Visual Arts Newsletter: Utah Division of Arts and Museums

DesignArts, Iterations, Statewide Annual, and Utah in the news



Rio Gallery
SEPT  9 - OCT 21, 2016

Please join us for a closing celebration on October 21,6-9pm

DesignArts Utah ’16, is a juried exhibition highlighting the varied work of designers currently living in Utah. DesignArts annual exhibitions feature selections of designs, prototypes, and produced samples by designers in Utah’s various design fields. Works of 18 designers were selected by nationally recognized juror Jim Childress, and range from lighting design, furniture, skis, architecture, a wooden stereo, a tumbleweed lamp, a pour-over coffee stand, and more. 

The exhibition closing reception and celebration is October 21, 2016 from 6-9 pm during Salt Lake Gallery Stroll and will coincide with Salt Lake Design Week.
Alice Gallery
SEPT 16 - NOV 11, 2016

Please join us for a Gallery Stroll opening reception September 16, 6-9pm featuring guest classical guitarist Gabino Flores.

Inspired by artists past and present who are known for iterations (Cezanne, Monet, and Jasper Johns, to name a few), Sue Martin and Nancy Vorm give viewers a glimpse into their creative processes, both intensely introspective and playful. Sue Martin selected a single photograph taken on a trip to Zion National Park in February. She reflected on the times she has stopped at that very place, each time with a different travel companion, to snap a picture. Geological layering and erosion became a metaphor for layering and erosion of memory. “After three paintings, I set the photo aside and worked from memory,” Martin said. “Without all that detail in front of me, I could select those elements that were most memorable and play with color, line, and texture that expressed the essence of the memory.” Nancy Vorm’s abstract encaustic paintings incorporate inks, rust, monotype prints, and collaged elements to create a surface that is richly textured through many layers of beeswax. Her iterative journey began when a friend gave her some rusted metal pieces in flower shapes. With a roll of her eyes that said, “I don’t do flowers,” she nevertheless began to imagine ways to make the motif her own. Printing the rusted objects on paper, and using walnut and India inks on Kozo papers, she began to add patterns, then to overlap and layer elements, until the motif was less a flower and more a shape and texture to incorporate into her many-layered abstractions. Vorm’s use of Martin’s “layer” motif in some of her pieces was a nod to the collaborative spirit the two artists developed over the five months of working together.

Additionally the Alice Gallery will be open as part of Avenues Open Studios on Saturday, September 24, 2016, 11am-3pm.
Image: Sue Martin, Erosion 27, Oil, 2016.
Alice Gallery
JUL 15 - SEPT  9, 2016

Thanks to City Weekly for this articleon Architecture of Place. "Local artists have often created depictions of architecture, perhaps as a way of contemplating its effects. The state of Utah's permanent art collection includes many of these depictions, and Architecture of Place assembles 20 of these works at the Alice Gallery for a survey of the subject. And while it only features 20 pieces from a collection of over 1,400, it's nevertheless a remarkable distillation."

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
Image: Ada C. Irvine, City, Serigraph, n.d.


This month we're introducing you to our second esteemed juror for Statewide Annual, Utah '16: Mixed Media and Works on Paper. 

Jim Robischon is the owner and director of Robischon Gallery in Denver, CO. He has been an art dealer and gallery owner in Denver, Colorado, for over forty years. Hundreds of exhibits have been mounted over these four decades, including solo shows for historically important artists such as Christo, Judy Pfaff, Ann Hamilton, Robert Motherwell, Robert Rauschenberg, Richard Serra, Bernar Venet and Manuel Neri. Robischon’s gallery program includes international, national, and regional artists as well, along with a continuing mission to present both emerging and mid-career artists in order to highlight and emphasize the broader artistic discourse. In the early 1990’s Robischon founded Denver’s Lower Downtown Arts District, The Denver Gallery Guide, The Denver Art Dealers Association and the city’s First Friday’s gallery art events. In 1996, Robischon was selected as one of only three American dealers to represent works from the Estate of Robert Motherwell. He has raised significant funds for acquisitions for the Modern & Contemporary Art Department of the Denver Art Museum over the years, including for artwork on long term loan for the White House in the Jacqueline Kennedy Garden. 

Guidelines, juror bios, registration information, and more can be found here. 


Laura Durham has accepted a new position at KUED Channel-7 in their Creative Services Department. Laura worked in the visual arts program for 12 years where she was instrumental in establishing the Rio Gallery as a free exhibition space for Utah's artists. Most recently she has worked in marketing and communications to unify the division's branding and communicate the public value arts and museums bring to Utahns. If you see her out in the community, please give her a warm congratulations. She will be missed. 


Check out these two fantastic articles highlighting Utah and our vibrant arts scene.
Top Ten Cities For Creatives

Utah tops the nation in attending arts events
See the research here.
Image courtesy Salt Lake Tribune


Arts Project Grants and Folk Arts funding have deadlines coming up in early November. To find our more click here


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.

Additionally, our video profile on David Brothers in collaboration with 15 Bytes is now live! Take a few minutes to learn more about David's practice and get a sneak peek at his amazing studio.
Image by Russel Daniels, Pictured-David Brothers

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