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Utah Students Excel at National History Day

COLLEGE PARK, Md. — Eight Utah middle- and high-school students placed among the top entries in the nation at the annual National History Day Competition at the University of Maryland, College Park. These exceptional young historians placed in the Top Ten in their categories among 3,000 competitors at the national meet.

Utah’s top finishers:

Outstanding Junior State Entry: Zachary Jessop, Midvale Middle School (Salt Lake): “Each Life is Worth a World: Gil and Eleanor Kraus and the Rescue of Fifty Jewish Children from Nazi Germany,” Junior Individual Documentary.

Outstanding Senior State Entry: Asher Ireland, Timberline Middle School (Alpine): “When the Jews Stood up to Grant: The Story of General Order No. 11,” Senior Individual Performance.

National Top Ten Entry: Hattie Ransom, Timberline Middle School (Alpine): “Andree de Jongh’s Stand: Rebellion and Resistance Against the Nazis During World War II,” 8th Place Junior Individual Website.

George Washington Leadership in History Prize:Tyler Pierce, Bethany Prettyman, Katie Snow, Mersedez Clifford, and Tessa Atwood, Carbon High School (Price): “The Secret Heroes of the American Revolution: The Culper Spy Ring’s Stand for Freedom,” Senior Group Documentary. Prize sponsored by Mount Vernon.

Fifty-nine Utah students qualified to compete at nationals (pictures) at the annual state competition, held in April. Their original historical research projects centered on the theme, “Taking a Stand in History.” During the rigorous week of competition, the students also toured the nation’s capitol and met with Senator Mike Lee and Congressman Rob Bishop. Utah’s National History Day program encourages students to delve into the past through historical research, critical thinking, and presentation. Students may choose a topic from local, national, or world history, ranging from politics and war to science, social history, and the arts. They then create museum-style exhibits, historical performances, original websites, documentary films, and research papers to showcase their work. Entries are judged in a series of competitions beginning at the local level and culminating in the national contest held each June.

“History Day is an exciting way to engage students and teachers in the study of historical issues, people and events,” said Wendy Rex-Atzet, state coordinator for the Utah History Day program. “This program truly makes history come to life for young people by offering the freedom to choose a meaningful topic, and then giving them the research and analytical tools they need to discover the past on their own.”

Utah History Day is the state’s official National History Day affiliate. Formerly called Utah History Fair, this program has operated continuously in Utah since 1980. The program was originally developed and housed at Utah State University. In 2014 it was transferred to the Utah Division of State History in Salt Lake City.

“Through History Day, students develop a deeper understanding of the past, along with better reading, writing, analytical, and presentation skills that translate to success in many other disciplines,” Division of State History Director Brad Westwood said.

Utah State Library Awarded Contract for Blind and Disabled Library Service

SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah State Library will continue to provide blind and disabled library service to states west of the Mississippi River through a contract that is nearly $1 million and supports at least seven jobs in the state.

The agreement with the Library of Congress’ National Library Service for operation of the Multistate Center West is the largest service contract for the Utah State Library.

The contract’s renewal allows Utah blind residents to continue to have immediate access to materials not only in the Blind State Warehouse, but also available through the Multistate Center West. Currency Reader machines are also available to the blind in Utah through the Utah State Library.

“The Utah State Library is honored to be selected by the Library of Congress to continue to operate the Multistate Center West,” State Librarian Donna Jones Morris said. “The contract means that Utah continues to be a leader in blind and disabled library services.“

Housed in Utah State Library headquarters (250 N., 1950 W., Salt Lake City), the Multistate Center West is the National Library Service’s western distribution center for equipment and special format reading materials, including Braille and audio books. It also provides materials and machines nationwide through the Interlibrary Loan program.

The Utah State Library contracts with 19 states to provide Braille materials and full library service to Alaska and Wyoming. Library service for the blind and disabled is free for patrons who qualify to receive material.

