Utah Visual Arts News (April 10)

April 2017


Alice Gallery
MAR 10 - MAY 5, 2017

Please join us for the Gallery Stroll reception April 21st,6-9pm

The Great Good Place exhibits the work of a group of emerging artists fascinated with the history of the two-dimensional image and its relentless search for an Arcadia or Utopia. The works exhibited will showcase how the artists attempt to reach their own form of escape and peace. Artists include Greg Caldwell, Aloe Corry, Pearl Corry, Madeline Rupard, David Raleigh, and Lim Kheng Saik. Read the current review in 15 Bytes, and make sure to visit us for the Gallery Stroll artist reception on April 21, 2017
Image: Pearl Corry, Various Ills, Oil and chalk on canvas, 2016
Rio Gallery
MAR 17 - MAY 12, 2017

The artists in this exhibition—Jared Clark, Christopher Lynn, Abraham Kimball, Allan Ludwig, Joseph Penrod, and Jean Richardson—each have a unique take on the possibilities of painting, or the possibilities of how painting’s mores can be used to frame other practices. Read the current review in 15 Bytes
Image: Rio Gallery, Specific Abject opening reception
Utah State Capitol
DEC 22, 2016 - APR 21, 2017

This Land is an exhibition of selected works from the State of Utah Fine Art Collection. The works included range from the early 1900s to 2015 and feature important Utah artists such Ada C. Irvine, LeConte Stewart, V Douglas Snow, and Florence Ware, among many others. Read more here.
Image: LeConte Stewart, Abandoned, ca. 1950

MAY 4, 2017

Scholarships are currently available for individual artists, educators, and students for the Mountain West Arts Conference thanks to Art Works for Kids and the Stewart Family Foundation. The Mountain West Arts Conference is designed to help individuals and organizations in the arts community access essential resources and create community connections throughout Utah and the Mountain West. Full schedule and registration here


Traveling exhibitions provide public access to quality visual art, nurture understanding of diverse art forms and cultures, promote creativity, and encourage cultural activities in local communities. Exhibitions are curated as a collaborative partnership with local artists, arts organizations and institutions. Utah museums, colleges, university and community galleries, arts and cultural centers, libraries and schools can register for the exhibitions annually. Stay tuned for the 2017-2018 registration information
Image: Liberty Blake, The Meadow After the Climb, 2015


Victoria Panella Bourns has been named the director of the The Utah Division of Arts & Museums. Panella Bourns has directed the Salt Lake County Zoo, Arts, and Parks (ZAP) program for the past 12 years. The program distributes approximately $14 million annually to more than 170 arts and cultural organizations. Prior to joining ZAP, she assisted cultural organizations and other nonprofits with strategic planning, board development, and executive searches through Panella Consulting. “Victoria has been a leader in the arts community for decades,” said Jill Remington Love, executive director of the Department of Heritage & Arts. “She’s familiar with the division’s role and will have an immediate, positive influence on its many programs.” Throughout her career, Panella Bourns has worked for some of Utah’s premier organizations, including Repertory Dance Theater, KUER, and Salt Lake Acting Company. Read the full press release, and the current article on Victoria in 15 Bytes.
Image above by Zoe Rodriguez

Tracy Hansford is the new Community Arts Coordinator at the Utah Division of Arts & Museums. Tracy was born and raised in Salt Lake City. She attended Westminster College and has been working in Utah Symphony | Utah Opera’s Education Department for the last five years. The Community Arts team works with artists, professionals, community leaders, local arts councils, museums and municipalities to promote and expand arts and culture in Utah through training, technical assistance, networking events and conferences. 


The Utah Division of Arts & Museums proudly announces Jonathan Frioux of Holladay and Jean Richardson of Salt Lake City as the $10,000 Visual Arts Fellowship recipients for 2017. This year’s juror, Gilbert Vicario, is The Selig Family Chief Curator at the Phoenix Art Museum. He selected both of the fellowship winners, who will receive the funding to further their artistic goals and professional development. “As the sole juror, I was pleased to get a sense of the artistic territory of contemporary artists living in Utah,” Vicario said. “A strong diversity of materials, gestures and cultures gave me a profound sense of a community wholly committed to the practice of art making.” Read the full press release.


Don't miss the best of local exhibition Ops this month, including Bountiful Davis Art Center, Springville MOA, SLC Public Library, Craft Lake City, Finch Lane, and more. ArtOps is dedicated to bringing art opportunities to Utah artists. Opportunities are from local, national and international sources, and include exhibitions, residencies, funding, and professional development. 


The Division of Arts & Museums now offers professional development support for key board members, staff, or volunteers to attend training and workshops relevant to their work. Reimbursements for approved applications can total up to $200 for the cost of registration for these trainings.
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