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Fidalis Buehler: A search for identity in life and art

Fidalis Buehler: A search for identity in life and art

Identity is a tricky thing. It’s hard to know anymore if we are supposed to proudly declare our differences or attempt to blend them seamlessly into the larger tapestry; be aware of color, gender, ethnicity, or blind to it. The task is made more difficult for the hyphenated among us, those whose self is a...

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Between Where I Was and Here: Clinton Whiting's Home!/? explores the emotional dynamics of foster care

Between Where I Was and Here: Clinton Whiting’s Home!/? explores the emotional dynamics of foster care

Our attention was riveted first by the election. Then, the transition. And now by the new administration. Political engagement in America seems to be surging, with people from both sides of the political spectrum taking to the streets. One wonders, though, if that energy will be turned into more civic and social engagement as well....

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A Visual Testimony: Neglected during her lifetime, Minerva Teichert's illustrations for the Book of Mormon find a warm embrace from a new generation

A Visual Testimony: Neglected during her lifetime, Minerva Teichert’s illustrations for the Book of Mormon find a warm embrace from a new generation

In A Visual Testimony: Minerva Teichert’s Book of Mormon Paintings, Brigham Young University’s Museum of Art brings these paintings together — with a handful of related works — in an exhibit that celebrates the Mormon modernist’s vibrant talent and begs the question: why did it take so long for these works to become part...

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Painting on Hallowed Ground: A new exhibition and publication explore the landscapes of the Mormon Trail

Painting on Hallowed Ground: A new exhibition and publication explore the landscapes of the Mormon Trail

In a new exhibit and publication from The Church History Museum, John Burton, Josh Clare and Bryan Mark Taylor travel the Mormon Trail with paints in hand.

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Mapping the Territory: Archipelagoes, Oceans, Americas at BYU's Library

Mapping the Territory: Archipelagoes, Oceans, Americas at BYU’s Library

A year before he went to Walden Pond, Henry David Thoreau burned down 300 acres of forest in its vicinity. An accident. During a fishing excursion to nearby Fairhaven Pond, Thoreau’s campfire sparked a grass fire that quickly spread to the surrounding woodlands and almost engulfed the town of Concord, proving that even in escaping...

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All the World's a Studio: Mundi Project brings pianos - and now art - to the world

All the World’s a Studio: Mundi Project brings pianos – and now art – to the world

Everybody deserves a piano. Or at least access to one. That’s the basic idea behind Mundi Project, a Utah non-profit which is celebrating its 10-year anniversary this month with a live music-and-art-making performance at the Visual Art Institute. Founded by Executive Director Hana Janatova, Mundi donates, repairs, and tunes pianos for individual families and public...

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This is Getting Serious: Zaq Landsberg's Zaqistan and the Age of Irony

This is Getting Serious: Zaq Landsberg’s Zaqistan and the Age of Irony

I can’t tell if Zaq Landsberg is simply having a good bit of fun or actually taking himself seriously. Landsberg is the founder of an art project in Utah’s west desert called Zaqistan, which consists of two rather inaccessible acres of scrubland that has been given the meta-contextual properties of a sovereign nation—there’s a flag,...

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Lessons Learned: On 15 Years of 15 Bytes

Call it persistence or call it foolishness, but we’ve been at this for 15 years. It was the first week in September of 2001 that 15 Bytes put together some basic html, a bunch of words and some small jpeg images and posted its first edition online. Earlier that summer, at the booth I had...

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Spaces that Define: Andrew Rice at UMOCA

Spaces that Define: Andrew Rice at UMOCA

  Andrew Rice’s new works, on exhibit at the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art’s Projects Gallery, are filled with dark masses, scrubbed in black oil sticks, covering a rainbow of hues that struggle to emerge through the darkened planes. They define abstracted interior spaces, corners of large rooms, two-sometimes-three-stories high, with simple, cutout spaces suggesting...

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Purple Rain. And Yellow and Red: Sibylle Szaggars Redford at the Kimball Art Center

Purple Rain. And Yellow and Red: Sibylle Szaggars Redford at the Kimball Art Center

Sibylle Szaggars was in her high desert home in the southwest of New Mexico when the idea for the rain paintings came to her. It was 2010 and the monsoon rains, visible for miles in the distance, would arrive regularly in the afternoon. She decided to lay one of her watercolors outside to see what...

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Reclamation Projects: Carol Berrey and Simon Blundell at the BDAC

Reclamation Projects: Carol Berrey and Simon Blundell at the BDAC

All of us — well, most of us — have become conscientious recyclers, making sure to set aside our plastic bottles and aluminum cans so they can be turned into bicycles, or our cardboard and paper products so they can, well, be turned back into paper and cardboard. But Carol Berrey, now showing at the...

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Sustained Gaze: Sunny Taylor's Resolutions at Julie Nester Gallery

Sustained Gaze: Sunny Taylor’s Resolutions at Julie Nester Gallery

What does one say about abstract art? It neither depicts a scene nor tells a story. It does not reference, investigate, or negotiate — or any number of the vague, Latinate verbs endemic to curatorial statements these days— anything. It is, in a term which has been largely forgotten in favor of its better-known-but-less-accurate cousin,...

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