Media Contact: Josh Loftin
Utah Department of Heritage & Arts
801-245-7205
jloftin@utah.gov

Applications Open for DesignArts Utah ‘17 Exhibit

Design Arts Utah logoSALT LAKE CITY — Utah designers from all fields are encouraged to apply for the annual DesignArts Utah exhibition.

The Utah Division of Arts & Museums’ Design Arts Program will host the 2017 exhibition Sept. 8 through Oct. 20 at the Rio Gallery in Salt Lake City. Applications can be uploaded here. Designers in any field are encouraged to submit their work. Realized, conceptual, or prototype designs are eligible. The deadline for applications is July 10, 2017.

DesignArts Utah celebrates the state’s great designers and provides a valuable platform for viewers to engage with the design community. Partners in this free public exhibition include Salt Lake Design Week and Craft Lake City.

Brooke Hodge, the director of the Palm Springs Art Museum Architecture and Design Center, formerly with the Cooper Hewitt, The Hammer and Los Angeles MOCA, will curate the exhibition. The designer selected as the Juror’s Award Winner will receive a $3,000 award. Two designers selected in the student category will each receive a $500 award.

In conjunction with Salt Lake Gallery Stroll and Salt Lake Design Week, a closing reception will take place Oct. 20th from 6-9 pm at the Rio Gallery. Admission for the public reception is free.

To learn more about Utah Division of Arts & Museums’ Design Arts program or to view past exhibition catalogs and images, visit visualarts.utah.gov. If you have any questions contact Mackenzie Morton (email or call 801.245.7270) or Jim Glenn (email or call 801.245.7271).

Media Contact:
Josh Loftin
Utah Department of Heritage & Arts
801-245-7205
jloftin@utah.gov

 

New Poet Laureate Celebrates Literary Voices Throughout Utah

Utah Governor Gary R. Herbert has named University of Utah English professor Paisley Rekdal as the state’s new Poet Laureate.

“The literary arts are an essential part of our state’s rich cultural heritage,” Herbert said. “Ms. Rekdal’s artistic accomplishments and teaching service make her ideally suited to continue the tradition of bringing poetry and literature to the people of Utah.”

During her four-year term, Rekdal will serve as the governor-appointed advocate for literature and the arts. She is also available to conduct readings and lead workshops for community groups, arts organizations, and educators. Continue reading

Design Arts

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Design is the creative beginning of any human-initiated arrangement of materials. We are dedicated to the promotion of excellence in the diverse fields of design in Utah. We strive to help community members see, experience, utilize and value the art of design that surrounds us.

 

 

 


DesignArts Utah ’17 

The DesignArts Program is pleased to announce a call to designers for the DesignArts Utah ’17 juried exhibition, held September 8, 2017 – October 20, 2017, at the Rio Gallery in downtown Salt Lake City. Designers in any design field are encouraged to submit their work: realized, conceptual, or prototype designs are eligible. The deadline to submit work for consideration is July 10, 2017.

This annual exhibition honors and celebrates Utah’s great designers and provides a valuable platform for viewers to learn about and engage with the design community. DesignArts Utah is excited to partner with Salt Lake Design Week and Craft Lake City for this event that is free and open to the public.

 

Brooke Hodge, the director of the Palm Springs Art Museum Architecture and Design Center, will curate the exhibition. The designer selected as the Juror’s Award Winner will receive a $3,000 award. Two designers selected in the student category will each receive a $500 award.

 

In conjunction with Salt Lake Gallery Stroll and Salt Lake Design Week, a closing reception will take place on October 20th from 6-9 pm at the Rio Gallery. Admission for the reception is free and open to the public.

Please feel free to refer any questions to Jim Glenn jglenn@utah.gov 801.245.7271 or Mackenzie Morton mmorton@utah.gov 801.245.7270


DesignArts Exhibition Catalogs

Click on the images below to view past projects chosen for exhibition:

2016

Juror: Jim Childress, Chair of the AIA Committee on Design. A frequent lecturer on architecture, Centerbrook Partner, Jim Childress is well traveled due to his work and to grown children who are scattered around the world. What he learns from these international sojourns informs not only his architecture, but also the garden he is nurturing and expanding with his wife

Click to view the full catalog

2015

Juror: Randy J. Hunt, is Creative Director at Etsy, where he leads a team of designers creating the end-to-end experience, both online and off. Hunt feels strongly that designers must be able to build what they design, a perspective that fits naturally with Etsy’s culture of making and the love of craftsmanship.

