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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.

Utah Drawn: An Exhibition of Rare Maps

We are pleased to announce an upcoming exhibition of forty rare historical maps depicting the region that became Utah from its earliest imaginings by European cartographers to the modern state’s boundaries.

Original maps shown are from the private collection of Salt Lake City businessman Stephen Boulay, with additional contributions from the Utah State Historical Society, LDS Church History Department, L. Tom Perry Special Collections at Brigham Young University, Special Collections at the J. Willard Marriott Library, and the American West Center at the University of Utah.

An opening reception for the exhibition will be held on the 4th Floor Gallery of the Utah State Capitol on January 27, 2017, 9 a.m. to noon.

Additional selected maps from various institutions and private collectors will be offered as a "show and tell" event in the center of the State Capitol Rotunda on January 27, noon to 2 p.m.

The exhibition will run through late summer 2017.

For an online interactive map detailing the shifting political and cultural boundaries of Utah, see Contested Boundaries: Creating Utah's State Lines.


UHQ Digital Exhibition

The six maps reproduced below are part of Utah Drawn: An Exhibition of Rare Maps displayed in the Utah Capitol Building fourth floor beginning January 27, 2017.

Maps serve many purposes. They represent physical geographies, recording landmarks, routes, and boundaries. But they also reflect varying perceptions, imaginations, values, and aspirations. This is certainly true of the maps presented here. Over five centuries, empires and explorers along with printers and publishers worked first to trace the outline of a continent that was new to Europeans and then, eventually, to fill in its vast middle. These maps show the steady increase of geographic knowledge of the Americas, but they also demonstrate the economic and political interests that produced that knowledge and the individuals who benefited from it. They hint at what map makers and their sponsors determined was worth documenting, identifying, and, in some cases, possessing. They often erase, obscure, and distort. Put simply: maps are more than cartographic representations of known or imagined physical features on the landscape. As you examine these maps, try to determine the purposes for which they were made and any mistruths, omissions, and distortions they may contain.


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Title: America Septentrionalis

Creator: Jan Jansson (1588-1664)

Published in: Nouveau Theatre du Monde ou Nouvel Atlas

Place: Amsterdam

Date: 1641

This striking hand-colored map by the Dutch cartographer Jan Jansson (1588-1664) was the first atlas map to treat North America on its own page, separate from the rest of the western hemisphere. Jansson produced this definitive synthesis of the best cartographic knowledge then available. In the process, he helped to canonize both true and false details about North America’s geography for generations. This was not the first map to depict California as an island, for instance, but its widespread distribution helped to popularize that misconception. The eastern seaboard illustrates the French presence along the St. Lawrence River, the English in New England and Virginia, and the Dutch in what is labeled “Novum Belgium.” Though the lake feeding the Rio Del Norte might look familiar to modern Utahns, the Great Salt Lake did not enter the written record until the Timpanogos Utes related its existence to the Dominguez-Escalanté Expedition of 1776.


 

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Title: “Plano Geografico de los Descumbimientos”

Creator: Bernardo de Miera y Pacheco (1713-1785)

Manuscript (Original at Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University)

Date: 1778 (Facsimile, 1970)

Bernardo de Miera y Pacheco (1713-1785) traveled with the Dominguez-Escalante Expedition of 1776-1777 and drew this map as a record of the journey. The party served the Spanish interest in establishing an overland route connecting Mexico to Alta California, which remained an overseas colony of New Spain in spite of its relative geographic proximity well into the next century. In this map, Miera depicted the Rio Colorado with new clarity. This map depicted “Laguna de los Timpanogos” (Utah Lake) for the first time. It also illustrates the “Great River of the West,” a mythical river that tantalized those hoping to find a water passage to Asia for nearly two hundred years. Contrary to later maps, this conflation of Utah’s modern Green River and Sevier River terminated in a lake within the Great Basin. Miera named it Laguna de Miera after himself, but modern Utahns will know it as Sevier Lake.


