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Visual Arts
50 Shades of Red: Horne Fine Art and Sprague Library Exhibits Examine the Color Red

50 Shades of Red: Horne Fine Art and Sprague Library Exhibits Examine the Color Red

Art critic Clement Greenberg once said that “…for Western art in its Modernist phase ‘purity’ has been a useful idea and ideal, with a kind of logic to it that has worked, and still works, to generate aesthetic value and maintain aesthetic standards as nothing else in our specializing culture has over the last hundred-odd...

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Our America: Latino Presence at the UMFA

Our America: Latino Presence at the UMFA

by Scotti Hill To consider oneself an American is to acknowledge an inherent lack of cultural homogeny. The nation is comprised of countless national ancestries, cultures, religions and customs. So much so that the traditional and hopeful “melting pot” metaphor has given way to the more realistic “tossed salad.” The Utah Museum of Fine Art’s...

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Less is More: Alexander Morris at Alderwood Fine Art

Less is More: Alexander Morris at Alderwood Fine Art

Inspiration comes from many places, and what inspires an artist to create may not be the same thing that inspires a viewer to appreciate, but the power of good art is that ability to act as a mediator, as a go-between, from the source of initial artistic inspiration to the work’s ability to inspire something...

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#Blessed: User-generated Content and Indexing Spirituality

#Blessed: User-generated Content and Indexing Spirituality

  By Amie Tullis Beginning this Friday, the Granary Art Center in Ephraim, Utah will be assaulted with a visual overwhelm of printed Instagram images for #Blessed: User-generated Content and Indexing Spirituality. The hashtag #blessed has been used over 34 million times since Instagramʼs inception. It was used well over 8,000 times the day that...

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Creadoras de Cultura: Ruby Chacon and Natalia Deeb-Sossa at Mestizo

Creadoras de Cultura: Ruby Chacon and Natalia Deeb-Sossa at Mestizo

Art depicting women engaged in roles as creators, protectors and transmitters of culture through a Chicana feminist lens.

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David Maestas

David Maestas

David Maestas doesn’t regard being an artist as a career choice, or something he necessarily initiated at a certain point in his life. It is a way of life, and how life always has been. “I think being an artist is a full-time thing, from the moment you wake up to the moment you go...

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Combining the Visual and the Verbal: The Art(s) of Teresa Jordan

Combining the Visual and the Verbal: The Art(s) of Teresa Jordan

Teresa Jordan not only tells stories with words, but uses her own visual art to enrich the reader’s experience.  In her Field Notes from the Grand Canyon, published in 2000, watercolor sketches and her handwritten notes fill some pages, balanced by type-set essays on other pages. In Field Notes from Yosemite, published in 2002, watercolor...

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Billy Schenck at Modern West Fine Art

Billy Schenck at Modern West Fine Art

  “…If you’re looking for scattered sagebrush and majestic skies, carved mesas and stunning sunsets, you’ll find plenty of it here. You’ll also find plenty of heroic figures, usually on horseback, framed by huge cumulus clouds, a trope so frequently employed it seems almost clumsy – until one sees the paintings that subvert the same...

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Francis Zimbeaux: Early Years

Francis Zimbeaux: Early Years

Francis Zimbeaux was a storyteller and a mythmaker, whether in his art or in his life. His paintings frequently explored remembered or imagined landscapes, and were shrouded in a mythic mist, filled with reclining nudes, dancing nymphs and pipe-blowing Pans. His own story has been shrouded in a similar mist, created by him or those...

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From Myth to Belief: Joseph Ostraff's "Fanongo Kia Hiko"

From Myth to Belief: Joseph Ostraff’s “Fanongo Kia Hiko”

Brigham Young University professor Joseph Ostraff has made many trips to Tonga. This piece, made in response to an experience he had while visiting the island of Foa, was created in 1999 and accessioned into the State of Utah Fine Art Collection in 2002. Ostraff says painting is his way of developing a personal sense...

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Black North: Jena Schmidt at Finch Lane Gallery

Black North: Jena Schmidt at Finch Lane Gallery

When Jena Schmidt saw ‘Black North’ written inside the lid of her grandfather’s brass compass, the words resonated with her painterly project as though she’d found a fellow explorer. While compass directions have rich associations for us, they don’t really have colors: north is no more black than it is white or green. But on...

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What's New: Jeff Juhlin

What’s New: Jeff Juhlin

Known primarily for his encaustic abstractions inspired, in part, by the landscape of southern Utah, Jeff Juhlin has started 2015 as he has for the past five Januarys — by teaching a couple of encaustic workshops at the Hui Art Center in Maui. “It’s a stunningly beautiful place located in what they call ‘Upcounty’ on...

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