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2014

Juror: Ellen Lupton, Senior Curator of contemporary design at Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, and the Director of the Graphic Design MFA Program and the Center for Design Thinking at Maryland Institute College of Art.

DA 2014 Catalog

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2013

Juror: Monica Ponce de Leon, Dean and Eliel Saarinen Collegiate Professor of Architecture and Urban Planning at University of Michigan Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning   

Click to view the full catalog

2012

Juror: David Revere McFadden from the Museum of Arts & Design in New York City, New York 8 Utah designers’ 11 designs were selected for exhibition from 28 Utah designers’ 55 submitted projects.

Design Arts 2012 Logo

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2011

Juror: Stuart Karten, director of Stuart Karten Design, Los Angeles, California. 8 Utah designers were selected for exhibition of their 13 designs from the 31 designs submitted.

Design Arts Utah 2011 Catalog

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2010

Juror: Budd Steinhilber, director of the of the Cranbrook Academy of Art and Art Museum 15 Utah designers were selected by Mr. Steinhilber for exhibition from the 60 designs submitted by 22 designers.

 Design Arts Utah 2010 Catalog Click to view the full catalog

2009

Juror: Reed Kroloff, director of the of the Cranbrook Academy of Art and Art Museum 9 Utah designers were selected by Mr. Kroloff for exhibition from the 42 designs submitted by 22 designers.

Design Arts Utah 2009 Catalog

2008

Juror: Jennifer Morla, award winning designer and creative director of Design Within Reach 20 Utah designers were selected by Ms. Morla for exhibition from the 97 designs submitted by 37 designers.

Design Arts Utah 2008 CatalogClick to view the full catalog

2007

Juror: Tucker Viemeister, VP Creative with Studio Red at Rockwell Group 15 Utah designers were selected by Mr. Viemeister for exhibition from the 47 submitted works.

 Design Arts Utah 2007 Catalog

2006

Juror: Susan S. Szenasy, editor-in-chief of Metropolis magazine based in New York City 15 Utah designers were selected by Ms. Szenasy for exhibition from the 60 designs submitted by 36 designers.

 Design Arts Utah 2006 Catalog

2005

Juror: Joseph Rosa, Helen Hilton Raiser Curator of Architecture and Design at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) 10 Utah designers were selected by Mr. Rosa for exhibition from the 42 designs submitted by 21 designers.

 Design Arts Utah 2005 Catalog

2004

Juror: Anne Van Ingen, director of architecture, planning and design program and capital projects for the New York State Council on the Arts in New York, New York

8 Utah designers were selected by Ms. Van Ingen for exhibition from the 27 submitted works.

 Design Arts Utah 2004 Catalog

2003

Juror: Buff Kavelman, director of the Smithsonian National Design Awards at the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum in New York 9 Utah designers were selected by Ms. Kavelman for exhibition from the 35 submitted works.

 Design Arts Utah 2003 Catalog


The design community in Utah is vital and growing. Click on the links below to learn more about a few of the design organizations in Utah:

AIA UtahCLCLogo-Bird SLDW_logo
AIGA Salt Lake City
ASLA Utah
Craft Lake City
Salt Lake Design Week


Questions?

Jim Glenn at jglenn@utah.gov or 801.245.7271 or Mackenzie Morton at  mmorton@utah.gov  or 801.245.7270

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Public Art Proposals Requested for Southern Utah University Project

The Utah Public Art Program of the Division of Arts and Museums, in association with the Division of Facilities and Construction Management and Southern Utah University School of Business, has published a call for letters of interest and qualifications from artists or artist teams interested in creating public art for the new facility being built on the campus of SUU in Cedar City.

