RELEASE: Céline Downen @ UMOCA (April 28 - Aug 5)

 20 S West Temple, Salt Lake City, UT 84101
TUES - THUR & SAT 11 AM - 6 PM | FRI 11 AM - 9 PM | 
 April 11, 2017
Image Courtesy of the Artist
UMOCA Presents Céline Downen: Beehive Works
Salt Lake City, UT -  The Utah Museum of Contemporary Art (UMOCA) is thrilled to present Céline Downen's Beehive Works, a community created exhibition that began as an after-school program at the Glendale Library, led by UMOCA's first Educator-In-Residence. 
Is home a place that exists permanently or is it something we create and bring with us? What happens when a diverse group of children create individual feathers, and then assemble them into wings? How can everyday kitchen items become tools for printmaking? What does it look like what a child expresses themselves through weaving, a craft practiced globally for thousands of years? These are questions that Downen's Art in the Community students at the University of Utah asked youth at Glendale Library.  
Strong communities are collections of individuals working together. Everyone contributes. Mothers, fathers, children, students, neighbors, caregivers, dreamers, storytellers, scientists, educators, entrepreneurs, artists... We all have something to give. The beehive symbolizes this idea of industry and collaboration.

Built with the idea of creating a true community space, the Glendale Library is located in the Glendale neighborhood just west of downtown, a popular after-school hangout for many kids in the area. Downen's University of Utah students spent four weeks facilitating art workshops geared toward all ages. The end result is a collaboration of colors, patterns, thoughts, and conversations, where participants made not only the objects in the exhibition, but also new human connections.
Instructor - Céline Downen
Teaching Assistant - Karen Southam
Students - Leah Caldwell, Andrea Canedo, Juniper Hayes, Miranda Klausmeier, Annette Mehr, David Sadler, Celine Saenz, Christina Shulze, Kayla Sudweeks, Taylor Pace, and Lauren Rock. 
Matchbox Art Public Workshop
What can you do with a 1 1/4" X 2" canvas? Since its introduction at the 1855 Paris Expo, the matchbox has found its own little place in design history. From Sweden to India, matchbox design has ranged from minimalist to ornate. In this public workshop led by Céline Downen, we will find inspiration from Mexican matchbox art to artist books, and explore what kind of tiny masterpieces we can create with our Educator-In-Residence. Join us Wednesday, May 10 from 6 to 8 p.m. for this fun, free event! RSVP is preferred, so please contact Elly Baldwin at or by phone at 801-328-4201x124
About Céline Downen
Céline Downen pieces together community voices with elements of her natural surroundings to create a sense of place. Her artistic process can be summed up in three words: gather, piece, and stitch. Gather represents the collecting of materials, piece is the various processes used, and stitch is the end result, how everything comes to fruition. Trained as a photographer, Downen also explores mediums such as printmaking, book arts, and sculpture. She is UMOCA's first Educator-In-Residence. Downen grew up in Salt Lake City and moved to Evanston, IL when she was eleven. She graduated with a B.A. in Photography from Columbia College in 1996, returning to Utah in 2006. In 2016, she completed an MFA in Community-Based Art Education at the University of Utah, where she currently teaches "Art in the Community." She is also the director of community outreach for the Downtown Artist Collective. 

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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.
UMOCA is a 501c3 institution that is supported by public foundation, and corporate gifts. Your donation in any amount is greatly appreciated, and admission is a $5 suggested donation.

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