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.
The Alice Gallery is located at the historic Glendinning Mansion in Salt Lake City, 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.
This gallery hosts exhibitions by Utah artists and works from the State Fine Art Collection and was established as a service to Utah artists, providing a free venue for emerging as well as established artists to collaborate on exhibits and engage the community through art-making and dialogue.
“Reformation: a Reordering of Elements”
Sept. 18 – Nov. 13, 2015
Klundt confronts the challenge of taking up what has been left behind and reforming it through a practice that includes mining, breaking down, and then building up. Everything we see and use in the world today is a product of the earth. Through mining and other technological advances, man’s ingenuity has allowed for the production of all our modern technology. Klundt is fascinated with this cycle and the evidence of the mining process left in “piles”-materials from Earth, transformed into usable form and then discarded to make room for the new. Through the process of “mining the piles”, her purpose is to create order from the chaos and appreciate the character of this material that has been created and then recreated. The result is a focus on line and subtle color shifts.
Influenced by the tradition of her industrious, Swedish immigrant grandparents who made rugs and furniture from these “piles”, Klundt says, “I am madly in love with significant lines in nature which come about when two things are butted up against each other. I love the geometric cracks and seams in the slick rock of Southern Utah and the pattern of line found in the granite walls that emerge from the mountains of the Wasatch Front. I love the process of working with tools and constructing, compacting and making something solid from the pieces, which can then be neatly framed and hung on a wall, leaving behind a new clean space in place of the pile.”
Location & Hours
Glendinning Home, 617 East South Temple, Salt Lake City
8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday – Friday; Closed Saturday – Sunday
Proposals for Exhibitions
Proposals for exhibitions in January-July of 2016 will be accepted August 1-September 1, 2015. Be sure to download the GUIDELINES prior to submitting your proposal online. Incomplete entries will not be accepted.
The Utah Division of Arts & Museums has been supporting Utah’s literary community for more than 50 years. The Utah Original Writing Competition began in 1958 and has since expanded to other offerings. Through readings, conferences and workshops offered throughout Utah, as well as support for professional development for writers, the Literary Arts program has been able to reinforce growth and interest across all literary genres.
We’ve invited notable Utah poets to recite short poems they’ve written. Our friends at TWIG Media Lab have created videos of the readings. We’re releasing one a month throughout 2015. Enjoy!
Utah initiated its Poet Laureate program in 1997. The Poet Laureate is a Governor-appointed advocate for literature and the arts throughout the state. The Poet Laureate is available for readings at public events and in venues including libraries, universities and schools. To have the Poet Laureate visit you, please fill out the Poet Laureate appearance request form.
Utah is home to a rich and diverse writing community. Throughout the state, there are several literary journals and magazines (both print and electronic), conferences, competitions, awards, festivals and presses. These range from independent to university- and college-sponsored periodicals, events and workshops, and include content in all literary genres, often paired with visual arts. Additionally, audiences for each range from local to national and from secular to religious, and are inclusive of experienced and emerging writers alike. For a list of resources, click HERE.
Poetry Out Loud
The National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation have partnered with Utah Arts & Museums’ Literature Program to support Poetry Out Loud, which encourages Utah’s youth to learn about great poetry through memorization and performance. State arts agencies receiving arts education funding from NEA are required to participate.
Original Writing Competition
The annual Original Writing Competition has won national respect because of the reputation of its judges and the honors received by its winners. For more than 50 years, this competition has honored some of Utah’s finest writers with public recognition, career assistance and cash prizes.