 

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Title: “Partie du Mexique”

Creator: Philippe Vandermaelen (1795-1869)

Published in: Atlas Universel de Géographie Physique, Politique, Statistique Et Minéralogique

Date: 1827

Drawn by the Belgian cartographer Philippe Marie Vandermaelen (1795-1869), this map depicted the region from Lake Timpanogos (Utah Lake) to present day Colorado and Wyoming. It appeared in Vandermaelen’s six-volume Atlas Universel, published in 1827. As the first atlas to depict the entire globe with a large, consistent scale (26 miles to the inch), the individual maps in this atlas could be combined on a globe approximately 7.75 meters in diameter. The Princeton University Library’s has rendered the resulting globe digitally. The fourth volume focused on North America, he illustrated the Trans-Mississippi West in about twenty sheets.


 

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Title: “Neueste Karte von Mexico … 1850”

Creator: Carl Christian Franz Radefeld (1788-1874)    

Published in: Joseph Meyer (1796-1856), Grosser Hand-Atlas

Place: Hildburghausen

Date: 1850

Even if the U.S. government never recognized the expansive state of Deseret, the prolific mapmakers at Meyer’s publishing company Bibliographisches Institut in Hildburghausen, Germany did, if only briefly. Like Young’s map of Deseret in Mitchell’s Universal Atlas, Meyer’s Grosser Hand-Atlas published a rare map of Deseret as originally proposed. That was not a coincidence. Meyer and his cartographer Radefeld relied on Mitchell’s atlas to produce their 1850-1854 editions of the Hand-Atlas.


 

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Title: “Map of the United States of America”

Creator: James H. Young (1792-18??)

Published in: Samuel Augustus Mitchell (1792-1868), A New Universal Atlas

Place: Philadelphia

Date: 1850

Fueled by emerging mass-market interest, atlases experienced a resurgence in popularity in the 1840s and 1850s. Produced for S. Augustus Mitchell’s contribution to that market by his longtime engraver and associate James H. Young, this map captured the territorial expansion of the newly-continental United States in progress. While the eastern United States might look relatively familiar—save the lack of West Virginia as a distinct state—the western territories bear only a vague similarity to the familiar state boundaries that would eventually settle. This map captured an already-reduced Utah Territory that stretched from roughly the Sierra Nevada range to the continental divide. 

Note that the map erroneously called that territory by its then-defunct name of Deseret. This particular mid-1850 edition of the atlas had two U.S. maps, with each identifying the new territory by its alternate names. The United States never recognized an entity called “Deseret.” Western political events moved rather quickly at times, so it is understandable that a map prepared in early 1850 and published at the end of the year would not be able to keep up. Nonetheless, the territory which should have been labeled Utah Territory never looked like this. [link to the GIS site]


 

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Title: “California, Oregon, Washington, Utah, New Mexico”

Creator: Samuel Augustus Mitchell (1792-1868)     

Published in: A New Universal Atlas

Publisher: Charles Desilver

Place: Philadelphia

Date: 1857

Selling atlases in the mass market was a race as often as it was a contest over accuracy and comprehensiveness. Produced rapidly for Mitchell’s Atlas Universal in 1850 by adding new boundaries to an existing base map from the previous decade, this was one of the first maps to show the new state of California. It had little else going for it. Its intellectual debt to the 1840s meant that Frémont practically authored the Great Basin. The map even identified it as the Fremont Basin to at least the 1855 edition. Over the 1850s, Mitchell updated the map, adding in subsequent editions the cities and counties that had been conspicuously absent in the rushed earlier versions.

 

 


Exhibition Design Team and Contributors

Exhibit Curators: Travis Ross (American West Center, University of Utah) and Stephen Boulay

Exhibition and Graphic Designer: Kerry Shaw (Utah Department of Heritage & Arts)

Additional Contributors and Editors: William Martin, Peter Crawley, W. Randall Dixon, William MacKinnon, Stephanie Angelides (Utah Capitol Preservation Board), Jedediah S. Rogers (Utah Historical Quarterly), Holly George (Utah Historical Quarterly), Michael W. Homer, and Brad Westwood (Utah Division of State History)

Education Curators and Contributors: Robert Austin (Utah Office of Education), Quinn Rollins (Granite School District), Jeff Nokes (History Department, Brigham Young University), Cassandra Clarke (American West Center, University of Utah), Shirlee Silversmith and James Toledo (Utah Division of Indian Affairs), and Harold D. Mitchell (Utah Valley University)

Logistical, Marketing & Physical Support: Kevin Fayles, Alycia Aldrich, Lisa Buckmiller, Douglas Misner, Michele Elnicky, Rebekah Abbott, Megan Weiss, and Chase Roberts

 

Exhibition Partners 

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Governor’s Leadership in the Arts Awards

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Leadership in the Arts Awardee Delora Bertelsen accepts her award from Utah First Lady Jeanette Herbert in 2010.

