What would you come back to see if you could, after death? Would you want to sit in your favorite restaurant? The one you’d been in hundreds of times, with servers who you knew by name, even your own kin at the table? They wouldn’t be able to […]
In Art Access’s exhibition In Search of Homeland, Iranian artist Heydar Rasoulpour explores themes of personal identity and home in a series of abstracted figural paintings that evoke sentiments of unease and intrigue. Paired with Rasoulpour’s work are the abstract paintings of Clarence Bowman, works that vary widely […]
From the mountain nest that is Park City, the snowy roads bustle with ski-racked SUVs. Since it sits on a higher plateau than the smoggy Salt Lake Valley, the air is clear and you can see the tree-lined ridges above — a wintery second home for many people […]
Navajo photographer Eugene Tapahe blends new technology with old sensibilities and the resulting images are stunning. You can see them for yourself tonight at Alpine Gallery, 430 E. South Temple, next to Mrs. Backer’s Bakery, during Gallery Stroll. The artist will be there from 6-9 p.m. He gave […]
A feeling of almost baronial formality falls over you as you approach paintings by Heather Barron, a feeling you should straighten your clothes as you approach framed mirrors. Petits fours, anyone? In America, petits fours are received as a gift in a long, very shallow box: they’re a […]
The works in Vertical Obedience, Nolan Flynn’s upcoming exhibition at Finch Lane Gallery, bring together two ends along the timeline of contemporary abstraction, mixing Jason Craighead’s ephemeral mark making and exposed canvas with the subconscious notes scribbled within the compositions of Jean-Michel Basquiat’s paintings. In Flynn’s raw […]
“I’ve got a lot to do. That’s what keeps me around,” says Jeff Metcalf, who has been in a battle with cancer for the past 18 years, with many ups and downs during that time. He possesses a sense of purpose and determination that very few of us […]
This past weekend, Repertory Dance Theatre presented its fourth annual Emerge program, a collection of works choreographed by company dancers and staff. I appreciated that no unifying theme was forced on the show, so that each piece was free to be what it was. The evening opened with […]
“The strange and disconnected are the stuff of my creations.” – Marcee Blackerby Like Saint-Exupery’s The Little Prince, Salt Lake City author and artist Marcee Blackerby, born in Castle Dale 75 years ago, followed her star and left this planet around 1:15 a.m. on Dec. 30, 2019. […]
READ LOCAL First boasts Utah’s most comprehensive collection of accomplished writers who practice fiction, poetry, literary nonfiction, and memoir. This month we bring you Michael Mejia, author of the novels TOKYO and Forgetfulness, both published by FC2. Mejia’s fiction and nonfiction have appeared in many journals and anthologies, including AGNI, DIAGRAM, The […]
“In Sanpete County, as in other rural towns, you have to build the community you want to be a part of,” says artist Amy Jorgensen. Build she has.
Since 2005, Jorgensen has worked as an associate professor of visual arts, and photography area head, at Snow College in Ephraim, Utah, transforming the department from one with a strong focus in process to one informed by conceptual art practices. During her tenure there, she has founded the Art Talks series, established two permanent student galleries, and developed the now thriving photography and media program from the ground up.
Utah women artists of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries were formidable: they traveled the world, led art movements and artist societies, and advocated for the importance of artmaking and collecting to a broader Utah public. These women were not wallflowers. They were actively engaged in creating community, meaning and transformation through the visual arts.