Newsletter: UDAM Visual Arts News (July)

JULY 2016


Rio Gallery
JUL 15 - SEPT  2, 2016

Please join us for Gallery Stroll, July 15, 6-9pm

The artists in DemoGraphics have conceived of a visual vocabulary to communicate in a language they have each created.The exhibition explores communication with a personal, visual language, asking the viewer to let the artwork be heard. The viewer is invited to engage visually, withholding a verbal assessment and giving the piece a chance to speak in its native tongue. Much like one would listen to a piece of music, these experiences can speak to the viewer in a place beyond their conscious mind. Using a variety of media including photography, oils, acrylics, wood, and collage, each of the seven artists have chosen their tools or “alphabet” and then their method or “language”. Exhibiting artists include Paige Anderson, Rebecca Klundt, Liberty Blake, Jenna von Benedikt, Justin Wheatley, Linnie Brown, and Joseph Ostraff.
Image: Paige Anderson, The Durative and Repetitive Present, Acrylic on panel, 2016
Alice Gallery
JUL 15 - SEPT  9, 2016

Architecture of Place takes a look at depictions of various structures and environments highlighted in the State of Utah Fine Art and Folk Art Collection. While some works in this exhibition depict Western or Utah specific locales such as Ada Rigby’s papercut of the Salt Lake Temple, or LeConte Stewart’s Cabin in the Hills, others such as Moishe Smith’s rendering of Jerusalem and Karl Pace’sDesert Town at Dusk take the viewer to more distant locations. Other works push the boundaries of real or concrete locations and structures and call into question notions of home or place. Works such as David Brothers’ Aydr presents a fictitious structure that takes on a fantastical tone with its distorted scale and precarious construction. Heidi Moller Somsen’s ceramic work of a small house titled Columbary conjures up ideas of home and final resting places. Curator, Felicia Baca said, “Architecture has long been subject matter in artworks both for the formal qualities and social commentary. Early examples include wall frescoes from the Roman villa at Boscoreal depicting life in 40-30 BC. The much later advent of photography enabled artists to capture and portray built environments that went far beyond mere documentation. Depictions of architecture often encapsulate moments in history and the significance of structures humans build, which can often reveal information about economic conditions, resources and geography, social norms and shifts in culture over time." Artists include, David Brothers, Daniel Everett, Andrea Jensen, LeConte Stewart, Ada C. Irvine, Jeronimo Lozano, Mary H. Teasdel, Heidi Moller Somsen and others. Works range from paintings, printmaking, photography, and sculpture.
Image: LeConte Stewart, Cabin in the Hills, Oil on canvas N.D.


Rio Gallery
MAY 20 - JUL 8, 2016

Thanks to everyone who attended the Gallery Stroll opening reception for The Painted Veil. Make sure to catch the exhibition before it closes July 8. Also, read the review here in 15 Bytes

Alice Gallery
MAY 13 - JUL 8

"The ambiguous relationship between patches of ground covered in debris and the fabrics speak to the connections between weaving cloth and myths of creation that occur in numerous cultures." Read the full review in 15 Bytes
Image: Downy Doxey-Marshall, Paradox, Oil on canvas, 2016


Exhibition proposals for both the Rio and Alice Galleries will be be open August 1- September 1, for exhibitions occurring March-July of 2017. The Rio & Alice Galleries were created as a service to Utah artists. They provide free venues for emerging and established artists to collaborate on exhibits and engage the community through art-making and dialogue.

NEW: Take a peek at our new webpage to see past exhibitions.


If you ride UTA Frontrunner, look for our new ads featuring our fellowship recipients Pam Bowman and David Brothers. We're launching a campaign to encourage everyone to look for and find art in every day encounters and experiences. Tell us what you find and use #ifindart. And if you want to learn more about these two amazing artists, please visit our Fellowship website
Image by Russel Daniels, Pictured-David Brothers

DEADLINE: JUL 15, 2016

Design submissions are being accepted for consideration by our Juror for inclusion in the Utah Division of Arts & Museums’ Design Arts Program. The exhibition runs September 9 – October 21, 2016. The exhibition closing reception and celebration is October 21, 2016 from 6-9 pm and will coincide with Salt Lake Design Week and Salt Lake Gallery Stroll at the Rio Gallery in Salt Lake City. Professional and student designers residing in Utah working in any media are encouraged to submit concepts, prototypes, and actual objects & designs. In the past we have had the honor of featuring architecture, fashion, landscape, graphic and information, lighting, industrial, sports equipment, furniture and more. 
Application here


ArtOps is dedicated to bringing art opportunities to Utah artists. Opportunities are from local, national and international sources, and include funding, exhibitions, residencies, and professional development. 


Utah State University Center for Clinical Excellence-The Selection Committee for this project wants to work with an artist(s) that reinforces this specialized facility as a warm, inviting, and soothing place; integrated with elements that inspire health and wellness; responsive to a diverse range of needs and abilities; a teaching tool for clinical research; accommodating to a variety of treatments for chronic physical, mental, and behavioral health conditions; comfortable and supportive to visiting families; and overall an environment that creates a sense of joy and hope. Budget: $81,000.


Submission for Statewide Annual '16: Mixed Media & Works on Paper will be due online October 18. Stay tuned for more information. 


Join us for Salt Lake Gallery Stroll at Liberty Park in the Chase Home Museum of Utah Folk Arts for a free art reception. Healing Through Art is a program initiated by the Holladay Arts Council, giving refugees living in Utah the tools to tell their stories through art. Select artwork from over 30 of the participants as well as artwork from the Utah Folk Art Collection will be on display. More information here.
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