The Governor’s Awards in the Arts were established in 1980 to recognize individuals and organizations that make outstanding contributions to the cultural life of Utah.

In 2007, the awards adapted to honor those who have demonstrated exemplary leadership in the arts. Today, the Governor’s Leadership in the Arts Awards recognize those qualities that advance the arts for the people and communities in our state and are Utah’s highest honor in the arts.

 


2017 Governor’s Leadership in the Arts Awards – Nominations Now Open – Due February 10, 2017

We are now accepting nominations for the 2017 Governor’s Leadership in the Arts Awards.To nominate an individual, community, or organization, please fill out the form below and return it to Natalie Petersen at npetersen@utah.gov by February 10, 2017.


2016 Governor’s Leadership in the Arts Awards Recipients Announced

We are thrilled to announce the recipients of the 2016 Governors Leadership in the Arts Awards. Click on each recipient to view their award video.

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Utah Arts Festival
Lisa Sewell, Director
Organizational Leadership in the Arts Award

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James Rees
Education Leadership in the Arts Award

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Zion Canyon Arts & Humanities Council

Local Arts Agency Leadership in the Arts Award

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Dr. Craig Jessop
Individual Leadership in the Arts Award


We gratefully acknowledge the table sponsors for the
2016 Governor’s Leadership in the Arts Awards

Arts Benefactor

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Arts Patron

Caine College of the Arts, Utah State University

Kimball Art Center

Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company

Salt Lake Acting Company

Timpanogos Storytelling Institute

Utah Arts Festival

Utah Symphony | Utah Opera

Utah Valley University School of the Arts

WSU Telitha E. Lindquist College of Arts & Humanities

Arts Supporter

Axis Architects   –   Discovery Gateway Children’s Museum

Mayor Jackie Biskupski   –   Nova Chamber Music Series

Ogden City Arts   –   Spy Hop   –   Utah Museum of Fine Arts

Utah State Poetry Society   –   Zions Bank

Past Award Recipients

Governor’s Leadership in the Arts Awards

2016 Utah Arts Festival
Organization Leadership in the Arts Award
James Rees
Education Leadership in the Arts Award
Zion Canyon Arts & Humanities Council
Local Arts Agency Leadership in the Arts Award
Dr. Craig Jessop
Individual Leadership in the Arts Award
2015 Plan-B Theatre Company
Organization Leadership in the Arts Award
Carrie Trenholm
Education Leadership in the Arts Award
Epicenter
Local Arts Agency Leadership in the Arts Award
Kathy Cieslewicz
Individual Leadership in the Arts Award
2014 City of St. George, Mayor Jon Pike
Community Leadership in the Arts Award
Spy Hop Productions
Education Leadership in the Arts Award
Timpanogos Storytelling Institute
Organization Leadership in the Arts Award
Shirley Ririe
Individual Leadership in the Arts Award
2013 Gunnison City, Mayor Lori Nay
Community Leadership in the Arts Award
Kim Schaefer
Education Leadership in the Arts Award
Patricia A. Richards
Volunteer Leadership in the Arts Award
Wally Bloss
Individual Leadership in the Arts Award
2012 City of Ogden,
Mayor Mike Caldwell 

Community Leadership in the Arts Award
Chris Roberts
Education Leadership in the Arts Award
Artspace
Organization Leadership in the Arts Award
Teri Orr
Individual Leadership in the Arts Award
2011 City of Kanab,
Mayor Nina Laycook 

Community Leadership in the Arts Award
K. Newell Dayley
Education Leadership in the Arts Award
Utah Shakespeare Festival
Organization Leadership in the Arts Award
A. Scott Anderson
Individual Leadership in the Arts Award
2010 Sandy City,
Mayor Tom Dolan

Community Leadership in the Arts Award
Rachel Wheeler
Education Leadership in the Arts Award
India Cultural
Center of Utah

