MAPPING IDENTITY AND BUILDING COMMUNITY
UMOCA Presents the Culmination of Jaime Salvador Castillo and Michael Anthony García's whereABOUTS
ED SPACE: AUG 12 - DEC 9
OPENING RECEPTION: AUG 25 | 7 - 9 PM
Salt Lake City, UT - The Utah Museum of Contemporary Art (UMOCA) is thrilled to present the final exhibition component of Jaime Salvador Castillo and Michael Anthony García's whereABOUTSproject.
whereABOUTS was an immersive art installation created by Castillo and García for UMOCA's Art Truck. The project encouraged community members to investigate mapping as a visual tool for understanding, expressing and building relationships between place, identity and community. Utilizing the same name, this exhibition is a culmination of student artwork created over the past year at Art Truck visits to schools and community venues across the state of Utah.
In addition to providing opportunities for the Art Truck's 10,000 visitors to explore their own neighborhoods through individual map-making, whereABOUTS integrated participants' maps into the truck installation. As viewers used these maps to learn about experiences other than their own, whereABOUTS became a creative space for connecting diverse communities.
This museum exhibition in the final component of the whereABOUTS project. Castillo and García interpreted and reconfigured student maps, creating a new iteration of the work that emphasizes the ways in which youth navigate and find meaning in their communities.
whereABOUTS will also open with Cities of Conviction in the Main and Codec Galleries, Jason Handley's Shrinking Room in the A-I-R Space and Al Ahad's The Hijab Project in the Ed. Space.
Michael Anthony García
Born in El Paso but raised in Austin, Michael Anthony García earned his BFA from Austin College in 1996. A multidisciplinary artist, García focuses predominantly on found-object sculpture, installation, and performance art. García has also worked extensively as an independent curator, co-founding the powerhouse art collective Los Outsiders and curating many large-scale exhibitions for both local and international artists. A passionate creator, García has won multiple awards for both his curatorial and sculptural work.
Jaime Salvador Castillo
Jaime Salvador Castillo is an independent curator and the current Arts Commissioner of District 2 for the City of Austin. In 2005, he received his BFA in Studio Art from the University of Texas at Austin. A committed arts professional, Castillo has sat on the City of Austin's Art in Public Places Panel since 2009 and served as Chair from 2014-2015. He was the Chair of the Curatorial Board for Generous Art from 2014-2015, a founding member of Los Outsiders art collective until 2015, the portfolio advisor for "Young Artists @ Arthouse," and a contributing arts writer for The Austin Chronicle. Castillo has organized public discussions and curated local, regional and national artists in exhibitions. Castillo's current project, Eyes Got It, is an open art competition offering critical reviews and exhibition opportunities.
Castillo and García often collaborate, such as their work in the award-winning artistic and curatorial collective Los Outsiders. Formed in 2007, the collective seeks to engage with the community as well as develop creative platforms and artistic dialog for local, national, and international artists. Although Castillo has since left the collective, Los Outsiders continues to create opportunities for public engagement and creative place-making with video-podcasts, performances, symposiums and exhibitions.
About the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art
The Utah Museum of Contemporary Art (UMOCA) has advanced and elevated the community of contemporary arts and culture since it was established in 1931. UMOCA is a fearless voice for innovation, experimentation and dialogue surrounding the topics of our time. Located in the heart of Salt Lake City, UMOCA invites curiosity and promotes understanding of the challenging concepts that art and its reflective social commentary can present. UMOCA is a force for social transformation that unites all points of view, backgrounds, experience, and ages through pertinent art exhibitions and educational programming. UMOCA evokes change, challenges ideologies, celebrates triumph, and introduces an array of contemporary voices with in the Museum and throughout the community.
UMOCA is a five-time recipient of funding from the Andy Warhol Foundation and a 2015 and 2016 recipient of the Art Works Grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Arts.
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