DOWNTOWN SLC PRESENTS ANNOUNCES ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
Tyler Bloomquist joins staff excited to make a positive impact on downtown’s cultural district.
SALT LAKE CITY (November 9, 2017) – Downtown SLC Presents is proud to introduce Tyler Bloomquist as Artistic Director. Bloomquist brings his experience as a designer and artist with a BA in Graphic Design from the University of Utah. Born in Salt Lake City, Bloomquist has lived downtown for 20 years, developing varied artistic practices. His range includes painting/drawing, printmaking, outdoor murals, photography, video/editing, graphic design, as well as music and DJing. Bloomquist recently held a showing of paintings at Fice Gallery, titled Confusion.
“Downtown SLC Presents is thrilled for the opportunity to implement the Cultural Core Action Plan,” said Downtown SLC Presents director of urban activation Kristin Beck. “This is a dynamic time for our urban center, and we are eager to have Tyler join our team, dedicated to growing downtown’s vibrancy in art and culture.”
The chief intent of creating the Cultural Core is to bring new audiences to participate in art and culture in the downtown area, along with expanding existing audiences. Bloomquist’s priorities will be to join a team tasked with creating a strategy to connect venues and disparate groups and create opportunities for people already engaged in downtown and/or the arts.
“Tyler comes with experience instructing students of the University of Utah’s Multidisciplinary Design department. He and his students have worked with the Downtown Alliance team to identify unused spaces downtown and his students designed ways to activate them,” said Jason Mathis, executive director of Downtown Alliance. “Recently, Tyler contributed to USUO’s marketing team as a graphic designer and is a talented visual artist. His close connection to downtown, relationship with the community and passion for art and culture in our urban center will complement our team and benefit our larger efforts.”
The Cultural Core represents an unprecedented commitment to build diverse audiences, support artistic endeavors and create a distinct sense of place for downtown. Downtown SLC Presents plans to work with artists, cultural organizations, performance groups, filmmakers, photographers, creative entrepreneurs, major institutions as well as business and property owners to build on the existing assets and create new cultural opportunities embraced by residents and visitors from across the Intermountain West.