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    A Survey of Contemporary Photography in Utah July 18, 2019 through January 12, 2020 Since its invention, photography has played a role in constructing and projecting Utah’s identity. Yet the most prominent images often reflect government and corporate interests, from the nineteenth-century promotion of Manifest Destiny to today’s marketing of the outdoor recreation industry. While our beloved landscapes­­­—unique, vast, and varied—are a deep source of pride, they represent only part of what Utah is as a place and people. DE | MARCATION, a limited-edition portfolio surveying the work of Utah contemporary photographers, challenges traditional notions of the West and highlights the state’s complexity. Produced in 2018, the portfolio reflects Utah’s increasing cultural diversity with the majority of its twenty contributing photographers being born outside of Utah, and five outside the United States. Utah’s remarkable and (popular, or often photographed?) landscape does resonate in the works, but it plays a supporting role to gender and power studies, to the investigation of the built environment, and to documentary and conceptual performance practices—all aspects of (recent, or contemporary?) global photographic inquiry. More than a physical object, the unique portfolio represents a generous act of building and supporting community. DE | MARCATION is the brainchild of artist Amy Jorgensen, executive director of Granary Arts and the head of photography at Snow College. Jorgensen and artist Ed Bateman, University of Utah associate professor of photography and digital imaging, involved a network of artists and arts professionals from across the state and beyond to communally determine the content and scope of the portfolio. For instance, the U’s Book Arts Program played a key role with Red Butte Press, the program’s letterpress publishing imprint, producing the portfolio’s non-photographic materials including its bespoke clamshell box. Many voices had input in shaping DE | MARCATION, and the very act of creation galvanized a community by recognizing a photographic strength and uniting creative networks. The Utah Museum of Fine Arts is honored to extend the project’s spirit of generosity and community building by acquiring and exhibiting the significant work. DE | MARCATION is emblematic of our thriving creative community, but it also presents a de-centered understanding of place, one that is multifaceted and inextricably connected to a globalized world. Within the UMFA’s collection, this insightful snapshot of ideas and attitudes will yield information and inspire creativity for visitors, students, researchers, and artists for a long time. Artists included in the portfolio include: Kimberly Anderson, Christine Baczek, David Baddley, Edward Bateman, David Brothers, Van Chu, Samuel Davis, Daniel George, Haynes Goodsell, Mark Hedengren, Amy Jorgensen, Natalie Kirk, Karalee Kuchar, Carsten Meier, Bernard C. Meyers, Andrew Patteson, Kim Raff, Nancy E. Rivera, Fazilat Soukhakia, and Josh Winegar  

  • Sky Above, Earth Below: A History of Western Lands

    Sky Above, Earth Below” traces the development of western landscape photography from the late 19th century to the 21st century

    “Sky Above, Earth Below” traces the development of western landscape photography from the late 19th century to the 21st century, starting with early American photographers like Myra Albert Wiggins, Edward Curtis, and Karl Struss and concluding with contemporary photographers like Barry Andersen, Kimberly Anderson, Karalee Kuchar, and Charlotte Trolinger. The exhibition includes work from members of the Seattle Camera Club, FSA (Farm Security Administration), f/64 (a group of 20th-century photographers known for precise exposures and depiction of natural forms) and contemporary photography portfolios such as American Roads (printed in 1981), The Museum Project (printed in 2015), and DEMARCATION (printed in 2018).

