Every five years, we check in with our public to answer an important but not always easy question: Who are the state’s most influential artists? These are not necessarily the “hottest” artists, they are not the most “honored” artists, but these are the artists who make a difference in Utah.
We left it to the public to decide what they felt “influential” meant. We wanted these artists to be nominated by their peers, those that have been able to see their influence first hand. We didn’t want the final 15 to be selected by some small committee of “experts.” Nor did we want it to be a popularity contest, with people’s Facebook accounts filled with pleas of “vote for me.” So we asked a pool of more than 150 people — artists, writers, administrators, patrons — to winnow the list down to 15.
And these are Utah’s Most Influential Artists:
Linda C. Smith
As we did with our first round of Utah’s 15 in 2014, we’ll be celebrating these artists with an exhibition and a book, both to come at the beginning of 2019.
THE “Utah’s 15” EXHIBITION
Jan.18 – March 8, 2019
Curated by Kandace Steadman
Join us Friday, Feb. 8, 2019, 6-8 p.m., for a book release party and artists’ reception at Salt Lake City’s Rio Gallery
Or Friday, Feb. 15, 2019, 6-9 p.m., for Gallery Stroll.
This exhibition is the culmination of a project that began with a simple (or not so simple) question: Who are the state’s most influential artists? The public responded, and here are the state’s most influential artists:
We’ll be celebrating their careers with examples of their works.
Location & Hours
Rio Grande Depot, 300 S. Rio Grande St. (455 West), Salt Lake City
- 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Mon. – Fri.
- Closed Sat. and Sun.
Utah’s 15: The State’s Most Influential Artists (Vol. II)
As part of our Utah’s 15 project we have been working on a book to examine the influence of these 15 artists.
Bound in gray linen, 90 pages, with essays on the artists by some of Utah’s best writers, photo portraits by Simon Blundell, and examples of their work, this is a unique publication on some of Utah’s most important artists.
You can pre-order your copy (or copies) with a (minimum) $25 donation/per book to Artists of Utah (if you would like your copy shipped, we will bill you separately for shipping costs).
This book is published with the support of:
Utah Division of Arts & Museums
The Doctorow Family Foundation
Essays by Laura Durham, Geoff Wichert, Scotti Hill, Maddie Blonquist, Hannah Sandorf Davis, Laura Hurtado, Shawn Rossiter, Calvin Jolley, Ann Poore, Amy Brunvand, Jann Haworth and Frank McEntire.