Tiffini Porter, founder and owner of Current Work in Salt Lake City, has announced that as 2023 comes to a close the gallery will close its programming and focus on consulting projects and independent projects. Launched last summer, Current Work has hosted seven exhibitions featuring 20 artists from Utah and beyond. Their Granary District gallery space is undergoing a transformation. V. Project Studios, led by artist and designer Gary Vlasic, will expand into the gallery area, using it as a creative office and project space. Collaborations between V. Project and Current Work will continue, with potential curatorial opportunities in the future. Meanwhile, art consulting services for residential and commercial projects are available for those seeking assistance in art acquisition or collection building.
Right now, it’s just an idea freshly arrived on the radar of state officials, but a plan to build a 300-foot statue at the former Draper state prison site, described as a companion piece to New York’s Statue of Liberty, has taken its first steps toward a potential home in Utah.
The Statue of Responsibility was first conceived of nearly 80 years ago by Austrian psychologist and holocaust survivor Viktor Frankl who believed the ode to liberty, embodied in the iconic Statue of Liberty, was worthy of a complimentary monument on the West Coast of the U.S. that would help underscore that the concept of freedom as one that requires both liberty and responsibility.
The Springville Museum of Art has unveiled its 37th annual Spiritual and Religious Exhibition, which showcases diverse art pieces depicting religion, spirituality, humanity and connection.
The exhibit will feature 238 pieces displayed through six showrooms in the museum, taking up a majority of the first floor of the historic building. In total, 657 pieces were entered for the show, Associate Director Shannon Acor said, and an outside jury selected which art pieces would be displayed.
In its 85-year history, South Salt Lake has had many nicknames: Industry City, City on the Move, home to the largest collection of public art in Utah.
“We’re a small city with big opportunities,” said Edward Lopez, deputy director of Promise South Salt Lake, a city agency tasked with aiding youth, families and communities. “People sometimes don’t even realize that South Salt Lake is its own city, we are.”
In recent years, South Salt Lake has become a haven for refugee and immigrant communities. It’s a place where brewpubs and distilleries have found space to flourish. And it’s where artists have found room to create, in studio space or, thanks to the annual Mural Fest, adding color and culture to industrial walls.
City Weekly released their annual “Best of” edition this month. Some of the winners that might be of interest to the visual arts community:
Best Arts & Crafts Studio
Red Kiln Pottery Gallery
Best Art Gallery
Urban Arts Gallery
Best Friend of the Arts
Utah Arts Alliance
Best Urban Public Art
“Out of the Blue,” aka “The Whale”
Sculptor: Stephen Kesler; mural: Mike Murdock.
Best Visual Artist
Best New Gallery on the Block … in Helper
Kilpatrick Art Garage
Best Art Wonders
Anthony’s Antiques and Fine Art
Evan Jed Memmott
Best Baring of One’s Artistic Soul
Best Recently Discovered Artist Community
Best Locally Curated Immersive Art
Best Stained-Glass Art
‘Roots of Knowledge’ at UVU
Staring down the length of a long table arranged with seemingly infinite dots, one’s line of sight can detect a partition between wires that hold plastic disks hovering above the table. The effect creates a dizzying visual mirage that entices and dislodges the sense of self.
Indeed, the installations of Stephanie Leitch exist on multiple levels—the tangible, the phenomenological, and in the photos and videos that serve to document their unique and elaborate creation.
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