The work of 35 artists that reflect the accomplishments, tragedies, and legacy of the Transcontinental Railroad will be displayed in the Rio Gallery, located in the lobby of the historic Rio Grande Dept.
The exhibit, titled “Transcontinental: People, Place, Impact,” is part of the Spike 150 celebrations that mark the 150th anniversary of the completion of the nation’s first Transcontinental Railroad on May 10, 1869. The exhibition is presented by the Utah Division of Arts and Museums, with support from the Spike 150 Commission, and Utah Department of Heritage and Arts.
The exhibition opens March 22 and runs through June 14, with an artist reception April 19 from 6-9pm, with a special performance by artist Gregg Deal at 7pm. The Rio Gallery is located at 300 S. Rio Grande, which is free and open to the public Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The 35 artists featured in this exhibition currently live and work in Utah, or have significant ties to Utah. The work ranges from traditional to contemporary and includes a variety of media including: painting, sculpture, photography, printmaking, installation, performance, and video.
The artists have created work focusing on topics such as transportation, innovation, immigrant and labor issues, impact on Indigenous communities, environmental issues, globalization, historical figures and stories, and personal heritage.
This exhibition is part of a host of Spike 150 activities that aim to inspire, educate, and reflect on the legacy of the Transcontinental Railroad. For more information about these activities visit Spike150.org. For more information about this exhibition and the Rio Gallery visit the visual arts website.
The Rio & Alice Galleries were created as a service to Utah artists. They provide free venues for emerging and established artists to collaborate on exhibits and engage the community through art making and dialogue. For more information on exhibition and other program opportunities visualarts.utah.gov.
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