Salt Lake City’s First Valley-Wide Artist Open Studio,
Debuts Oct. 12-13, 2019
Launching in the Fall of 2019, Wasatch Studio Tour (www.wasatchstudiotour.comwill be Salt Lake City’s first valley-wide artist open studio tour featuring more than 100 established, mid-career and emerging artists working in more than 20 mediums.
Artists Mary Tull and Jeff Juhlin found themselves wondering why Salt Lake didn’t have an established artist studio tour event, especially given the creative local talent, so they set out to change that and Tull thinks the concept is long overdue. “After experiencing several well-established artist studio tours in other cities, we became determined to develop and launch Salt Lake’s version of an artist studio tour and are thrilled to have exceeded all our goals and expectations in our first year,” said Tull.
To create the plan and oversee the implementation, Tull & Juhlin organized a volunteer committee of artists, arts administrators, business people and activists who have been meeting regularly for the past year to bring the tour to life.
“I have always believed in the power of bringing artists and art lovers together and in fact this has been a central theme of my professional career. In a world that is rapidly becoming more digital, I still think the best way to view art is in person so Wasatch Studio Tour just made sense for both the community and artists,” said Kandace Steadman, committee member and former Visual Arts Program Manager for the Salt Lake Arts Council.
Salt Lake artists seem to agree, with more than 100 artists registered, there is a demand for this event. And while there are other artist studio events, none has the scope of Wasatch Studio Tour, both in geography and demographic reach. The inclusive, non-juried format provides emerging artists the ability to show their work to a larger audience. Established artists will have a structure through which they can invite art enthusiasts and collectors into their studios for a more personalized experience of their work and process.
Participating artists will receive several valuable perks:
· inclusion on Wasatch Studio Tour’s easy to navigate website gallery
· continual exposure the tour’s social media platforms
· inclusion in workshops teaching them how to conduct a successful open studio
· traditional marketing support
· inclusion on the tour map
· tour signage
· post show analysis
Artists have three ways to join: as individuals, mini groups of three artists and group sites of four or more artists. To date, there are eight groups and three mini groups representing almost half the registered artists. Groups sites will be indicated on the tour map.
Likewise, Wasatch Studio Tour has received a warm welcome from initial sponsors and supporters including: Blick Art Supply, Utah Division of Arts and Museums, CBRE Real Estate Development, Urban Arts and the Utah Arts Festival.
For more information, contact:
Kandace Steadman: firstname.lastname@example.org, 801-836-6933
David LeCheminant email@example.com, 801-419-6177
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