Organization Leadership in the Arts Award
Delora Bertelsen
Individual Leadership in the Arts Award
2009 Layton City,
Mayor Steve Curtis

Community Leadership in the Arts Award
Alice Perreault, Kindred Spirits 
Support of Children Through the Arts Award
Neighborworks Salt Lake, Maria Garciaz
Organization Leadership in the Arts Award
Anne Cullimore Decker
Individual Merit Leadership in the Arts Award 
2008 Gail Bunker
Community Leadership Award
Ferron Holt
Arts Education Leadership Award
Representative Greg Hughes
Legislative Leadership Award
Ruth Draper
Lifetime Leadership Award
2007 Representative Sheryl Allen
Public Leadership in the Arts Award
Beverley Taylor Sorenson
Support of Children Through Arts Education Award
Mayor Dave Sakrison
Local Elected Official Award
Kaziah Hancock
Humanitarian Award for Compassion Through the Arts

Governor’s Awards in the Arts Recipients, 1980 to 2003

National Service Day on the Hill 2017

On February 9, 2017, national service programs from across the state will gather at the Utah State Capitol to educate legislators on the role of national service and the impact they are having in their communities. This event provides national service programs an opportunity to help policy makers better understand what national service is and how the various programs work to address challenges within their community and improve the quality of life in Utah. Continue reading

Arts Day on the Hill

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Save the date for the 2017 Arts Day on the Hill, February 14th.

Patrons and leaders of the arts and humanities will meet and talk with their state senators and representatives in the Capitol Rotunda. Be among the arts-interested individuals and organizations that will gather to celebrate the arts and meet with their state representatives. Contact David Wicai at 801-236-7547 for more information.

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2017 American Indian Caucus Day at the Capitol

Every year the Utah Division of Indian Affairs (UDIA) invites state and tribal leaders, legislators, community members and partners to attend our annual America Indian Caucus Day at the Capitol.  Caucus Day provides an opportunity for state government to maintain and strengthen its relationship with Utah’s eight sovereign tribal nations by encouraging discussions between state and tribal leaders.

Please join us at our annual American Indian Caucus Day at the Capitol on Monday, February 6, 2017, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. in the auditorium of the Utah State Office Building. We will provide more information as details are finalized.

 

Utah #1 in volunteering for 11th year

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Utah continues to lead the country in volunteer rates, according to data released Nov. 15 by the Corporation for National and Community Service. The release of the Volunteering and Civic Life in America report marks the 11th year Utah has led the nation in total volunteerism.

According to the report, Utah is the only state to achieve a total volunteerism rate above 40 percent. Utah had 43 percent of their residents volunteer, while the second-highest state, Minnesota, had 35 percent of their residents volunteer.

Volunteer activities, which can include everything from distributing food to mentoring to coaching youth sports, will prove even more important as a way to strengthen communities. In a country often divided on political lines, volunteering can provide a bridge between differences.

“Utahns have a strong history of volunteering and building their communities through service, which this ranking reflects,” Gov. Gary R. Herbert said. “Our greater sense of cooperation and charity makes for a more civil, generous society.”

The Volunteering and Civic Life in America report is part of a comprehensive study of volunteering and civic engagement in the United States. Annual data on volunteering and civic activities was collected from Americans age 16 and older through the Current Population Survey conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau.

According to the data, 844,023 Utah residents volunteered a total of 170 million hours of service. Those volunteer hours translated to an economic benefit of $3.8 billion. Additionally, 65 percent of Utah residents donated $25 or more to charity.

Three cities in Utah also ranked high in the report. Ogden claimed the top spot for mid-size cities from Provo, which fell to second. Salt Lake City has the second-highest percentage of residents volunteering among large cities.

Looking for opportunities to volunteer in your community? Visit our resources page.

 

2017 Utah Teen Video Challenge (TVC)

The Challenge:

Create a video promoting summer reading at the public library and interpreting the Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP) 2017 teen slogan “Build a Better World” and you could win $100.