The School of Business Art Selection Committee is interested in working with an artist(s) to develop site specific work which is harmonious with the design of the building and contribute to an environment that inspires students to think creatively toward new heights. It is hoped this site specific work will encourage thought, exploration, and contemplation, while still being accessible in concept and intent.

The full description and how to apply is at www.publicart.utah.gov. The deadline for receipt of material from interested artists is 5 p.m. MST, June 9, 2017. Applications may be submitted online at www.callforentry.org.

The Public Art Program was created by the Utah State Legislature in 1985 with the passage of the Percent-for-Art-Act. This statute allows for 1 % of construction costs for new or remodeled State facilities to be added to the project for the commissioning or acquisition of art that is site specific to the facility and community. To date, over 230 works have been placed in State facilities statewide. For more information visit www.publicart.utah.gov or contact Jim Glenn at jglenn@utah.gov or 801-245-7271 or Mackenzie Morton at mmorton@utah.gov or 801-245-7270.

Rendering courtesy: VCBO Architecture

Chase Home Museum of Utah Folk Arts

The Chase Home Museum of Utah Folk Arts is the only museum in the country dedicated to displaying a state-owned collection of contemporary folk art. It features objects made by living Utah artists from the state’s American Indian, rural, occupational and ethnic communities. The Museum offers a snapshot of Utah’s contemporary culture and heritage. The Chase Home, built more than 150 years ago in a traditional hall-and-parlor style from adobe bricks, is a fine example of 19th century folk art.

To learn more about the Mondays in the Park summer concert series, click HERE.


Workshops & Temporary Exhibitions

A workshop space on the first floor features both folk arts and museum programming at the Chase Home. We offer classes, hands-on workshops, artist visits, and many more events. Follow our Facebook page for the latest announcements.

The workshop space also serves as a gallery for temporary exhibitions of Utah folk and traditional arts or new work featuring emerging folk art genres or innovations of tradition. We accept proposals for 8-12 week exhibitions by Utah artists. See our Exhibition Guidelines to submit a proposal. Contact Museum Administrator Sabrina Sanders (sabrinasanders@utah.gov) to learn more.


View the State of Utah Folk Art Collection


Location & Hours

The Chase Home Museum is located in the middle of Liberty Park. To visit, enter the park from either 900 South or 1300 South at about 600 East and follow the signs to parking near the center of the park.

The ground level is ADA compliant offering two galleries, as well as a history timeline of the Chase Home. The house is a historic structure which does not allow for an elevator to the second story galleries. The second story is accessed via a set of stairs.

Winter Hours- 9/6/16 through 5/26/17:

Tuesday-Friday: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Saturday-Monday: Closed

Summer Hours – 5/30/17 through 9/2/17

Tuesday: 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Wednesday: 11:00 AM – 8:00 PM

Thursday-Saturday: 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM 

Sunday-Monday: Closed

Closed on holidays

Chase Home Museum Map

Questions?

Call 801.245.7285

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Find & Post Volunteer Opportunities

We’re excited to introduce a new online resource for finding and posting volunteer opportunities!

UServeUtah is partnering with JustServe to connect you to service opportunities in your community so you can make a difference wherever you are and however you want to serve. We are excited to team up with nonprofit, faith, and government organizations nationwide to post volunteer needs and opportunities to serve.

Find Volunteer Opportunities

A simple search on JustServe will tell you

  • How many total volunteer opportunities are available in your area (you can select a specific radius in miles).
  • Which organizations need help.
  • What kinds of roles need to be filled to provide the best level of care across our state.

Post Volunteer Opportunities

Whether you need volunteers to fulfill either a one-time or an ongoing need, JustServe can help! To post a volunteer opportunity, scroll down to the bottom of the page on JustServe.org and click on “Submit a Project.” Once you submit your volunteer opportunity, it will be sent to the JustServe committee for consideration and approval.

There’s never been a better time to step up and get involved. Head over to JustServe.org to find your volunteer calling.