News: The Art Truck's "whereABOUTS" @ UMOCA (Oct. 4)

IMMEDIATE RELEASE | October 4, 2016

 

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Mapping Identities:  
whereABOUTS
UMOCA presents Michael Anthony García and Jaime Salvador Castillo
ED. SPACE: AUG 2017
ART TRUCK: 2016 - 2017

 
 
 
UMOCA wishes to correct the donors cited in the sixth section of this press release. 
 
 
 
Salt Lake City, UT- The Utah Museum of Contemporary Art (UMOCA) is pleased to present Michael Anthony García and Jaime Salvador Castillo's whereABOUTS  as the 2016-17 Art Truck exhibition.
 
García and Castillo's whereABOUTS is an immersive and interactive installation that investigates location, identity, and community. The Art Truck, which will display artist-altered maps, will travel throughout different communities and schools in Utah where students will learn about mapping as a way to understand and express relationships between identity and place.
 
What is a "map" and who determines its definition? How are place and identity connected? What makes a community, and how has your environment influenced you? These, among many others, are the questions that García and Castillo ask community members to contemplate through their installation. By combining visual map characteristics and the voices and experiences of diverse communities, whereABOUTS is an exhibit that is more than a reflection of our location: it is a reflection of the relationships we have between each other and the places we live.
 
Students will explore their own communities through creative map-making of their neighborhoods. whereABOUTS aims to connect students from different communities all across Utah and will provide opportunities for visitors to learn about experiences outside their own. Student-generated art maps will remain in the Art Truck as part of the installation from school to school. These collected maps, along with Castillo and García's pieces, will make up an important part of this exhibit.  
 
Utahns are also encouraged to contribute to the project by submitting digital artwork to thewhereABOUTS project all year long. Share photographs of your community on social media and tag #whereabouts #arttruck #utahmoca. These images will be digitally displayed throughout the year at storify.com/utahmoca/whereabouts, as well as being included in the culminating whereABOUTS exhibition, opening at UMOCA in the fall of 2017.
 
 
 
About the Artists
 
Born in El Paso but raised in Austin, Michael Anthony García earned his BFA at Austin College in 1996. A multi-disciplinary artist, García focuses predominantly on found-object nature, installation, and performance art. He has also worked extensively as an independent curator, helping found the powerhouse Austin-based curatorial collective Los Outsiders in 2007, alongside Jaime Castillo and Hector Hernandez. In 2012 and 2015, the collective was awarded Bes Group Show Curation by the Austin Critics' Table.  García has also won multiple awards for both his curatorial and artistic work. 
 
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, 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 2014-15. He was Chair of the Curatorial Board for Generous Art from 2014-15, 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. His current project, Eyes Got It, is an open art competition offering critical reviews and exhibition opportunities.

 
 
 
 
The Art Truck
 
The Art Truck is the only traveling educational art exhibit of its kind in Utah. The UMOCA Art Truck brings exciting and accessible contemporary art, created by leading local and national artists, directly to schools and community venues across the state. Each on-site visit by the Art Truck includes the expertise of a trained museum educator who leads students through a meaningful exploration of the current exhibition. Teachers are provided with structured lesson plans to supplement their tour and incorporate the Art Truck more deeply into their curriculum. 
 
Our Teacher Guides are available online atutahmoca.org/art-truck/ and provides insight on the exhibition, the artists and their work, the materials needed for class exercises, lesson plans, and more. Booking the Art Truck is available free-of-charge for 
a wide variety of educational and charitable purposes. For more information or to request a visit by the Art Truck, contact Madeline Savarese atmadeline.savarese@utahmoca.org or call801.328.4201 X 110
 
 
 
 
Art Truck Staff: Madeline Savarese
 
Madeline is UMOCA's Art Educator and spends much of her time traveling from city to city in the Art Truck. She facilitates all the Art Truck events and visits as well as creating lesson plans and activities for teachers. UMOCA is very pleased to have Madeline on board our staff and appreciates all her hard work regarding the Art Truck, one of our most impressionable and educational programs for kids. 
 
 
 
7th Annual Touch-a-Truck Event
 
On Oct 1 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., the Art Truck was present at the 7th Annual Touch-a-Truck Event, located at the Valley Fair Mall. Hosted by the Junior League of Salt Lake City, this event allows families to see the inner workings of all kinds of trucks and offers kids of all ages hands on experience to explore large vehicles. 
 
 
 
 
Thank You to Our Supporters:
Salt Lake County ZAP
The Jarvis and Constance Doctorow Family Foundation
Salt Lake City Arts Council
The State of Utah

 
 
 
 
About the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art
 
The Utah Museum of Contemporary Art has been an award-winning aesthetic force and community leader since it was established in 1931. Located in the heart of downtown Salt Lake City, UMOCA encourages exploration into what it means to exist in today's world through art that inspires imagination, stimulates thought, and transforms society. The Museum connects people around the contemporary art practice of Utah and beyond to shape an engaged and thoughtful global citizenry. UMOCA strives to be a place where all points of view, experiences, and ages feel welcome to explore the pressing issues of our time through socially relevant art exhibitions and programming.
UMOCA is a five-time recipient of funding from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and is a 2015 and 2016 recipient of the National Endowment for the Arts' Art Works grant award.
UMOCA is a 501c3 institution that is supported by public, foundation, and corporate gifts. Your contribution in any amount is greatly appreciated, and admission is a suggested $5 donation.

 
 
 
Utah Museum of Contemporary Art, 20 South West Temple, Salt Lake City, UT 84101
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