Who can enter:

  • Any Utah teen aged 13-18
  • It can be one person or a team effort

How to enter:

  • Download the 2017 Entry Form (PDF). Read all the instructions provided on the entry form.
  • Download the Model Release Form (PDF). Anyone may appear in the video and every person appearing in your video MUST complete a model release form.
  • Explore the resources.
  • Create a 30 – 90 second video that encourages teens to read and use the library. Include an interpretation of the 2017 teen slogan “Build a Better World”.
  • Title the video “2017 TVC-UT-unique name” (same as entry form).
  • Upload the video to YouTube or Vimeo.
  • Fill out and sign the entry form. Everyone must fill out and sign the model release forms completely.
  • Mail the forms by February 15, 2017 to the address on the entry form.

In 2017, one winning video created by a teen or group of teens will be selected as the state winner in the national CSLP “2017 Teen Video Challenge.” If you are chosen as the winner, you will be asked to mail a DVD of the video and a brief written summary for full accessibility. The DVD should have a minimum of a 640 x 480 aspect ratio. A DVD video or .vmv format is preferred. State winner’s videos will be shared with libraries across the country.

About the 2017 Teen Video Challenge – The Fine Print

Eligibility

The “2017 Teen Video Challenge” is open only to legal U.S. aged 13 -18. Participants are ineligible if directly related to the panel of judges for the contest. By participating, entrants agree to be bound by these Contest Rules.

Each participant or group may submit one video per entry.  Each entry must include signed model release form(s). A DVD of the video will be requested from the winner.

Terms and Conditions

All audio and artwork must be created by the entrant or be in the public domain and must be specified as such on the entry form. CSLP (and all CSLP member affiliates) have permission to use the “2017 Teen Video Challenge” submissions, including all work created and all intellectual property embodied therein, as per the Contest Release form. See 2017 Teen Video Challenge Resources  for more information on public domain.

Video Criteria for Acceptance

All videos must:

  • Be 30 to 90 seconds.
  • Promote the idea of using public libraries and reading.
  • Include your interpretation of the 2017 CSLP teen slogan “Build a Better World”
  • Be designed for use at any library.
  • Be appropriate for viewing by audiences of all ages.

 Video will be judged on the following criteria

  • Creativity
  • Message clarity and relevance
  • Motivation and inspiration
  • Overall impact

About the Teen Video Challenge

The Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP) and the Utah State Library annually search for excellent videos created by teens to promote the Teen Summer Reading Programs. Any teen, aged 13 -18, can enter the Utah Teen Video Challenge. The challenge is to create a 30-90 second video that promotes Summer Reading to teens and uses the CSLP teen slogan for the current year.

For more information or assistance contact:

Sharon Deeds
Youth Services Coordinator
Phone Number (801) 715-6742 or (800) 662-9150 (Utah toll-free)
Email address sdeeds@utah.gov
 

Circleville Massacre Memorial

Circleville MonumentIn April 1851, Mormon settlers in Circleville, a small hamlet in central Utah Territory, slit the throats of as many as 30 men, women, and children belonging to the Paiute Koosharem band. The massacre happened during the Black Hawk War because of unfounded fears by the settlers that the band posed a threat.

Despite being the worst atrocity committed against Native Americans in Utah, the massacre is not well known. Circleville residents—none original descendants of the perpetrators—do not much discuss it. The massacre is hardly mentioned in general histories of the state, and even the Paiute people know little of what happened to their ancestors.

That will begin to change, however, when the victims will be memorialized with a new memorial in Circleville. The memorial will provide a solemn place of contemplation and commemoration to honor the victims of one of Utah history’s saddest episodes. Continue reading

NHPA 50 Year Anniversary

Join the nationwide celebration for the 50th Anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) in 2016. This Act transformed the face of communities throughout the United States and Utah by establishing a framework and incentives to preserve historic buildings, landscapes, and archaeological sites.  Coordinated through Preservation50.org, the nationwide celebration is designed to inform and engage all ages and backgrounds in this significant law’s effects on local communities and history. Since 1966, the NHPA has shaped preservation efforts on America’s history and culture while generating positive social and economic impacts. In 2015, the Utah State Historic Preservation Office (formed in 1973) gathered stakeholders to organize a year of events and to gather engaging stories and media for the celebration.

This website is a portal to a year of events and activities that cover all corners of Utah.

Events Calendar     Media     Preservation Apps     Links     Partners

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Shipwreck at the Great Salt Lake