  • Exhibit: Go Figure! with artists Terrece Beesley,

    This November, the Eccles Art Center, 2580 Jefferson Avenue, Ogden, will feature the exhibit “Go Figure! Five artists interpret the figure in paint” which will include art by Terrece Beesley, Sue Martin, Mary Pussey, Joy Nunn and Joan Zone.  A reception for the artists and an evening of holiday shopping is planned for Friday Art Stroll, November 1, 2019 from 5 to 8 p.m. The exhibits continue through November 27, 2019. The Eccles Art Center staff approached Terrece Beesley to curate this exhibits.  She reveals “When five artists set off to interpret the figure in paint, you may be sure there will be some surprises.  There are as many interpretations as there are artists and subjects. Who knew “figures” might include dogs and lizards?” Beesley, who included her work in the exhibit, continues “I am fascinated by scenes with which we are familiar, the icons of our daily life.  The people, places, and objects in my paintings speak volumes about our culture…. I usually combine several photos for my final drawing. I look intently at my subjects, striving for the correct perspective, attitude, or sly smile that will bring them to life.” Sue Martin of her paintings divulges, “Ever since my sister and I rescued a dog early this year, I’ve become fascinated with dog-dog and owner-owner interactions. I’ve spent a lot of time taking pictures of dogs and their owners, and I’ve enjoyed painting this series of “Best Friends,” with an emphasis on the dogs.” Artist Mary Pussey explains “In recent times, I have found a new interest in having figures in my watercolors…. What I paint is a representation of what I see and feel, with no attempt at a realistic likeness.  So, these figures are representations of feelings as I paint en plein air and in the studio. Go Figure!” In the same matter, artist Joy Nunn notes, “Painting figures is always a challenge and, for me, a journey…. Lately, I have decided to abandon the restrictions of realism and have been exploring the relationship between the linear qualities of a figure and elements of abstraction around or with it, in order to develop the actual subject of my work which is an expression of a thought, feeling, or mood.” Joan Zone finishes “My figures are seldom real but, more often, my imagination at play.  I simplify shapes, exaggerate colors, add texture and pattern to create figures with attitude, emotion, or a story to tell.  Often I place them in whimsical context…. I’ve been influenced by the abstracted and whimsical work of such master artists as Picasso and Chagall. We invite you to visit the Eccles Art Center and its galleries. Regular galleries hours are Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The art center will be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday, November 28 through December 1, 2019. For more information, call us at 801-392-6935

  • Power Couples: The Pendant Format in Art

    A pair of iconic tabletop seasonings. Secret lovers. Well-heeled newlyweds. Gothic churches. Iconic landscapes. Kittens. Power Couples: The Pendant Format in Art explores works of art conceived as pairs and examines how timeless pairings from sixteenth-century Europe to contemporary Utah illuminate of-the-moment ideas.   Curator of European, American, and regional art Leslie Anderson conceived and organized the exhibition, the first of its kind devoted to a comprehensive look at the pendant format and the artistic strategies at play in such works. Drawing chiefly from the Museum’s dynamic collection, Power Couples explores how artists have used the pendant format across media, cultures, and time periods to explore gender roles and social status; to present moments of before-and-after, cause-and-effect and departure-and-return; and to compare and contrast familiar stories and ideas.   Visitors are encouraged to engage with these concepts through a variety of in-gallery experiences such as dressing up to create your own pendant, a magnet board that allows you to change and disrupt the gender roles of Barthel Bruyn the Younger’s Portrait of a Gentleman andPortrait of a Lady (ca.1555–1565), and more.   Visitors will find new acquisitions, perennial favorites and rarely seen, recently conserved objects of European, American and Asian art as well as select loans from other museums in a variety of mediums: paintings, prints, sculpture, photographs and video art.   Sponsors Support for Power Couples is provided by curatorial sponsor Marriner S. Eccles Foundation, conservation sponsor Ann K. Stewart Docent Conservation Fund, and programming sponsor Carolyn & Kem Gardner.   Admission Entrance to Power Couples is included in the price of general admission. Admission is free the first Wednesday and third Saturday of each month. See umfa.utah.edu/visit for details.  

