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Rio Gallery

Located in the grand lobby of the old Rio Grande Depot, the Rio Gallery 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.

Coming to the Rio Gallery:

The Painted Veil

May 20 – July 8, 2016

An artist reception will be held on Friday, May 20 from 6 to 9 p.m. for
Salt Lake Gallery Stroll.

Veils are rich in symbolism and often thought of as pathways into other realms. They obscure and disguise while prompting curiosity about what lies beyond. Throughout history, the veil has served as a tool for artistic investigation: the veiled virgin sculptures of Strazza and Bernini, the nonrepresentational abstractions of Kandinsky, and the Muslim veil, which has become one of the most powerful symbols in contemporary visual culture.

Curator Jorge Rojas derived the exhibit title from Percy Bysshe Shelley’s poem, “Lift Not the Painted Veil,” in which the veil carries many meanings. The veil separates life and death, serves as a gateway between earthly and heavenly realms, a curtain that one must part to discover true love, and even a cosmic veil that must be pierced to glimpse the mysteries of our origins.

Using materials such as glass, paint, and resins, The Painted Veil works require the viewer to look through, into, or beyond the artwork. Several use transparency, translucency, and opacity to filter light and offer a glimpse into the artist’s engagement with the respective materials.

The Painted Veil features 15 Utah-based artists and includes painting, photography, sculpture, video, and installations by Trent Alvey, Jan Andrews, Christine Baczek, Jared Lindsay Clark, Daniel Everett, Jenevieve Hubbard, Sarinda Jones, Amy Jorgensen, Beth Krensky, Stephanie Leitch, Lizze Määttälä, Colour Maisch, Jared Steffensen, Roland Thompson, and Brian Usher.


Design Arts
September 9 – October 1

Statewide Annual
November 18 – January 13

Location & Hours

Rio Grande Depot, 300 South Rio Grande Street (455 West), Salt Lake City; 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday – Friday

Click HERE for information about the Art-o-mat.

Proposals for Rio Gallery Exhibitions

Proposals for exhibitions in Jan-Jul 2017 will be accepted August 1-September 1, 2016 Be sure to download the GUIDELINES prior to submitting your proposal online. Incomplete entries will not be accepted.


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Contact the Rio Gallery Manager
Felicia Baca at 801.245.7272

The Rio Gallery is a member of the

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