this exhibit. The historical significance of these early paintings tells the story of the early Utah pioneers, the era in which they lived, and the places and people they knew. It is a heritage that Utah Arts & Museums is proud to share with the people of Utah. The acquisition of works of art by Utah artists continues today, increasing the value and importance of the State Fine Art Collection.

The pieces displayed in this exhibit are giclee reproductions of the original paintings. Images are generated from high resolution digital scans and printed onto canvas using professional color ink-jet printers. The giclee printing process provides better color accuracy than other means of reproduction and can be adjusted to almost any size of canvas. This process of high-quality reproduction provides the opportunity to exhibit images from the State Fine Art Collection without risk of damage or loss of the priceless historical originals.

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2016-2017 Traveling Schedule

Early Light Academy, South Jordan, September 29 – October 27
Gallery East, USU Price, November 7 – December 19
Park City Public Library, January 30 – March 20, 2017