It seems fitting that The Utah Arts Festival's director, Lisa Sewell, is a Utahan born (Salt Lake) and raised (Cottonwood High). She went AWOL briefly to get a BA in Political Science, Communications at Linfield College in McMinnville, Oregon, but came backto Utah to work in the nonprofit sector, first at KUER (1988-1995) and then at the Utah Arts Festival. 2011 marks her fifth year as the festival's director. "I LOVE what I do and the people and community I associate with." Running something like the Utah Arts Festival requires mental balance and physical conditioning. The first she achieves with knitting. "I’m a rapid knitter and have a group that’s been meeting every Friday morning since 1985 to knit before work" (you'll be seeing some yarn bombing, a Random Acts of Art project, at the festival this year.) For the latter she trains to compete in Ironman competitions. She'll be going to Canada in August for her fourth.
Describe something you remember hanging on the wall in your home growing up:
All the posters and pictures I could find of Alice Cooper! I hung them on the back of my bedroom door. I was your typical over-achiever, editor of the newspaper, neat-freak, straight A student, but secretly had a crush on the “bad boy types.” I wondered why I’m still entranced with heavy metal and have a crush on James Hetfield….now it all makes sense!
What hangs above your mantel?
An original by Kaye Terry – I love it. It’s taken me quite a long time to move from purchasing prints to original art. My first year working at the Festival I joked that the only art I could “afford” was the business card that an artist, Deborah Mae Broad, had her worked printed on. I carried that around for years. I’ve definitely grown as an art-lover and collector over the years – I never thought I’d buy art, now I’m hooked.
What are you reading?
The Day I Went Missing by Jennifer Miller – a really creepy story. I can’t believe it’s a true story and could actually happen to someone. A good escape read for the weeks leading up to the Festival madness.
The 35th Annual Utah Arts Festival will erupt at Salt Lake's Library Square June 23-26. For more on arts festivals across the state see page 4.
Artists of Utah News Our "Robust" Listings New listing styles for our artist and organization directories
In anticipation of our ten-year anniversary in September, we'll be restructuring our site this summer. Earlier this year we launched a new design for the 15 Bytes portion of our site. Now we'll be incorporating the other sections of our site into the same format so that you'll find everything Artists of Utah has to offer in one place.
First off we'll be working on our artist and organization directories, which you'll soon find under the "People" and "Places" headings in our menu bar. You'll still be able to browse through Utah artists alphabetically and by media (with increased media options); and you'll be able to search by region for museums, galleries, alternative venues, studio spaces and more. But now those listings will be bigger and better. They will be robust.
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In Plain Site John Hess: Public Art Projects
Our April 2011 edition of 15 Bytes featured a video interview with Salt Lake fiber artist John Hess. In these outtakes from the interview Hess discusses two public art projects he was working on at the time. Both projects have now been installed, one at the new Magna Library (2675 South 8950 West Magna, UT 84044-1882
(801) 943-4636) and the other at the Riverton Senior Center (12914 S. Redwood Road (385) 468-3040).
15 Bytes: About Us
Our editorial contributors this edition
The content you see in this magazine is provided by a fluid group of volunteers whose ability with the pen or camera is matched by their curiosity and enthusiasm for Utah's art world. 15 Bytes is an open community forum. If you are interested in writing an article, or providing images for our magazine contact editor Shawn Rossiter at firstname.lastname@example.org
Simon Blundell is a Salt Lake native and has studied art, communication, journalism, design, and advertising. After working with advertising and editorial clients, he returned to school where he earned a Master of Fine Arts (MFA). Simon continues to explore photography and art in all its aspects. He loves music, literature, film, good food, travel, and motorcycles.
Jared Christensen grew up in North Ogden, Utah and finally moved to Salt Lake at the age of 18 to go to school. He is currently a junior at Westminster College pursuing a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in photography. This semester he is working as an intern with Artists of Utah.
Carol Fulton got her degree in radio and television production a long time ago. She was born in Brazil and lived in many countries, being a Foreign Service officer brat. Now retired from the airline industry, she volunteers at the Utah Museum of Fine Arts, and dabbles in oil painting and found-object sculpture.
John Hughes is an award-winning artist and teacher who has been painting the landscape both in and out of the studio since 1983. He maintains a studio in Taylorsville and teaches students in private workshops and in a course at Salt Lake Community College.
Frank McEntire,former executive director of the Utah Arts Council, is a sculptor, independent curator, and arts administrator and was the art critic for The Salt Lake Tribune and Salt Lake City magazine.
Shawn Rossiter, a native of Boston, grew up on the East Coast. He has degrees in English, French and Italian Literature. He dropped out of a Masters program in Contemporary Literature to pursue a career as an artist. He founded Artists of Utah in 2001 and is editor of its magazine, 15 Bytes.
Dale Thompson has a B.A. in Liberal Arts from The Evergreen State College. Her writing career includes work for a local theatre, journalism in Park City, and freelance contributions for various nonprofit organizations.
Tony Watson is originally from Washington State but has lived most of his adult life in Utah. No one occupation has occupied his working hours but his leisure hours are spent either climbing southern Utah's redrock country or engaging his mind with aesthetic issues.
Geoff Wichert has degrees in critical writing and creative nonfiction. He writes about art to settle the arguments going on in his head.
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