  • The Fine Art Photography by Deb Bice Gallery Show

    • Wednesday, November 06, 2019 at 10:00 AM – November 15, 2019
    • The DiFiore Center in Saint George, UT

    The Fine Art Photography by Deb Bice will take you on a journey through countless travel adventures globally as well as photography from her yearly 3-4 month camping trips across the United States. Artist Reception will be held on October 4, 2019 from 6:00-8:00 pm. Gallery Show is October 1, 2019 to November 15, 2019 DiFiore Center: 307 North Main Street, St George, Utah 84770 Hours: Monday 10:00 am-4:30 pm Tuesday –Saturday 10:00 am -6:00 pm

  • Social Dance Beginner Class: Learn Basics of Waltz

    • Wednesday, November 06, 2019 at 07:00 PM – December 04, 2019
    • DF Dance Studio in Salt Lake City, UT
    No more sitting out! Be confident at weddings and parties, and dance the night away at special events!

    Imagine living in a world where you LOVE weddings & parties because you KNOW how to dance confidently with a partner! This Social Dance Crash Course will give you all the skills you need to spend an enjoyable night on the dance floor. Save your spot early. Register for Social Ballroom Dance Class No partner required, no prior experience needed. We'll cover the basics of four dance styles so you can dance to any song that the DJ puts on. You'll gain a variety of steps to keep you dancing throughout the night. Wednesdays, 7-8pm Join 1st Wednesday of any month Beginners are welcome and no partner is required      

  • Bachata - Smooth & Sensual Latin Dance Classes

    • Thursday, November 07, 2019 at 06:00 PM – December 05, 2019
    • DF Dance Studio in Salt Lake City, UT
    Learn to dance one of the most popular Latin dance styles - BACHATA - in Salt lake city Utah

    Feel CONFIDENT showing off your new moves at our Salsa Bachata Socials Friday socials! Turn some heads at the club and come learn the basics to the smooth and sensual Bachata! No partner required!! Level 1 classes Thursdays @6 starting every month! Everyone is welcome! Pre-register online: https://www.dfdancestudio.com/bachata-dancing-utah.html Cost: $120/12 class punch card / 12 weeks or $15/single class drop in Info: 801.466.0490 https://www.dfdancestudio.com/bachata-dancing-utah.html Find your tribe by attending these Bachata classes, our dance community is friendly & welcoming.

  • Flamenco with Props

    Flamenco dance class with complementos (props) including shawls, castañuelas, fans and MORE! This class is for intermediate dancers.

    For the Fall session we're focusing on Seguiriyas with castañuelas and Alegrías with fans. $45/month or $15/class

  • Two-Headed

    Pygmalion Theatre Company begins its 2019/2020 season with “Two-Headed,” by Utah playwright Julie Jensen, directed by Fran Pruyn, from Nov. 8 to Nov. 23.

    Pygmalion Theatre Company begins its 2019/2020 season with “Two-Headed,” by Utah playwright Julie Jensen, directed by Fran Pruyn, from Nov. 8 to Nov. 23. The play begins in Utah in 1857—the year more than 100 California-bound immigrants traveling from Missouri and Arkansas were killed in what became known as the Mountain Meadows Massacre. Hettie and Lavinia, 10-year-old friends at the time, know about the nearby massacre, an event that will haunt them for the rest of their lives. We follow their friendship through 40 years (set at 10-year intervals) as they each find their place in an intolerant, patriarchal Mormon society and the polygamy it espouses. The relationship between the women is tested when Hettie marries Lavinia's father, a breach of trust that Lavinia condemns. Lavinia's lifelong hatred of her father becomes clear when Hettie learns that her friend was an eyewitness to the Mountain Meadows Massacre—carried out by Mormons and planned by Lavinia's father.

  • Salsa Dance Lessons for Beginners in Utah

    • Monday, November 11, 2019 at 07:00 PM – December 02, 2019
    • DF Dance Studio in Salt Lake City, UT
    Learn how to Salsa Dance at Utah's #1 Dance Studio 7 years in a row!

    Come join us for our Salsa Level 1 Classes Monday's @7PM! Whether you're looking for a fun way to get your workout or you're wanting to learn the basics to start your salsa career, this is the class for you! Everyone is welcome, no partner required and complete beginners are our speciality:) Date/Time: Mondays at 7pm (New Students join 1st week of the month.) Info: https://www.dfdancestudio.com/salsa.html 801.466.0490