Exhibitions | Salt Lake Area Exhibitions

Space Maker at UMFA

Salt Lake City
Aug. 21 – Dec. 5

Through a keen awareness of the spaces we inhabit—whether interior or exterior, natural or built, real or imagined—Space Maker explores the tensions, histories, and myths that shape our experiences of the world. These works, created by a variety of artists in a dynamic range of media, question the bonds between place and identity, reflect on our relationships to the land, and explore the realities that emerge when an imaginary world is created.

Space Maker is a celebration of the University of Utah’s artistic community. The thirty-plus artists featured in this exhibition serve as faculty within the University of Utah’s Department of Art and Art History and comprise a diverse group of thinkers and creators who share a commitment to their work as artists and educators. This exhibition provides a snapshot of their distinct and varied art practices, which include traditional and innovative techniques from charcoal on paper and hand-built ceramics to digital coloring and 3D models. These artworks were largely created over the past year and undeniably influenced by individual and collective experiences of a tumultuous time marked by stay-at-home-orders, nationwide anti-racist protests, and a growing awareness of the impact of climate change on our environment. Together they offer us a space to observe, reflect, and connect.

Edward Bateman

Simon Blundell

Laurel Caryn

Erika Cespedes

Lewis J. Crawford

Al Denyer

Elizabeth DeWitte

John Erickson

Haynes Goodsell

Joshua Graham

Michael Hirshon

Trishelle Jeffery

Lenka Konopasek

Beth Krensky

Naomi Marine

V. Kim Martinez

Kylie Millward

Martin Novak

Marnie Powers-Torrey

Andrew Rice

Vanessa Romo

Sylvia Ramachandran Skeen

Brian Snapp

Carol Sogard

Natalie Oliver Strathman

Paul Stout

Amy Thompson

Emily Tipps

Maureen O’Hara Ure

Adam Watkins

Moses Williams

Wendy Wischer

Jaclyn Wright

Space Maker is supported by Installation Sponsor UMFA Art Lovers and presented in partnership with the U’s College of Fine Arts and Department of Art and Art History, with in-kind support from the Utah Division of Arts and Museums.


Advance tickets are strongly encouraged.

Space Maker is curated by Nancy Rivera, a Mexican-American visual artist, curator, and arts administrator based in Salt Lake City. Rivera is the visual arts coordinator for the Utah Division of Arts and Museums.

Utah Museum of Fine Arts

Marcia and John Price Museum Building

410 Campus Center Drive

Salt Lake City, UT 84112-0350


Wednesdays 10 am– 8 pm
Thursdays–Saturdays 10 am– 5 pm
The 10–11 am hour is reserved for seniors and high-risk individuals

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