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Rio Gallery

The Rio & Alice Galleries were established as a free service to Utah artists and surrounding communities. These venues allow emerging artists, professional artists, and curators to collaborate in the process of exhibition-making as well as engage the community through thoughtful and innovative art-making and dialogue. The Rio Gallery is located in the grand lobby of the historic Rio Grande Depot.

Past Exhibitions

Monday – Friday 8 am – 5 pm | Open Saturdays from 10 – 2, Nov 11 – Apr 21 for Winter Market
Closed Sunday
300 S Rio Grande Street SLC, UT 84101
Free and open to the public

Exhibition Proposal Guidelines

Exhibition proposals will be accepted August 1 – September 3, 2018
**Due to special projects only the Alice Gallery will be accepting submissions in 2019**


July 13 – August 31, 2018

Gallery Stroll Opening Reception July 20, 2018, 6-9pm 

postmodernposh is a response to the #mainstream art scene where the art world has become more consumer-based and art is seen more as a luxury than anything else. Nolan Flynn and Mitchell Lee, the two #artists in this exhibition both carry approaches in their #artwork that antagonize this idea of #art.

Nolan Flynn’s #abstract #paintings are created one mark at a time, with each mark a reaction to the last. Flynn creates intrigue in his work by building up and removing layers of #paint with classical methods of oil paint additions, and atypical paint masking methods. Each layer has a different application, in many ways painting with no plan embracing the unknown which becomes interlinked within the framework. His creation process derails his audience making it almost impossible to track how each #painting was made. This method questions the seriousness of #painting while promoting a playful nature.

Mitchell Lee’s #portraits question the value of significance. He acknowledges the concepts of immortality and flattery that are associated with #classicalportraiture and challenges those ideas by creating #work on non-pristine #painting surfaces made from found-objects.

Flynn’s playful #abstractpaintings oppose Lee’s labored #portraits, but the two have collaboratively #curated a collection of their own work both in two and three-dimensional space with a thoughtful installation practice. The provided work challenges the transition away from the typical, white-cube gallery space, and the hierarchy of the #artworld with a #concurrent critique of the #mainstream #artscene.


Upcoming Exhibitions

Design Arts ’18  September 7 – October 19

Statewide Annual: Craft, Photography, and Video/Digital November 16 – January 11


Contact the Rio Gallery Manager
Felicia Baca at 801.245.7272

The Rio Gallery is a member of the

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