For Joseph Alleman, an important motive to paint lies in understanding his surroundings. “Finding compelling subject matter within an environment is all about looking beyond detail, breaking things down into shapes and values. There’s definitely a time and place to venture into the unknown but for me the […]
“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 […]
Bill Viola. Sandy Skoglund. The Dutch masters. These are a few of the influences Megan K. Geilman cites for her photographic work. The Provo-based artist, who studied at the California College of the Arts and Brigham Young University, shares with these artists an interest in the tableau, 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.
“I love drawing, it is where I came from,” says University of Utah art professor Tom Hoffman. Born in Madison, Wisconsin, Hoffman earned a BFA from the Art Institute of Chicago in 1989, and an MFA from Northwestern University in 1991. He has worked as a realist in a […]
SONDERimmersive’s “Thank You Theobromine” Pushes Audience to Participate in a Magical Mystery Experience
SONDERimmersive’s Thank You Theobromine, in collaboration with The Chocolate Conspiracy, is an interactive dance theater production built around the story of a chocolatier who may have poisoned people. Groups of audience members tour downtown shop The Chocolate Conspiracy, guided by performers but allowed the freedom to explore within […]
On December 21, the sun set in Salt Lake City at 5:03 p.m. Normally, this, the shortest day of the year, reminds me of my desperate need for more sunlight (if you’re like me, you may want to check out a seasonal affective disorder light, which helps to […]
Is it possible to make sense of a large, statewide exhibition constructed on little more than common mediums and the tastes of one or two jurors? Possibly, but it’s not easy; or always advisable. So, for the Utah Division of Arts and Museum’s 2019 statewide annual at the […]
Are you still looking for something special for the art lover on your list? Or maybe something for yourself? How about a copy of Utah’s 15: The State’s Most Influential Artists, Vol. II? This book, published in conjunction with our Utah’s 15 exhibit held earlier this year, features profiles on the 15 […]
Dan Higgins’ new work Speak, which opened Dec. 12 at the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center, looks like it might have been made for his employer, Repertory Dance Theatre (it was sponsored by RDT, as part of the company’s Link Series for independent choreographers). The seventy-minute dance, in […]